Yonah Zur, violin
Violinist Yonah Zur regularly performs throughout the US, Israel, and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in both traditional, as well as contemporary repertoire. He has appeared as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Contemporary Players, and the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
This season Mr. Zur is on staff with the Harvard-Radcliff Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony orchestras. This past summer he performed at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans, and Scrag Mountain Music in Northern Vermont. Past summer festivals have included the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Tanglewood, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern summer festivals, where he shared the stage with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Emerson Quartets, and with pianists Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, and Bruno Canino.
Yonah Zur was a member of Israel’s Carmel Quartet for two seasons and served as assistant principal second violin with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra for six seasons. His view, that an artist plays a vital role in society, manifests in his numerous educational activities. He has performed, interacted, and coached in many different educational settings with young musicians and audiences ranging from ages 2-90.
Yonah Zur is devoted to new music, and has given numerous world premieres, including the premiere performance of the Violin Concerto by his father, Menachem Zur. His recordings of works by Louis Karchin, Chester Biscardi, Paul Moravec and Robert Cuckson have appeared on the Naxos, Albany Records, and ArkivMusic labels.
Mr. Zur graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance having studied with Avi Abramovich, and earned his Masters at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann. He was a recipient of the AICF scholarships from 1995-2003.