Yonatan Rechter (יוני רכטר)

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

After the completion of his army service in 1972, Yonatan ‘Yoni’ Rechter 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 twenty-two years of age when he conducted the Israeli Eurovision entry ‘Natati la khaiai’. Including Rechter, the Poogy (Kaveret) band consisted of seven persons, while Eurovision rules only permit six persons on stage. Therefore, it was only logical that Rechter, who had written the arrangement to the song anyway, would be the group member to cede his place on the podium and conduct the orchestra instead. ‘Natati la khaiai’ finished seventh among seventeen competing entries.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Yonatan Rechter will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1974: Natati la khaiai