Dr Yitzhak Yedid is an Israeli-Australian classical composer and improvising pianist. Yedid’s interest lies in composing and performing concert music. His composition folio contains orchestral, chamber and vocal music.
Yedid studied composition and piano in Jerusalem (Rubin Academy), Boston MA (New England Conservatory), and Melbourne (Monash University) where he gained a PhD degree in 2013. His expertise as a composer is in the integration of non-European musical elements, including improvisation, with Western practice. His compositions explore new forms of integrating classical Arabic music, Arabic-influenced Jewish music and contemporary Western classical music. Yedid is an expert in Arabic music and Maqamat (the modal system of classical Arabic music).
Yedid’s awards include the top two prizes in Israel for composers and performers: the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers (‘07) and the Landau Prize for Performing Arts (‘09). He also won first composition prize at the International Oud Festival for his work Oud Bass Piano Trio and the first composition prize at the 17th International Harp Contest for his solo harp work Out to Infinity. Yedid was awarded The Judith Wright Artist in Residence grant (‘09).