Yuval Amihai Yuval Amihai

Yuval Amihai was born in Beer Sheva, Israel in 1981. He began studying the piano at the age of eight, and five years later switched to electric guitar. He soon discovered his passion for improvisation and jazz, and during his high school years he began to travel regularly to Tel Aviv to study with Israel’s leading musicians, and to participate in workshops and master classes. At the age of 16 he started performing professionally with jazz bands around the country and leading several projects with his original music. At 19, Yuval wrote an original composition for his hometown’s string quartet and for the renowned Oud and Violin player Yair Dalal. His music was selected by one of Israel’s leading composers and music educators Michael Wolpe, and was performed in concert halls across Israel. Soon afterwards he started studying at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Rimon Jazz School in Tel Aviv and participated in various musical projects.

In 2005 Yuval moved to Paris. He quickly made his way into the local jazz scene and started playing in Paris clubs and venues. The following year he studied at the Jazz department of the Paris Region Conservatory, graduating two years later. Since 2008 Yuval leads his quintet, the Yuval Amihai Ensemble, with whom he performs music which is strongly influenced by his childhood in Israel.

The ensemble has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize and the 1st composition prize at the “La Défense” National Jazz Competition in 2009, The 1st prize in the Saint-Germain Jazz festival Contest in Paris (2008), and the 3rd prize in the international jazz competition of Hoeilaart, Belgium.

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On LONGING (Yuval Amihai Trio)

“Beautiful things...” - Alex Dutilh - Open Jazz, France Musique

“timeless...” - Denis Dessasis, Citizen Jazz

“Undeniably promising ...” - Olivier Bride, Guitarist Magazine ”A magical virtuosity ...” - Alexandre Lemaire, Djam

“An exciting collection of standards” - Lionel Eskenazi, Jazz Magazine

“warmly recommended...” - Etienne de Villars, TSF Jazz Radio

“A gem” - Vincent Bessières, Jazz News Magazine

“Totally delicious!” - Jean-Marc Gélin, Les Dernières Nouvelles du Jazz

On Yuval Amihai Ensemble

“Innovative orchestrations…” - Jazz Magazine ”The word that comes immediately to mind when listening to the first record of Yuval Amihai Ensemble, is ”lyricism” ..

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Yuval Amihai Concerts

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Feb10Mon
Yuval Amihai, David Kikoski
Zinc Bar
New York, NY

Albums by Yuval Amihai

Album Longing by Yuval Amihai

Longing

Self Produced
2015

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Album Yuval Amihai Ensemble by Yuval Amihai

Yuval Amihai Ensemble

Self Produced
2012

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Lover Man

Lover Man

Yuval Amihai
Longing

Kadimuchka

Kadimuchka

Yuval Amihai
Yuval Amihai Ensemble

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