YEHUDA HANANI (2nd year) (Cello, Chamber Music) is an international soloist, recording artist, Israeli–American cellist and Professor of Violoncello at Mannes. He studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard and with Pablo Casals. He has performed with the Chicago, Baltimore, BBC Welsh, Irish National, Berlin Radio, Honolulu, Jerusalem and Seoul Symphony Orchestras; Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Israel , Buenos Aires and Belgrade Philharmonics, and I Solisti Zagreb (conducting from the cello). In New York City, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a frequent guest at major music festivals (Aspen, Bowdoin, Chautauqua, Yale at Norfolk, Blue Hill, Great Wall in Beijing, Great Lakes, Round Top, Casals Prades in France, Finland Festival, Ottawa, Oslo, Prague, and Australia Chamber Music).
Highly regarded as a teacher who has inspired a generation of young cellists with his consummate musicianship and originality, he also served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and presents master classes around the globe (Juilliard, Paris Conservatoire, Hochschule fur Musik and Hanns Eisler Hoschschule in Berlin, Hochschule fur Musik Cologne, Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall in London, Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama, Tokyo National University, Taiwan National College of Arts, Utrecht Conservatory, University of Indiana at Bloomington, McGill University, Jerusalem Academy, University of Mexico City, University of Texas at Houston, Bard, and Arizona State University). In 2008 through 2010 he had residencies at the Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin Central Conservatories in China. He is especially sought after as an interpreter and elucidator of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and his recording of the six suites (Townhall Records) has been critically hailed for its personal relationship with the score. From 1995-2007 he directed the International Bach”Annalia” Festival at the University of Cincinnati. He was the first cellist in the West to record the sonatas of Nikolai Miaskovsky (Finnadar) and won a Grand Prix du Disque nomination for his pioneering recording of the Alkan Sonate de concert in E major. He has similarly championed composers such as Leo Ornstein, Virgil Thomson, and William Schuman with performances and recordings of their works and has been credited with helping to rediscover the life and works of Mendelssohn student Eduard Franck, whose chamber music he has recorded (NAXOS) with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and pianist James Tocco.
He has also been at the forefront of thematic programming and has directed the innovative chamber music series Close Encounters With Music, based in the Berkshires, since 1990 in cities across the U.S. and Canada. Major composers who have written works for him include: Lera Auerbach, Robert Beaser, Kenji Bunch, Osvaldo Golijov, Jonathan Keren, Owen Leech, Jorge Martin, John Musto, William Perry, Bernard Rands, and Paul Schoenfield. Yehuda Hanani has been a contributor to Chamber Music Magazine, Strings, and Strad, and has presented over 200 original lectures on music and culture, including appearances at museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Detroit Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Museum, Frick Collection, and the Joslyn Art Museum. Aimed at outreach for classical music, his weekly program on NPR affiliate station WAMC Northeast Radio, “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” has gained thousands of fans for the direct broadcast and podcast. An addition to his educational mission is the founding in 2010 of the Catskill High Peaks Festival in Hunter, NY. Born in Jerusalem, Hanani was brought to the United States from Israel by Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern at the age of 19.