Multi-award-winning pianist Amit Yahav is much in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, having earned his reputation for interpretations that grip and move audiences with passion and intellectual insight. His interpretations of the music of Chopin and Schumann in particular have received high praise. Alongside his performing career, Amit also conducted research into Chopin with the generous support of the Royal College of Music’s Polonsky Award.
In performance, Amit’s interpretations are historically informed, and often made accessible to the audience by spoken introductions which place the works in a historical, social and cultural context. Amit is keen to programme well-known and loved repertoire along lesser-known works.
Amongst Amit’s success are the Anthony Lindsay Piano Prize, the Special Jury Prize at the Northwood-Ruislip Concerto Competition, the György Solti Award for Professional Development, and the Brooks-van der Pump Pianist Prize at the Royal College of Music. Amit also won the 1st International Israeli Music Competition in London and consequently performed Zvi Avni’s On the Verge of Time in London’s Southbank Centre in the presence of the composer.
In 2014, Amit released his newest CD “Amit Yahav Plays Chopin“, containing the four Ballades alongside the 2 Polonaises op.26 and the C# Minor Scherzo op.39. This release follows Amit’s tour showcasing the four Ballades in an explained recital, which was selected by the Royal College of Music as part of their Insight Series of soirees offered to their donors. In 2018, he earned a Doctor of Music degree for his thesis investigating interpretation in the music of Chopin.
L. van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor op.37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major op.58
Piano Concerto in F Minor op.21
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante op.22
Piano Concerto in A Minor op.16
Piano Concerto in D-flat Major
W. A. Mozart
Piano Concerto in G Major K453
Piano Concerto in D Minor K466
Piano Concerto in A Major K488
Piano Concerto in C Minor K491
Piano Concerto No.2 op.18
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op.43
Piano Concerto in G Minor op.22
Piano Concerto in A Minor op.54
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major op.102
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor op.23
The history of the fantasy stretches back over centuries and dates back to the Renaissance. Almost all great composers tried their hand at this genre, each giving it a personal touch. With fantasies by Frédéric Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and Robert Schumann, Amit Yahav presents several highlights of this musical form, including Chopin’s Fantasy in F Minor op.49, Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp Minor op.28, Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major op.17 and the famous Fantaisie Impromptu op.66 in the version from a manuscript in Chopin’s own hand – a worthwhile discovery!
Following a tour of lecture-recitals about Chopin’s 4 Ballades, Amit’s debut-CD “Amit Yahav Plays Chopin” is now available for purchase as a hard copy or in digital formats. Alongside the 4 Ballades, Amit presents the 2 Polonaises op.26, and the Scherzo in C# Minor op.39. Listen to the Polonaise in E-flat Minor op.26 no.2.