About Yoni Etzion

Cellist Yoni Etzion is the winner of the Samuel Mayes Cello Award (2009), the Buchman-Mehta String Competition (2006), the Ben-Haim National Competition(2004), the Buchman-Mehta Chamber Music Competition (2003), and the Jerusalem Symphony Young Artist Competition(2002). Ms. Etzion has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra player in the US, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, South Africa, Morocco, Turkey and Israel, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Recanati Hall (Tel-Aviv Museum), Henry Crown Hall (Jerusalem Theater), Royal Albert Hall (London), and Jordan Hall (Boston). Her appearances are often broadcasting on Israel’s national radio and TV channel, as well as NPR and Europe’s Broadcasting Authority.

Ms. Etzion is a member of New Haven Symphony and Symphony in C, and has toured the US with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a former member of the West-Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim), the Tanglewood Music Center Festival Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Masur and James Levine), MIAGI Festival Orchestra (South Africa), the prestigious Holland Music Sessions, and the Jerusalem Music Center Young Musician Unit. Born in Israel, Ms. Etzion started playing the cello at the age of six, and was supported throughout her study years by the America Israel Cultural Foundation (1993-2006) and the Ronen Foundation (2000-current). Ms. Etzion holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music and a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Her main teachers include Mikhail Khomitser, Hillel Zori and Laurence Lesser.

Ms. Etzion is also a dedicated educator, and holds teaching jobs at Saint Ignatius Loyola School, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, and Varta Academy of Music – all in Manhattan. She also gave masterclasses at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and New Jersey Symphony’s youth orchestra.

Yoni Etzion


Tel Aviv, Israel