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Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at the early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan.

Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair moved to Brussels to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle- Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music.

Yair quickly became a well known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him.

Yair was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the "Israeli Baroque Players" which toured extensively around the world, such as participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the "Tel-Aviv piano quartet", USA based "New Art Trio", Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. He enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in Duo violin repertoire.​

Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.​

Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire.

As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair's students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in the competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions.

Current Positions

1) Since    1971      Tel Aviv University, Israel

                                      Prof. for violin, violin pedagogy, and chamber music, at Buchman Mehta School of Music

     1989 – 1993      Director of the Rubin Academy, Buchman Mehta School of Music

     1997 – 1995       Head of Strings, Rubin Academy, Buchman Mehta School of Music

    Since 2009    Prof. Emeritus

2) Since 1995      Kunst Universtat Graz, Austria     

                                      Prof. in Violin – Konzertfach

     Since 2009   Prof. Emeritus  and Guest Prof.


​3) Since 2005   Royal Northern College of Music, England- Visiting guest Prof.

      Since 2011       International Chair for violin

4) Since 2019     Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy

​Yair annually participates in many prestigious festivals, conducts master classes, and often invited to be a part of the jury panels of many international competitions.

Masterclasses and Festivals


United States of America

1975 – 1984:  Summer Courses at University of the South, Tennessee

1985 – 1994: Chautauqua Festival, NY

2000 – 2006:  Bowdoin Festival, Main

​1995 – 1998, and since 2008:  Summer Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.​


​Additional Masterclasses in the US:


New England Conservatory, Boston

Indiana University, Bloomington

Temple University – Philadelphia

Dallas University – Huston University, Texas

Encore – Summer Course, Ohio

North Western University, Chicago




1982 – 1989:  Course twice yearly, organised by the Association of Violin Teachers of Baden-Wuerttemberg; violin classes, classes for methodic, musical advisory functions, academic extension courses for teachers on techniques and interpretation

Since   1989:  Annual winter course in Sindelfingen

1990 – 1992:   Guest-Professor at Frankfurt Hochschule         

                               Masterclasses in Dresden, Weimar, Stuttgart and Frankfurt



Great Britain

Yehudi Menuhin School Masterclass, London       

Royal Academy of Music Masterclass, London


1993 – 1997:  Masterclasses at Holland Music Sessions


2007 – 2013:  Guest Prof. at Toho School, Tokyo




Masterclasses at Conservatoire National, Paris

Three Summer Courses at Vanes




Masterclasses  at: Warsaw, Gdansk, Lublin, Katowice, Lancut and Gniezno

Since  2008:  Guest Prof. at Krakow Summer Academy




1991:  Masterclass at Gnesin Institute, Moscow

Masterclass at Saint Petersburg Conservatorium

2012:  Masterclasses at Vladivostok Ufa and Yekterinesburg



2004, 2009:  Guest Prof. at Reina Sofia School, Madrid



​2004:  Guest Prof. at Seoul University




Since 1990: Masterclasses at: Helsinki, Turku, Oulu, Raudaskila, Tampere, Espoo


2012:  Guest Prof. at Liszt Academy Budapest


Additional Masterclasses Worldwide:

Australia (1990); Costa Rica (1995); Romania (2005); Turkey (2006); Italy (2003 – 2006); China (2009); New Zealand (2010)


​Yair Kless sees great importance in educating and developing future violin teachers. He has initiated, created, and run for the last few decades a Tel Aviv University program that includes theoretical and practical classes, which focuses on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching.

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