2nd Prize Composition 2017
Yair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He studied composition with Ruben Seroussi at the University Buchmann-Mehta in Tel-Aviv, with Georg Friedrich Haas at the Basel Musikhochschule and at Columbia University in New York, where he is currently a doctoral student. He has also taken masterclasses with George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough and Rebecca Saunders.
His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Recherche, the Meitar Ensemble, the JACK Quartet and the MIVOS Quartet and in festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, Schwetzinger SWR Festspielen, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik and Tage für Neue Musik Zürich.
Yair Klartag is recipient of a number of scholarships (STV-KHS Studientpreis, Schweizer Bundesstipendium, "Klon" scholarship from Israel Composers' League) and has won composition prizes such as the Stuttgart Composition Prize, 31st Irino Prize (Japan), 1st Prize at the Ireneu Segarra Competition, 2nd Prize at the Concours Dutilleux (France), Audience Prize at the Isang Yun Competition (Korea), 2nd Prize at the SCCM Competition (China) and 3rd Prize at the Arioso Musica Domani Competition (USA).