Israeli baritone Yair Polishook holds a B.Mus from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as a Master's degree from Trinity-Laban College of Music and Dance in London.
Mr. Polishook appears in concerts across Israel and Europe in repertoire spanning from the Renaissance and the Baroque to contemporary works. His operatic repertoire includes Leporello (Don Giovanni), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Papageno (die Zauberflute) by Mozart, Mustafa (L'italiana in Algeri) by Rossini, Falke (die Fledermaus) by Strauss, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas by Purcell), and Gil (il Segreto di Susanna) by Wolf-Ferrari. His Oratorio repertoire includes the St. Matthew Passion and the B Minor Mass by Bach, “San Giovanni Battista” by Alessandro Stradella, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Brahms, Verdi and Faure Requiems.
Polishook has appeared as soloist with the leading orchestras and choirs in Israel, among them the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le'zion, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He currently serves as a House Singer for the Israeli Opera.
Mr. Polishook has appeared at numerous Music Festivals, both in Israel and in Europe, including the Biennale di Venezia (with the Meitar Ensemble in 2014), Music Fest Perugia ('le Nozze di Figaro'), the Abu-Gosh Festival, the Israeli Music Festival and others.
Between 2009-2013 Mr. Polishook was a member of the Israeli Bach Soloists, conducted and directed by Sharon Rozner. Between 2013-2015 Mr. Polishook was a member of Meitar Opera studio of the Israeli Opera.
In addition to his singing career, Mr. Polishook completed his undergraduate studies in conducting under the guidance of maestro Avner Biron and the late maestro Mendi Rodan. As a conductor he led a performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Black Robin Opera Company in The Rosemary Branch Theatre in London, and in Israel, worked with the Ra'anana Chamber Orchestra. He is currently an assistant conductor at the Israeli Opera.
In 2018 Mr. Polishook was one of the founders of the Orpheus Opera Ensemble, which presents historically informed, fully staged Baroque operas. He is also the Musical Director of Cecilia Ensemble, which comprises eight outstanding solo vocalists from Israel. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Ensemble Miserelli, which specializes in early music and as conductor of the Dorot Choir.
Mr. Polishook was twice awarded the Eli Leon scholarship as a member of the Meitar Opera Studio and was a Leverhulme Trust Scholar at Trinity College of Music in London in 2011 and 2012. He is also a past scholarship winner from both the Sharet Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.