Yael Kleinman-Hyken, viola

Yael has had a musical career that has taken her all over the world. Initially a violinist, she switched to viola under the guidance of Prof. David Chen in the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv when she was 16.

At the age of 18 She joined the Israel Army in the unit of “Outstanding Musicians” for a period of 21 months. During this time she also played with the Young Israel Philharmonic touring to both Germany and China.

After being released from the army, Yael moved to The Netherlands to pursue her Bachelors Degree in Music at the Academy for Music in Rotterdam, where she studied with Prof. Ron Ephrat.

From 2004-2008, Yael was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra under Music Director Maestro James Levine. She was also member of the UBS Chamber Orchestra Touring in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia with violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov.

She has played with many esteemed conductors including Valery Gergeiv, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Stephane Deneve,  Osmo Vanska, Yuri Temirkanov, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, and Gustavo Dudamel among many others.

Yael studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City with both Irene Breslaw and Daniel Avshalomov.

From 2007-2010, she was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami under music director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Yael teaches violin and viola to elementary thru high school students, as well as playing with the Miami City Ballet, Naples Philharmonic and the Florida Grand Opera in Miami.

Yael has been principal viola of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas since 2014 and is currently principal viola of the Nu Deco Ensemble based in Miami FL.

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