Biography

Yair Polishook (baritone) was born in Israel. Studied music in "Mor" high-school, and after his military service, completed his studies for undergraduate degree in singing and conducting at the Jerusalem Academy of music and dance, Israel, with Ms. Marina Levit.

Polishook finished his Master degree in singing at the Trinity-Laban College of music and dance in 2012 with Mr. Omar Ebrahim.

 

 

 

Polishook sings in concerts across Israel and Europe in a Repertoire spanning from the Renaissance and the Baroque to contemporary compositions. His operatic repertoire includes Don Giovanni and Leporello ('Don Giovanni'), Figaro ('Le Nozze di Figaro') and Papageno ('die Zauberflute') by Mozart, Falke ('die Fledermaus' by Strauss), Aeneas ('Dido and Aeneas' by Purcell), Gil ('il Segreto di Susanna' by Wolf-Ferrari) among others.

 

His oratorical repertoire includes the 'Matthew Passion' and the 'great Mass' by Bach, 'San Giovanni Battista' by Alessandro Stradella, the ninth symphony by Beethovan, Requiem by Verdi, Requiem by Faure, Requiem by Brahms and more.  

Polishook has sung with the leading orchestras and choirs in Israel, among them – the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le'zion, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Israeli Opera House.

 

Polishook has had the privilege to work with renowned conductors such as Maestri Helmuth Rilling, Roberto Abbado, Andrew Parrott, Matthew Halls and Saleem Abboud-Ashkar. In the Israeli opera house productions, with Maestri Frédéric Chaslin, Omer Wellber, Daniel Cohen and David Stern to name a few.

Polishook has appeared in numerous Music Festivals, both in Israel and in Europe, including the Biennale di Venezia (with Meitar ensemble of contemporary music, 2014) Music Fest Perugia ('le Nozze di Figaro'), the Abu-Gosh Festival, the Israeli Music Festival and others.


 

 

During 2010-2013, Polishook was a member of the Israeli Bach Soloists ensemble, conducted by Sharon Rozner, which was established in order to play the liturgical music of Bach from a historical approach loyal to the way it was originally performed by Bach himself.

 

During 2013-2015 Polishook was a member of Meitar Opera studio of the Israeli opera house where he has sang the roles of Leporello ('Don Giovanni') and Guglielmo ('Cosi fan Tutte') by Mozart, Frank ('die Fledermaus' by Strauss) and Peter ('Hänsel und Gretel' by Humperdinck) among others. 

 

 

 

Alongside his singing career, Polishook completed his undergraduate studies for conducting with maestro Avner Biron and the late maestro Mendi Rodan.

As a conductor he performed Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with Black Robin Opera Company in The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London.

These days works with Ra'anana chamber orchestra in Israel.


 

Polishook received twice the Eli Leon scholarship as a member of the Meitar Opera Studio. He is a Leverhulme Trust Scholar for Trinity College of Music in London 2011/2012, and has also been granted the Sharet foundation scholarship for the years 2008/2009–2009/2010 and the Ronen foundation scholarship for the year 2007.

 

 

 

 

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