Dr. Yonit Lea Kosovske

Dr. Yonit Kosovske has performed as a soloist and chamber artist in major cities throughout the United States, Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Colombia and Ecuador. Holding degrees in both modern and historical keyboard instruments, she concertizes on harpsichord, modern piano, fortepiano, chamber organ and harmonium. Playing repertoire spanning over five hundred years, her performances have been broadcast on radio stations across the United States and featured on programmes such as National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Sunday Baroque and Harmonia. She has given concerts at early music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Bloomington, Chicago, and in Quito, Ecuador, appearing in major concert halls throughout North and South America, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, amongst other venues. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in Early Music and Historical Keyboards from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Elisabeth Wright. She has given master classes in both North and South America. From 2008 to 2010 she taught at Indiana University as an Adjunct Lecturer of Music as well as an Instructor of Piano and Harpsichord in the Pre-College Music Programs. Her most recent recordings include: ¡Ay, España Infelice! Classical and Romantic Songs from Spain with her voice and fortepiano duo Canto Romántico (La Douceur, 2011); La Gracieuse, French chaconnes, passacailles, & preludes for solo harpsichord (La Douceur, 2010); Solo Keyboard Works by Girolamo Frescobaldi (Focus, 2010); Haydn’s Neun kleine frühe Sonaten on fortepiano (2009); Sweelinck’s Secular Pieces (2006); Fitzwilliam Favorites (2006); and À discretion (2000).

Her book “Historical Harpsichord Technique, Developing La douceur du toucher” was published in July of 2011 through Indiana University Press. Her duo Canto Romántico has its European debut in Spain in August of 2011 of its programme “Love in Times of War and Peace,” a literary and musical collaboration for voice, fortepiano, and Romantic guitar. In June of 2011, Dr. Kosovske joined the faculty of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as a Lecturer in Classical Piano Chamber Music Performance. With an enormous passion for teaching and performing, she looks forward to collaborating on future projects with musicians, dancers, writers and artists from diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions.

Yonit wishes to acknowledge funding support for two grants she was awarded since she moved to Ireland: a Travel & Training Award, enabling her to visit and research at the historical fortepiano workshop of Paul McNulty in Divisov, Czech Republic, and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Arts Council Ireland), facilitating the purchase of a new Italian harpsichord built by Colin Booth.

 

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