Yonatan Farhi was born on the 26th of January 1999 in Boston MA. He has been studying music for over eight years, starting with the guitar at the age of eight. At the age of ten he moved to Israel with his family and continued learning to play the guitar with a private tutor. At the age of twelve he was accepted to the music program at Rimon middle school, a music program that is run by the Ra’anana Conservatory. At the same time, he started studying bass guitar at the conservatory with Mr. Shy Oren. In 2012 he started learning to play the double bass (classical and jazz) with Mr. Shy Oren. By the end of 2012 Yonatan won a 2,000-shekel grant from the “Keynote program” of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra playing classical music on his double bass.
Between the years 2013-2015 Yonatan played with the Ra’anana Youth Symphony Orchestra under the management and conducting of prof. Guy Porat. During these years Yonatan appeared with the Ra’anana Youth Symphony Orchestra at various concerts. In 2014 he appeared with the Ra’anana Youth Symphony Orchestra at Heichal Ha’Tarbut in Tel Aviv playing for the “Ma Nishma” program with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
While at The Ra’anana Conservatory Yonatan participated in The Spring Competitions achieving first, second and third place. In 2013 he achieved first place in the jazz category and second place in string instruments in the classical category beginner level. In 2014 he achieved second place in the string instruments in the classical category intermediate level and in 2015 he achieved first place in the jazz category and first place in the string instruments in the classical category advanced level.
During the years at middle school Yonatan also led various rock groups playing guitar and bass, writing songs, home-recording them and performing.
In 2014 Yonatan was accepted to the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts and continued his music lessons with Mr. Nir Konforty.
In 2015 Yonatan was accepted to the Young Israel Philharmonic and took part in a week-long music camp in August 2015 which ended with two concerts: one was at Henry Crown Symphony Hall, Jerusalem Theatre and one concert in Heichal Hatarbut, Tel Aviv, conducted by Mr. Ariel Zuckermann. Later Yonatan returned to perform at the winter concerts in December 2015.
In the summer of 2015 was part of a Jazz ensemble by the name of “Menashesh” which won a competition to perform as part of the Red Sea Jazz Festival.
In addition, Yonatan participated in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship competition for string instruments in the classical category and was awarded a grant of 4,000 shekels to continue his music education.
In October 2015 began music lessons with Mr. Barak Mori.
In 2016 Yonatan was awarded a scholarship to participate The Berklee College of Music’s Five Week Jazz Workshop program which he attended in the summer. Whilst studying in the program Yonatan participated in an ensemble run by Ms. Terri Lynn Carrington and Mr. Rick Dimuzio. The ensemble preformed in various venues on campus and also at the Cambridge Jazz Festival on the 31st of July 2016.
During the summer program at Berklee Yonatan auditioned and received a full tuition four-year scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music.In September 2016 Yonatan was awarded a grant of 5,500 shekels by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation based on his audition in the Jazz category.
In May of 2017 Yonatan performed with an independent rock band at the famous annual music festival in Israel: “Yearot Menashe”.
During June of 2017 Yonatan participated in multiple concerts in Canada with a group representing the Thelma Yellin High School of arts. The group performed as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival at the Cumberland Stage and the Rex Hotel but also performed in Moskoka at the golf club and the Windermere resort and at Temple Beth Emeth back in Toronto.
In the fall of 2017 Yonatan began studying for a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree at Berklee College of Music at the Boston campus. During this time Yonatan also studied jazz performance with Ms. Tia Fuller and and in the fall of 2018 spent a semester at the Valencia, Spain campus studying flamenco guitar under the likes of Mr. Agustin “El Bola” Carbonell, Mr. Juan de Pilar and Mr. Sergio Martínez.
In 2019 Yonatan began his Music Therapy practicum at the Brookline Music School under the supervision of Ms. Adrienne Flight, MT-BC, NMT, President-Elect of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association. He also began serving as a tutor for Berklee College of Music’s College Reading & Learning Association Certified Core Music Tutoring department.
Thus far, Yonatan has been featured on Berklee’s Dean’s List 4 times. His current GPA is 3.85.
In the summer of 2019 Yonatan worked at the Ra’anana Conservatory teaching guitar, electric bass, and music theory to students between the ages of 13 and 26, as well as aiding faculty with secratarial work.
In July 2019 Yonatan was awarded a grant of 12,000 shekels by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation based on his audition in the Jazz category for students studying abroad.
Yonatan can be contacted by email at: [email protected]