Yardena Alotin, composer, pianist and teacher, was born in Tel Aviv Oct. 19, 1930 and died in New York Oct. 4, 1994. She studied at the Tel Aviv Music Teachers' College (1948-1950) and at the Israel Music Academy (1950-1952) with A. U. Boskovich (theory), M. Seter (harmony, counterpoint), P. Ben-Haim (orchestration), I. Vincze-Kraus (piano) and O. Partos (composition, privately).
Alotin's works (including didactic and commissioned works) are based generally on baroque and classical forms. Changing meters and rhythms, so typical for her, appear already in her first work Yefei Nof for mixed choir, which won the Nissimov Prize and was premiered by the Rinat Choir, of which she was a member, in Tel Aviv and at the Paris International Festival, 1956. In addition to the above, Biblical canticles appear in her Cantata for choir a cappella (1958), performed at the Perugia Religious Music Festival, 1960 and in her frequently performed Sonatas for violin and piano (1960) and for cello solo (1976; MII-CD-07). In several of her works Alotin used polyphonic techniques (Lament for string trio ; Piano Trio ), heterophony can be found in others (Festive Song for mixed choir , commissioned by the Tel Aviv Foundation for Culture and Art on the 75th Anniversary of Tel Aviv). Her Yefei Nof for solo flute (1978; IMI 6543) was commissioned and often performed by James Galway. Rich lyric melodic lines, dramatic developments and natural optimism characterize most of Alotin's music.