Yali Zaken has grown up in Jerusalem, where he is finishing his schooling at the Hebrew University High School in the gifted students program. He is now in his 11th year of piano studies with Lena Nemirovsky, Director of Hassadna Conservatory, Jerusalem, where he has also studied theory and participated in chamber music ensembles. Yali has been a participant in the Outstanding Pianists program of the Jerusalem Music Centre since 2017, and has received multiple masterclasses from maestro Murray Perahia, president of the JMC.
Yali performed with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in February 2021, and is scheduled to perform with them again in March 2022. He was invited to perform with Lahav Shani and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2021, however this was postponed due to the pandemic; and was also invited to perform with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in April 2020, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. In September 2019, Yali performed with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. Yali has performed in the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Finland, and has held two solo recitals in Israel.
Yali is the recipient of AICF scholarships for 2018-2019 and 2020-2021. He received first prize in the Pnina Salzman Piano Competition 2021, and second prize in the same competition in 2019, and won first prize in the Ashdod Piano Forever Competition 2018. He has been a recipient of scholarships from Tzfunot Tarbut, from whom he received a full scholarship to participate in the Young Artists Program at Tanglewood (2020 – cancelled due to pandemic). He has received a scholarship from the Zubin Mehta foundation (2020), and ongoing scholarships for excellence from Hassadna Conservatory.