The Young Professional Society for the Arts presents
Yoed Nir in Concert

The Young Professionals Society for the Arts is a newly-formed, non-profit organization that sponsors a variety of cultural events in NYC to support worthy charitable institutions. The society is dedicated to bringing diverse young professionals together in a relaxed, but sophisticated environment to socialize, network and experience live performances from world class musicians in jazz, classical and world music.

The society’s Spring 2010 concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center will feature Yoed Nir, a musical prodigy from Israel who is considered by many to be one of the top cellists in music today. Mr. Nir will be performing the Brahms Sonata in E minor for cello and piano, a bossa nova piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and his own composition.

Join us on April 24, 2010!

Proceeds from this event will benefit Suicide Prevention International and its efforts to prevent suicide in young people.

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About the performers:
What sets Yoed Nir apart from his peers and has earned him a distinguished reputation outside the world of classical music is his ability to cross over into the more mainstream music genres of rock, jazz, and pop music, and has become one of the most sought after studio session cellists. Now a NYC resident, his collaborations have resulted in over 220 recorded albums and a significant number of live performances throughout Israel, Europe, and the U.S. His latest projects includes recordings with Regina Spektor, Paul Banks (Interpol), Rufus Wainwright, Diane Birch, Sonya Kitchell and Yael Naim. In Yael's album, Mr. Nir recorded all the string parts using his cello only and took part in the string arrangements.

Opening the show will be New York-born violinist, Akiko Kobayashi, who is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and Berkshires International Festival Orchestra. She recently won First Prize in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and received a Distinguished Musician Diploma from the IBLA Grand Prize Competition. Some of her recent solo appearances include the recital series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, the Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania, and the Sumner Museum in Washington DC. She graduated with a double degree in biology and music from Yale University and is currently a Master of Music in Classical Violin at the Manhattan School of Music. Accompanying Ms. Kobayashi on piano will be Eric Siepkes.