Aged 15, Yali Zaken has studied piano since the age of 7 under Lena Nemirovsky at Hassadna Conservatory Jerusalem, where he also participates in chamber music ensembles and studies theory and composition. Yali won first prize at the Piano Forever competition (2018), and second prize at the Pnina Zalzman competition (2019). He is one of the first pianists to be included in the Outstanding Musicians program of Israel's Ministry of Education; is a recipient of a Zefunot Culture scholarship, and was awarded a Scholarship for Excellence by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for 2018-2020. A participant in the Jerusalem Music Center Piano Program since 2017, he was one of only nine students selected to participate in Maestro Murray Perahia's summer course of masterclasses in 2019. Yali has performed in the UK, Belgium, Italy and Germany, has given two solo recitals in Jerusalem, and has played with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra (2019) and the Virtuoso Brunenses Orchestra (2018). Yali is a tenth-grader in the gifted students program of the Hebrew University High School.

Yali Zaken