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Finalist in the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, pianist 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 and the 1st prize at the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, among others.

A founding member of icarus Quartet, Yevgeny holds chamber music close to heart. He has played as a chamber musician 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.

As a soloist, Yevgeny recently released his debut CD, “Schubert: Piano Variations” on Naxos Records in 2017, which 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.