Yael Gat – Trumpet & Vocal
Yael Gat was born in Haifa, Israel. She began her musical education at the age of 11 studying trumpet with Joseph Neshkes at the Kiryat Yam youth Conservatory. At the age of 18, Yael was chosen for the “Outstanding Musician” program and joined the Army Orchestra playing there as principle trumpet for two years. During that time, she took trumpet lessons with Yigal Meltzer, the Principle trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After finishing her army service she started her high musical education and graduated receiving her Bachelor (B.Mus) in trumpet performance from “The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music” at Tel Aviv University in Israel in the class of Eran Reemy.
During the years 2013-2016 she studied in Munich, Germany at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she graduated with honors her Master degree (M.Mus) in the class of Prof. Hannes Läubin and Prof. Thomas Kiechle, both are leading trumpet players at The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.
Yael has played as a trainee with the Nürnberger Symphoniker during summer 2015. As an orchestra player, she played with many orchestras in Israel such as The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv-Yafo and The Haifa Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, she played as a principle trumpet with Das Siemens–Orchester München, Die Bayerische Philharmonie, das Kammerorchester Freising and Swiss-Israeli-Orchestra.
She performed as a soloist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (2008) and “The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music” (2012).
In 2013 she won the 1st prize in the chamber music competition at “The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music”.
Simon Japha – Accordion, vocal & Percussion
Simon Japha was born in Menorca, Spain and grew up in Maisach, Germany. Both his parents are music teachers. He received his first musical education at the age of 4 at the music school Fürstenfeldbruck in Bavaria. At the age of six, Simon started taking Accordion lessons with Erich Sokollik.
At the age of ten, he started learning percussion in addition to his Accordion lessons with the same teacher.
He continued his Accordion lessons with Kai Wangler and Prof. Hans Maier and percussion lessons with Markus Schneider.
During his studies at the Olching Gymnasium he took part in many music groups such as the school’s Bigband and Percussion Group.
In 2004 he won the 1st. prize in Solo Category and 1st. prize in Duo category at the Accordion „Tag der Harmonika Freyung“ competition.
In 2012, Simon started his pedagogic studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, majoring with jazz percussion at the class of Bastian Jütte. Simon has also Piano lessons in his subsidiary subject. During the years at the Music school he took piano lessons with Stefan Schmid, Martin Krämer and Christoph Amtmann.
Starting from Autumn 2017, Simon will begin his Bachelor studies in Percussion.