The International concert pianists, Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni, met in Jerusalem. At Yaron's suggestion, they joined forces in 2008 for a concert at the New Opera House in Oslo. Following the great success of the concert and the enthusiastic response of the audience, which included many musicians and diplomats, Yaron and Bishara decided to form a permanent Israeli-Palestinian piano duo. They performed in Europe, Usa, Asia, and also toured the Far East to critical acclaim. Future engagements include recitals at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Beijing concert Hall, the Beethoven festival in Bonn, Auditorio San Pedro in Monterrey and at various venues in Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, India, China, the United States and Israel. They have a large and varied repertoire ranging from the baroque to the modern period, and including works by Israeli and Palestinian composers. The duo aims to show that music-making at the highest level can transcend political and national differences. On the personal level, Bishara and Yaron have become close friends.
Yaron Kohlberg, born in 1983, is the winner of many prestigious international prizes, including the second prize in the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition and first prizes in the Shostakovich Competition in Hanover and the Parnassos International Competition in Monterrey. Venues in which he performed include Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Salle Cortot and Les Invalides in Paris, the United Nations hall in Geneva and Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras around the world and with all the leading orchestras in Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem and Haifa Symphony Orchestras, the Camerata, and the Raanana Symphonette. He performs regularly in chamber music concerts with the American duo Parnas and with Danish cellist Toke Moldrup. He has collaborated with leading Israeli chamber music groups including the Ariel String Quartet, Percadu, the Quartet for Contemporary Music and the Carmel Quartet. His piano teachers are Luise Yoffe, Eitan Globerson and Arie Vardi.
Bishara Haroni, born in 1983, concertizes regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in famous venues, and collaborates with major orchestras, conductors and instrumentalists. As a concert soloist, he has enjoyed associations with major orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, and has recently performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, with a chamber music ensemble with Maestro Daniel Barenboim and with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta. Haroni has given recitals in several major halls in the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York. He performs frequently in international chamber music festivals, and played concerts with Guy Braunstein and Daishin Kashimoto, concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This season Haroni has been invited by Sir Simon Rattle to perform with the first players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a chamber music series. He will be also touring as a soloist with Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Salzburg festival and as a chamber musician at the BBC-Proms in the UK. His piano teachers are Esther Balasha, Eitan Globerson and Arie Vardi.