Born in Israel, Yoni Gertner studied at the Kfar Saba Conservatory, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Much credit for the indispensable gifts of inspiration, technique and love of music goes to his teachers and mentors through the years: Atar Arad, Hagai Shaham, Michael Gaisler, Paul Welt and Zachary Chanin.
Growing up, Mr. Gertner was a member of the Jerusalem Music Center’s Young Musicians Program and served in the Israel Defense Force as an outstanding musician. He was a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship and the Barbara and David Jacobs fellowship at the Jacobs School of Music, where he also held a position of Associate Instructor. Mr. Gertner won prizes in several competitions that took place at the Jerusalem Academy and at the Jacobs School of Music.
In 2016 Mr. Gertner joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and is fortunate to perform across the globe with some of the world’s leading conductors. Chamber music being one of his greatest passions, he has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Atar Arad, Hagai Shaham, Rudolph Koelman, Mihaela Martin, Giora Feidman, Kirill Gerstein, the Rubens Quartet and many others. He has taken part in major music festivals in Europe and in Israel, collaborated with several ensembles specializing in new music and performed as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
When not performing on stage, Mr. Gertner is a podcast enthusiast, enjoys watching thought provoking YouTube videos and would rarely turn down an invitation to join a lively debate.