At the age of 16, Yaron Herman was playing the piano in a special way: he had created a method that was based on philosophy, psychology and math. His unusual way of making music was quickly picked up by music venues in his native Israel. Herman moved to Boston when he was 19 and started studying at the famous Berklee College of Music. The pianist ultimately ended up in Paris, where at the age of 21 he recorded his first album Takes 2 To Know 1 with producer Sylvain Ghio. From then on Herman developed at lightning speed. The artist from Tel Aviv draws on various styles including avant-garde jazz, pop and classical music, which you can hear clearly on his latest, intimate album Alter Ego. For many years he played with his own trio, but at the North Sea Jazz Festival he is appearing with a quartet made up of saxophonist Emile Parisien, bassist Stephane Kerecki and drummer Ziv Ravitz.