Saturday 6 April 1974


Born: November 18th, 1951, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Nationality: Israeli

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


After the completion of his army service in 1972, Yonatan ‘Yoni’ Rechter (יוני רכטר) studied at the Tel Aviv Music Academy and, simultaneously, joined pop group Kaveret (Poogy) as a keyboardist. In 1975, while still in Kaveret, Rechter was one of the founding members of progressive rock band Fourteen Octaves. In the course of the 1970s, Rechter started composing, arranging, and producing for some of Israel’s most renowned artists, including Arik Einstein and Gidi Gov. In 1977, his collaboration with Esther Ofarim (who took part as a singer for Switzerland in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest) started, which has lasted to this day; he has been her pianist and musical director on all her tours in Israel and abroad. Rechter also composed classical work for various combinations, ranging from solo piano up to symphony orchestra. He arranges music for cinema, dance, and musical performances. Moreover, Rechter has also released several solo albums as a singer and performed at the 1991 Eilat Jazz Festival.


Yoni Rechter was only 22 years of age when he conducted the Israeli Eurovision entry ‘Natati la khaiai’. Including Rechter, the Poogy (Kaveret) band consisted of 7 persons, while Eurovision rules only permit six persons on stage. The decision was taken that Rechter would be the group member to cede his place on the podium and conduct the orchestra instead. ‘Natati la khaiai’ finished 7th in a field of 17 competing entries.


Country – Israel
Song title – “Natati la khaiai”
Rendition – Kaveret / Poogy (Meir Fenigstein / Gidi Gov / Yitzhak Klapter / Alon Oleartchick / Dani Sanderson / Efraim Shamir)
Lyrics – Alon Oleartchick / Dani Sanderson
Composition – Dani Sanderson
Studio arrangement – Noam Sheriff / Poogy
Live orchestration – Noam Sheriff
Conductor – Yonatan Rechter
Score – 7th place (11 votes)


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