Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006. His awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Under his leadership, the internationally renowned music and dance group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media. Yuval Ron has produced field recordings in the Sinai Desert with the Bedouins, archival preservation recordings of the sacred Yemenite, Moroccan and Andalusian Jewish traditions, and the album of master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek titled, One Truth – A Window into the Divine Passion and Poetry of Sufism.
His TV and films scores includes the PBS/Nova special, Breaking the Maya Code, Proteus, Oliver Twist, The Spiral Staircase, Golda’s Balcony and Road to Victory and he has collaborated with numerous film directors including, Jeremy Kagan, Ari Sandel, David Lebrun. He received commissions from various international choreographers including Daniel Ezralow (American Repertory Ballet), Ashley Roland (ISO dance company), Oguri (Renzoku Dance Company) and Zen priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka. His original scores for theater productions include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Yeats’ Amer’s Jealousy and Becket’s Casscando.
Yuval Ron has also collaborated with neuroscientists Mark Waldman, Andrew Newburg and others to explore the connection between sound and the brain and has received commissions from Metta Mindfulness Music to create music for medical and healing use in clinics and treatments centers.
Yuval is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, Middlebury College, Brandeis University, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, Pittsburgh University, Texas University in Austin, UCSD, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School and many others. Yuval Ron has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute since 2009, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom.
Yuval’s book Divine Attunement: Music as a path to Wisdom, won the Gold Medal Award for Best Spirituality Book at the Indie Book Awards 2015.
Education: 1989 – Berklee College of Music, graduate Cum-Laude.
2012 – Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal From the City of Lincoln, NE award in appreciation of Yuval Ron Ensemble’s work for peace and justice worldwide.
2009 – Park City Film Music Festival SILVER MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE Best Impact of Music in Experimental, Performance Art and Art Films: Seeker of Truth – Documentary film by Mischa hedges about the Yuval Ron Ensemble at the World Festival of Sacred Music in LA 08
2008 – Breaking the Maya Code Festival Grand Prize International Archaeological Film Festival Bidasoa, Spain
2008 – Breaking the Maya Code Audience Award for Best Documentary Red Rock Film Festival, Springdale, Utah
2007 – “Human Relations Award for Entertainment Leadership and Tikkun Olam: Repairing our World” – Valley Interfaith Council, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 – Moondance Film Festival MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD Best Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Road To Victory – This award is to encourage and inspire contemplative, meditative, spiritual and inspirational films and scripts. The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.
2007 – West Bank Story (score and songs) Academy award for Best Live Action Short
2006 – PeaceMaker Award The Rotary Club of Newbury Park, CA
1989 – AMI – New England Special Award for Creativity
Yuval Ron is an affiliated artist of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.
2006 – ACTA Grant award to document traditional women and sacred songs of Adan, Yemen with Margalit Oved-Marshal.
2005 – Mid Atlantic Grant for travel support for the appearance of The Yuval Ron Ensemble in the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland.
2005 – West Hollywood 20th Anniversary Challenge Grant to compose ‘The Legend of the Baal Shem’ for ethnic ensemble and story teller.
2003 – American Composers Forum ‘Subito’ Grant to compose ‘Bedouin Love Song’ for violin and piano.
2001 – American Composers Forum ‘Subito’ Grant for a musical work incorporating elements from the three sacred musical traditions of the Middle East.
2001 – The California Council for Humanities Grant for a lecture/demonstration of the Mystical Music of the Middle East at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA.
1998 – National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation and National Dance Project Grants for ‘In Between the Heartbeat’, a collaboration with Butoh master Oguri and Buddhist priest/visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka.
1992 – National Endowment for the Arts Grant for a dance and music work based on Vietnamese mythology and the development of curriculum to strength an identity among immigrant children.
• For solo violin (3 min. long) • For Scarlet Rivera and the “Peace Violin” of Rev. Patrick McCollum
• For soprano voice and piano ( 2 min. long) • Alternative version: orchestrated for Gamelan orchestra and Soprano Voice ( 3 min. long) • words: Oscar Wilde (Translated to French by Carolyne Aycaguer) • music: Yuval Ron
West Bank Story – Orchestral Suite
• For symphony orchestra with 3 ethnic soloists: oud (Middle Eastern lute), ney (Middle Eastern bamboo flute), and Middle Eastern percussionist. • 10 minunte symphonic suite based on the soundtrack for the Oscar winning film.
• For symphony orchestra with 4 soloists: oud, flamenco guitar, alto voice and Middle Eastern percussion. • 22 min. long symphonic suite based on traditional Sephardic Jewish prayers. • World premiere 2003 at the International Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. • Commissioned by Dr. Noreen Green for the LAJS Orchestra.
Cycle of 7 movements, total time 5 minuntes. Written for oud, lute, guitar and recorder. Commissioned for the Getty audio tour for the exhibition: Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Maya Variations for the Earth Harp
A multimedia work based on themes written for the score of a documentary film “Breaking the Maya Code” about the research into the language of the Maya people. • For Earth Harp, Auto Harp, Lap top, woodwinds. • Includes a video by director David Lebrun • 45 minute long • Commissioned by Roxanne Steinberg and Farmlab.org • World premiere at Farmlab, Downtown Los Angeles 2007
• For symphony orchestra with 6 ethnic soloists: Alto singer, Oud (Middle Eastern lute), Kanoun (zithar like), Shvi (Middle Eastern bamboo flute), Clarinet and Middle Eastern percussionists. • 6 minutes symphonic arrangement based on Israeli Hebrew folk dance song originated from a Bedouin folk melody. • Commissioned by Dr. Noreen Green • World premiere at Ford Amphitheater by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Los Angeles 2007
• For symphony orchestra with 6 ethnic soloists: Alto (or Tenor) singer, Oud (Middle Eastern lute), Kanoun (zithar like), Shvi (Middle Eastern bamboo flute), Clarinet and Middle Eastern percussionists. • 6 minutes symphonic arrangement based on traditional Moorish song from 11th Century Andalusia sang in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic. • Commissioned by Dr. Noreen Green • World premiere at Ford Amphitheater by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Los Angeles 2007
Ashalekh – Yemenite-Jewish Song
• 7 minute ethnic chamber/symphonic arrangement for strings, woodwind and percussion • Original version written for a tenor singer, string quintet, kamanche, shakuhachi, pipa, and three percussionists, but can be adapted to a western music ensemble, full orchestra, or other strings, woodwind, percussion instruments and female singer key. • World premiere performed by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble with Marglait Oved and Barak Marshal (singers) in 2006. • Commissioned by singer Barak Marshal
Haeckel Violin Suite
• 5 minute suite for solo violin • Based on themes from feature documentary film PROTEUS about 19th century scientist and artist Ernest Haeckel. • Can be performed along with projections of images from the film Proteus (DVD or VHS).
Bedouin Love Song
• 5 minute suite for violin and piano • Based on a traditional Bedouin folk song and incorporate quarter tones (micro tonal). • World premiere performed in 2004 at Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA. • Commissioned by violinist Linda Wang.
Miracles & Lights
• For piano, cello, clarinet, soprano singer and actor • A 20 min. long work with text by Yehuda Hyman after the Hanukkah story. • World premiere 2002 by the Synergy ensemble, Los Angeles, CA. • Commissioned by The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity in 2002.
The Legend of the Baal Shem
• For accordion, clarinet, oud (or guitar), kanoun (or harp), two hand percussion and a story teller. • Based on Kabalistic mystical story of the Baal Shem Tov. • Ethnic suite incorporating the flavor of Kliezmer music, along with Middle Eastern styles. • 30- 70 minutes long. (longer version includes improvisational sections.) • World premiere 2005 by the Yuval Ron Ensemble, Topanga, CA. • Commissioned by the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity with a West Hollywood 20th Anniversary grant.
Williams Song Cycle
• For mixed children choir and cello. • A setting of 3 poems by Williams Carlos Williams. • 6 minutes long. • Commissioned by New England Conservatory Children Choir and premiered in 1992 at the NEC New Music Festival.
Hebrew Folk Dances
• For a symphony orchestra with or without a mixed choir. • Based on two Hebrew traditional folk songs. • 3 minutes long. • Commissioned by choreographer Daniel Ezralow for the CBS special ‘To Life” in 1998.
Cantus Non Verbus
• For amplified string quartet with (or without) electronic tape/CD. • Based on Georgian traditional chant. • 6 minutes long. • Commissioned by choreographer Oguri for “In Between the Heartbeat”. Premiered in 1998 in Los Angeles, CA.
• For a strings orchestra with electronic tape/CD. • 5 minutes long. • Commissioned by choreographer Oguri for “Effect of Salt”. Premiered in 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.
Urban Cello Suite
• For solo cello with (or without) electronic tape/CD. • 5 minutes long. • Commissioned by director Daniel Matmor for “Urban Jungle” in 1990.
All works are published by Yuval Ron Music (ASCAP). Scores and parts are available for rental. Contact Yuval Ron here