Yaron Herman

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Yaron Herman
Born (1981-07-12) 12 July 1981 (age 38)
Tel-Aviv, Israel
WebsiteOfficial website

Yaron Herman (Hebrew: ירון הרמן‎; born 12 July 1981) is a French-Israeli jazz pianist now living in Paris.


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 playing the piano at the age of 16.[1]

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.

Other Activities[edit]

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).


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2003? Takes 2 to Know 1 Sketch Duo, with Sylvain Ghio (drums, percussion)[2]
2006? Variations Laborie Solo piano[3]
2006? Suite Elegiaque As Newtopia Project
2007? A Time for Everything Laborie Trio, with Matt Brewer (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)[4]
2009? Muse Sunnyside Most tracks trio, with Matt Brewer (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums); some tracks with Quatuor Ebene String Quartet added[5]
2010? Follow the White Rabbit ACT Trio, with Chris Tordini (bass), Tommy Crane (drums)[6]
2012 Alter Ego ACT Quintet, with Emile Parisien (tenor sax, soprano sax), Logan Richardson (alto sax), Stephane Kerecki (bass), Ziv Ravitz (drums)[7]
2015? Everyday Blue Note With Ziv Ravitz (drums), Helgi Jónsson (vocals)[8]
2015? Y Blue Note
2019 Songs of The Degrees Decca Records Trio

As sideman[edit]

  • Baldych, Adam (2014). "The New Tradition". ACT Music. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Miller, Dominic (2012). "5th House". Q-rious Music. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  1. ^ Ephland, John (July 2011). "Yaron Herman: The Endless Path". DownBeat. Vol. 78 no. 7. p. 23.
  2. ^ "Yaron Herman/Sylvain Ghio: Takes 2 to Know 1". All About Jazz. 8 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Yaron Herman: Variations". All About Jazz. 13 June 2006.
  4. ^ Kelman, John (27 October 2007). "Yaron Herman: A Time for Everything". All About Jazz.
  5. ^ May, Chris (19 July 2009). "Yaron Herman Trio: Muse". All About Jazz.
  6. ^ Lindsay, Bruce (23 October 2010). "Yaron Herman: Follow the White Rabbit". All About Jazz.
  7. ^ "Yaron Herman: Alter Ego – CD". actmusic.com. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ Fordham, John (27 August 2015). "Yaron Herman: Everyday review – classical polish, dancing vivacity". The Guardian.

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