Einav Yarden • piano
Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her “…imagination and exceptionally vivid playing…Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace” (The Washington Post, USA), and “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Tagesspiegel, Germany). In 2005 she completed four years of study with the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University), earning a Masters of Music with high honors and a Graduate Performance Diploma. Prior to that she received a Bachelors of Music from the Rubin Music Academy of the Tel Aviv University under the instruction of Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, and her early education was with Hadassa Gonen at the Israel Conservatory Tel Aviv. Other piano guidance includes that of Elisso Virsaladze, Richard Goode and Prof. Zvi Meniker (on historical fortepianos).
In 2013 she released her debut solo CD, ‘Oscillations’, on the label Challenge Classics. The CD received international praise and was selected as CD of the Month on the leading German piano magazine ‘Piano News’. Einav Yarden has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunk Chor, Minnesota Symphony, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Plovdiv Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony Rishon Le-Zion, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Leon Botstein, Stefan Blunier, Horia Andreescu, Mark Russell Smith, Simon Halsey, Mendi Rodan and others.
She was the 3rd Prize Winner at the 2009 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, a Prize Winner at the 2006 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition and was also a Finalist at the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition. In addition, she won in 2001 the First Prize at the Aviv Competitions, the most distinguished national competition in Israel, taking the Guralnik Piano Prize as well as the Zilbermann Prize for performance of a contemporary Israeli work.
She was a recipient of the AICF scholarships, an important scholarship institution in Israel, between 1996-2005. Noteworthy stages she performed on include the Berlin Philharmonie and the Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Schumannsaal in Düsseldorf, the French festival “La Roque d’Antheron”, multiple solo appearances in “Flâneries Musicales de Reims” festival. Also in France, she gave recitals in Paris’s Salle Cortot, the Musée d’Orsay Auditorium, the Grand Salon of the Hotel des Invalides and the Goethe Institute. As part of Lucern Festival in 2008, she was personally invited by Andras Schiff to take part in an intensive workshop on the five Beethoven concerti, which was also recorded and televised throughout Japan.
Her other festival participations include the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), Ravinia Festival Steans Institute (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Menton Festival (France), Upper-Galilee Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Aspen Festival (USA) and Musique-en-Brionnais (France) among others. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC (England), Deutsches Welle, WDR, and Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), France Musique (France), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), MPR (Minnesota), WBJC (Baltimore), WPR (Wisconsin), CBC (Canada) and Israel’s Kol Hamusica. While living in Israel, Einav was a member of the country’s leading contemporary group, the Israeli Contemporary Players with whom she also appeared as a soloist. She continues to integrate contemporary and lesser known repertoire in her performances.
A passionate chamber musician, and devotes herself regularly to collaborations with other musicians. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Stereoplay (Germany), August 2016 Issue
“With great intellectual sovereignty, with fine feeling for the Haydn subtile humor… Einav Yarden creates Haydn’s dry musical logic with enrich life and with fine agogik the inner gesture wealth, and the human pulse of this elementary structures of plastic to forms so that the immense wealth of this substantial miniatur-symphonies clearly and as a process of constant surprises for the handset perceivable. by Attila Csampai
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany), 30. July 2016
“Einav Yarden… a blazing plea for the tiny details” by Christopher Warmuth
Fono Forum & Stereo (Germany), September 2016 issue
Best vote *****
“Einav Yarden displays an inventively intelligent Haydn, full of wit and abundance, with a delicate, varying touch… her playing is finely-spirited and artful […]. Yarden plays a wonderfully exuberant, vibrant Haydn, glowing, transparent, adventurous, at times intimately chamber-music-like, at times grand and orchestral. A voice for Haydn!” (by Christoph Vratz)
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Germany), Bestenliste 3-2016
The important “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” (German Record Critics’ Award) gave its prize to Einav Yarden‘s Haydn Sonatas CD for 3rd quarter 2016: http://www.schallplattenkritik.de/bestenlisten/827-bestenliste-3-2016
Piano News (Germany)
CD des Doppelmonats / disc of the double month
“This is great piano playing and Yarden proves once more to which artistic greet she’s capable” by Carsten Dürer
The Washington Post (USA)
“a probing, incisive pianist with a beautiful sound and an impressively transparent touch. That transparency was quickly evident in Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, which opened the program. If you like Glenn Gould’s Bach, you’ll like Yarden’s. It is crystalline and precisely balanced down to its molecules, with superb voice-leading and a sense of purpose in every note. […] A sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace.” by Stephen Brooks
Piano News (Germany)
Debut recording “Oscillations” was awarded as the ‘CD of the Month’
“…mesmerizing pianism. With exceptional sensitivity and from her quite individual perspective, she manages to extract a degree of logic from the Beethoven sonatas that one hears only rarely in young pianists. […] Sophisticated combination of exactitude and natural rubati. A fascinating debut CD from a marvellous musician.” by Carsten Dürer
Der Taggesspiegel (Germany)
“…Einav Yarden astounded with a mature, interesting profile. The prizewinner of the International Beethoven Competition in Bonn performed a rendition of the master’s [Beethoven] Bagatelles with glistening fingering, accentuated ruptures and innovative contradictions. Also an unknown D-major Sonata by Haydn sparkled with intelligent humor.” by Isabel Herzfeld
La Lettre du Musicien (France)
“…The Sonata in G major by Schubert (D.894) reaps all the benefits. The musician draws unexpected colors from the keyboards, fearlessly allows silence to breathe, and is animated by a living pulse…She has a wide repertoire of motifs, and casts different lights as she brings them to us. The changing narrative, climate and psychology are incrementally encapsulated by the modulations of the text itself, via harmony instead of by resorting to artifice.” by Frédéric Gaussin
International Record Review (GB)
“…it was immediately apparent a great virtue of Einav Yarden’s playing is that she not only observes Beethoven’s dynamics and articulation marks scrupulously, but (and this is much more important) she understands the reasons for his markings, so that it is their musical intelligence that she conveys to the listener. […] Yarden’s semi-staccato touch in the left hand is utterly delightful and I have never heard anyone else play the moment in this way. Her finger work is immaculate.” by Stephen Pruslin
Haaretz Newspaper (Israel)
“…Einav Yarden, who performed Beethoven in her unique way – with restrained emotion that penetrates the heart, and technical perfection that by itself added another dimension to the experience of the music.” by Noam Ben-Zeev