Yariv Aloni

Sessional Instructors
Chamber music, viola

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment
yaloni@uvic.ca

Brief Biography

Violist Yariv Aloni is acclaimed by critics for his “impeccable technical accomplishments, exquisite phrasing and superb viola playing”, and as “the ideal soloist, with a huge, singing tone and a rare depth and nobility of feeling”

Born on A kibbutz in Israel, Yariv Aloni began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world including the Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others.

He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel-Aviv. His awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and annual scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural foundation.
As the violist of both the Aviv and the Penderecki string quartets, he has performed in many concert halls around the world including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland, Mexico, France, Poland and many more. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman to play a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

An avid and dedicated teacher he is teaching chamber music at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and is a former faculty member of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He has given master classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Brandon University, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In 1994 he became a faculty member and subsequently the artistic director of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre in the Comox Valley, British Columbia.

Aloni recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus, and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He appears regularly with the Vetta Ensemble in Vancouver and performs in numerous chamber music festivals and recitals series.

He is currently the music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and music director of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra.

Yariv Aloni, Conductor

Yariv Aloni has received praise for conducting “impassioned, inspiring” and “magnificently right” interpretations of major orchestral and choral repertoire. Reviewers also describe him as “a musician of considerable insight and impeccable taste.”

Yariv Aloni studied conducting under the tutelage of the Hungarian conductor János Sándor, former music director of the Budapest State Opera, the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Pecs. He also participated in workshops with conductors Helmuth Rilling and Gustav Meyer.

He is currently the music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and music director of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra.

Yariv Aloni guest appearances include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony in Vancouver, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Youth Choir. In 2007 he released his first CD of English music for strings with the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria.
Born on A kibbutz in Israel, Yariv Aloni began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world including the Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others.

He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel-Aviv. His awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and annual scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural foundation.
As the violist of both the Aviv and the Penderecki string quartets, he has performed in many concert halls around the world including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland, Mexico, France, Poland and many more. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman to play a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

An avid and dedicated teacher he is teaching chamber music at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and is a former faculty member of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He has given master classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Brandon University, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In 1994 he became a faculty member and subsequently from 1999 to 2007 be became the artistic director and conductor or the Courtenay Youth Music Centre in the Comox valley, British Columbia,
Aloni recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus, and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He appears regularly with the Vetta Ensemble in Vancouver and performs in numerous chamber music festivals and recitals series.

Media reviews:

"Aloni's sound is purest velvet, his phrasing exquisite, and his technical
accomplishment impeccable."

Waterloo Gazette

"A musician of considerable insight and impeccable taste, who has the
ability to get what he wants from his players."
Victoria Times Colonist



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