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.
Mr. Zur will be returning to the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival for the third straight time this summer, and will participate in the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans for the first time. He has performed at 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. He was a member of the Carmel Quartet for two seasons and served as assistant principal second violin with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra for six seasons.
Mr. Zur’s view, that an artist plays a vital role in the society in which he is active, manifests in his numerous educational activities. He has played for thousands of school children in the US and Israel, leading outreach performances for Carnegie Hall ensembles, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Quartet, the String Orchestra of New York City, New York Philomusica, and other ensembles.
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.