Dr Yitzhak Yedid is an Israeli-Australian composer, pianist and educator. Yedid’s interest lies in performing and composing concert music. His composition folio contains orchestral, chamber and vocal music.
Yedid studied piano and composition in Jerusalem (Rubin Academy), Boston MA (New England Conservatory), and Melbourne (Monash University) where he gained a PhD degree in 2013.
Yedid is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow for the 2018-19 and Azrieli Music Prize winner. His awards include the top two prizes in Israel for composers and performers: the Prime Minister’s Prize (2007) and the Landau Prize for Performing Arts (2009). In 2008 he was awarded the first composition prize for solo work for harp at the 17th International Harp contest which led to numerous performances of the piece worldwide and to two commercial recordings. In 2009 his poly-stylistic composition Oud Bass Piano Trio was nominated for Germany’s prestigious Award. Yedid has also been awarded a composer-in- residence position at the Judith Wright Centre (Brisbane, 2010) and at the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts (08).
Yedid has performed his compositions with many ensembles in festivals and venues across Europe, Canada, the USA (including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston) and Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Asia, and Africa. His work has been presented at many festivals: Munich Festival; Icebreaker Festival (Seattle, US); Sibu Festival (Romania); Adis Ababa Arts Festival (Ethiopia); Tura New Music Festival; Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada); Vancouver Arts Festival; The Oud International Festival; Porgy & Bess Festival (Austria); Wiener Musik Galerie Festival; Frankfurt Arts Festival; and Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Yitzhak is currently lecturing at Monash University (The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) and at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane.