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July 12, 1981|
Yaron initially aspired to become a professional basketball player but, confronted with a knee injury at the age of 16 was forced to come up with an alternative plan. He began piano lessons with jazz musician Opher Brayer, who taught him using a unique methodology based on philosophy, mathematics and psychology. Two years later, Yaron earned the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music’s "Junior talent" award. At age 19, he moved to the United States. At age 21, he recorded his first album, Takes 2 to Know 1 with Sylvain Ghio, produced by Sketch Records. In 2008, he earned the French prize "Victoire du jazz" in the category "Revelation of the year" for the album A time for everything. In 2009, he was nominated for three "Victoires du Jazz" awards in the categories: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for the album Muse), and People’s Choice. Yaron’s album Muse also went on to win the iTunes title Jazz Album of the Year in 2009. He was president of the jury at the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and president of the Montreux Jazz Academy in 2015 and 2016.
He has performed with many well-known artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Michel Portal, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dominic Miller, Avishai Cohen, Pat Metheny, Lars Danielsson, Matt Brewer, Gerald Cleaver, Gilad Hekselman, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Yael Naim and Matthieu Chedid.
Passionate about teaching and dissecting the creative process, Yaron has spoken at a number of conferences such as TEDxParis (2015), TEDGlobal (2013), TEDxCERN (2013) and TEDxHelvetia (2012), in addition to presenting at business seminars for various corporations, including Google. In 2015, he took part in an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris called "Une brève histoire de l’avenir" ("A brief history of the future"), organized by Jacques Attali. He is also a member of the "Young Leaders" program of the France China Foundation.
Yaron has composed music for television advertisements for French company Free (in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Taïeb) and bank Société Générale as well as for the international fashion house Hermès.
Yaron’s musical style has been influenced by jazz musicians such as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Lennie Tristano and Brad Mehldau, and by popular music artists such as Björk and Sting. Other sources of inspiration include traditional and classical music (Alexander Scriabin, Maurice Ravel). This eclectic mix of influences is evident in his 2007 album, A Time for Everything, which includes covers of popular tracks from Britney Spears (Toxic), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah) and The Police (Message in a Bottle).
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