Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at the early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan.
Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair moved to Brussels to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle- Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music.
Yair quickly became a well-known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him.
Yair was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the Israeli Baroque Players which toured extensively around the world, such as participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the Tel-Aviv piano quartet, USA based New Art Trio, Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. Nowadays he enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in Duo violin repertoire.
Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.
Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire.
As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair’s students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in the competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions.
Yair is a professor Emeritus at the Music Academy in Tel Aviv University. Throughout the years, he held the post of head of Strings. During 1989-1993 he held the position of Head of the Music Academy. Yair holds professorial post in Graz Kunstuniversität in Austria and in the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, becoming the International Chair of the College since 2011. Since 2018 he is Professor at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Yair annually participates in many prestigious festivals, conducts master classes, and often invited to be a part of the jury panels of many international competitions.
Further works include editing new editions of virtuosic violin pieces, gathering and publishing studies from golden age of the Franco-Belgian School, and tutorial videos dedicated to the fundamentals of violin playing.
Yair Kless sees great importance in educating and developing future violin teachers. He has initiated, created, and run for the last few decades a Tel Aviv University program that includes theoretical and practical classes, which focuses on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching.