Yair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He began studying Piano at the age of 12 and commenced his composition studies at the age of 15. He received his Bachelor's degree in Composition under the instruction of Ruben Seroussi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, graduating in 2010. He continued his composition studies, obtaining his Master's degree in 2012 at the Basel Musikhochschule with Georg Friedrich Haas and Erik Oña. At present he is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University.
Attended Masterclasses with Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Rebecca Saunders, Pierluigi Billone, Steven Takasugi and Hector Parra.
His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as "Tokyo Sinfonietta" (Japan), Tongyeong Music Festival Orchestra (S. Korea), Ensemble Phoenix Basel (Switzerland), Ensemble Proton (Bern), Ensemble Zafraan (Berlin), "Meitar" ensmble (Israel) and PercaDu (Israel), as well as by soloists from Ensemble recherche and Ensemble Ictus and by the choirs "Escolania de Montserrat" (Spain), "Les Cris de Paris", "Shahar" choir and "Ha'Efroni" choir.
He received several awards and scholarships: 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.