Short Biography (400 words):
Finalist in the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Yevgeny Yontov has established himself as one of the most promising Israeli pianists of his generation.
In addition to being a finalist, Yevgeny received the Prize for Best Performance of Chamber Music, and the Prize for the Best Israeli Pianist. Other international top prizes include the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, 1st prize at the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, and additional prizes in competitions such as the Boesendorfer International Piano Competition in Arizona, the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in New Mexico, and the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo, Italy.
A founding member of icarus Quartet, a 2piano/2percussion chamber group, and Artistic Director of The Second Movement chamber concert series in New Haven, Connecticut, Yevgeny holds chamber music close to heart. He has played as a chamber musician in Israel, Europe, the US, Canada, and South America, in venues that include Carnegie Hall in New York and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Chamber colleagues include distinguished artists, such as David Shifrin, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, and members of established string quartets like the Orion, Dover, Aviv, and Miro Quartets. Yevgeny has also performed in numerous chamber festivals, most notably twice as a Protege Artist in “Chamber Music Northwest” in Portland, Oregon.
As a solo artist, Yevgeny has performed on stages in Israel, the US, Korea, and many European countries. Orchestral engagements include numerous orchestras in the US, including orchestras in Florida, Connecticut, Louisiana and Arkansas, and all major Israeli orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He also performed on Israeli national TV, and recorded for Israeli, US, Portuguese and Spanish radios. Yevgeny’s debut CD, “Schubert: Piano Variations,” was released on Naxos Records in 2017, and includes seldom performed piano variations and fragments by Schubert, as well as his relatively newly discovered Grazer Fantasie.
Yevgeny began his musical studies at the age of six with Adela Umansky, and later received his B.Mus degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He then moved to the US to study with Prof. Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he received his M.M. degree and is currently pursuing his D.M.A.