Yaron Herman

Composer, Piano

Comes from Tel Aviv, Israel
Lives in Paris, France
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Yaron initially aspired to become a professional basketball player but, confronted with a knee injury at the age of 16 was forced to come up with an alternative plan. He began piano lessons with jazz musician Opher Brayer, who taught him using a unique methodology based on philosophy, mathematics and psychology. Two years later, Yaron earned the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music’s "Junior talent" award. At age 19, he moved to the United States. At age 21, he recorded his first album, Takes 2 to Know 1 with Sylvain Ghio, produced by Sketch Records. In 2008, he earned the French prize "Victoire du jazz" in the category "Revelation of the year" for the album A time for everything. In 2009, he was nominated for three "Victoires du Jazz" awards in the categories: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for the album Muse), and People’s Choice. Yaron’s album Muse also went on to win the iTunes title Jazz Album of the Year in 2009. He was president of the jury at the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and president of the Montreux Jazz Academy in 2015 and 2016.

He has performed with many well-known artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Michel Portal, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dominic Miller, Avishai Cohen, Pat Metheny, Lars Danielsson, Matt Brewer, Gerald Cleaver, Gilad Hekselman, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Yael Naim and Matthieu Chedid.

Passionate about teaching and dissecting the creative process, Yaron has spoken at a number of conferences such as TEDxParis (2015), TEDGlobal (2013), TEDxCERN (2013) and TEDxHelvetia (2012), in addition to presenting at business seminars for various corporations, including Google. In 2015, he took part in an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris called "Une brève histoire de l’avenir" ("A brief history of the future"), organized by Jacques Attali. He is also a member of the "Young Leaders" program of the France China Foundation.

Yaron has composed music for television advertisements for French company Free (in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Taïeb) and bank Société Générale as well as for the international fashion house Hermès.

Education

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Teaching methods of Opher Brayer

Piano studies under the tutelage of Opher Brayer, who used a combination of philosophy, mathematics and psychology. The intent of this research is to firstly, identify and understand the key concepts of Brayer’s methods and secondly, develop a portfolio of compositions utilising these principles.

Awards

Named "Junior talent" award, Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music’s

2000

Talent Jazz Adami

Aix-en-Provence, France, 2007

Prize in the category "Revelation of the year" , Victoire du jazz

2008

Named "Artist of the year", Victoire du jazz

2009

Named "Album of the year", Victoire du jazz

2009

Named "Prix du Public", Victoire du jazz

2009

Worked With

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François Salque

Cello

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Michel Portal

Clarinet, Composer

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David Greilsammer

Conductor, Piano

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Bertrand Chamayou

Piano

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Quatuor Ebène

Performed At

Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre, Ukraine

Théâtre Montansier in Versailles, France

Istanbul Festival

Vittoria Jazz Festival

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