יאיר קלרטגYair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He has studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and Georg Friedrich Haas at Tel-Aviv University, Basel Musikhochschule and Columbia University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition. Other important composition studies and masterclasses include George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough and Rebecca Saunders. His music has been performed by ensembles such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, ensemble Recherche, Meitar ensemble JACK quartet and the MIVOS quartet and in festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, Schwetzinger SWR Festspielen, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich among others. He received several awards and scholarships: 61. Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart (Germany), 31st Irino Prize (Japan), 1st place at the "I International Composition Competition Ireneu Segarra" (Spain), 2nd place at "7ème Concours Dutilleux" (France), Audience Prize at "Isang Yun Composition Competition" (S. Korea), 2nd place at "SCCM international composition competition" (China), 3rd place at "Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize" (USA), "Klon" scholarship from Israel Compoers' League, as well as AKUM prize, STV-KHS Studienpreis and the Schweizer Bundesstipendium.