Yoni Rechter was born in Tel-Aviv (1951) and started studying piano when he was eight years old. After his military service in an army band he began to study at the Music Academy in Tel-Aviv and at the same time joined the “Kaveret” (Poogy) group, the most successful Israeli rock band. While he was a member of “Kaveret” Rechter, together with Avner Kenner, started the “Fourteen Octaves” (1975): an ensemble of two pianists and a drummer. They both created and played music which was influenced by progressive rock, jazz and classical music. These three musical worlds accompanied Rechter during the next three decades and they will find a great deal of expression in his work. Towards the end of the “Kaveret” period Rechter started to work with the singer Arik Einstein.
Their first album included the following songs: “It’s the same love”, and “What are the deer doing”. The cooperation between the two continued almost non-stop up until the middle of the nineties and yielded many songs, one of the most prominent of which is Abraham Halfi’s song: “The crowning of your brow” ("Atur Mitzchech").
In 1977 the professional connection between Yoni Rechter and the singer Esther Ofarim began. Ofarim – who has behind her a rich world-wide career, came to Israel to seek for new musical directions. This musical connection continues to this day and Yoni Rechter has been the pianist and musical director for all of Esther Ofarim’s performances around the world ever since. In 1978, he wrote and produced Gidi Gov’s first album. Gidi Gov also took part in one of the projects most identified with Rechter: A recording of children’s songs “The sixteenth lamb” (1978), based on Jonathan Gefen’s book.
In the same year Rechter’s first solo album was released under the name “Intentions”, and included the songs: “This is all there is” and “She’s here again”. In 1980 Rechter spent a few months studying in the US.
A man of the theater with whom Rechter cooperated is Yossi Banai; one of the fruits of their joint work is Banai’s solo album dating from 1987 which included the song “An urban evening”.
In 1983 he produced wrote and arranged Gidi Gov's album “40:06” which is considered as a milestone in Israeli jazz-rock.
In 1986 Rechter's second solo album, "Eye Level", based on lyrics by Eli Mohar, was released.Two years later Rechter composed and musically produced Arik Einstein's album: “Songs by Avraham Chalfi”.
Recther and Einstein continued to cooperate in two albums for children: “I once was a child” (1989), (”Mr. Choco”, “A lady with baskets”) and “The lion, the dove and the blue chicken” (1992).
In 1990 the Israel Festival put on an evening dedicated to Rechter’s works entitled: “Romance is what counts” participated by many of the performers with whom he had worked over the years: Mazi Cohen, Yehudit Ravitz, Gidi Gov and the “Efroni” choir.
At the same time Yoni didn’t give up on his big love for jazz music and from time to time appeared at performances in this style, for example within the framework of the Jazz Festival in Eilat (1991).
In 1995 his long lived cooperation with songwriter, Eli Mohar, gave birth to Rechter’s third solo album: “Thoughts and possibilities”.
Yoni Rechter also works in the classical field, and over the years he has composed music for various combinations starting from a solo piano and up to a symphony orchestra.
In 1998 within the framework of the “Classic and Different” series, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra put on an evening completely dedicated to the songs and compositions of Yoni Rechter in symphonic attire, with the participation of: Esther Ofarim, Aviathar Banai, Mika Karni and others.
In 1999 Rechter wrote the soundtrack which accompanies the presentation at the "Palmach" Museum in Tel Aviv. In 2003 his fourth solo album "Another Story" was released.
Over the years Rechter has written and arranged many works for the theater, cinema
and dance. Amongst his recent works: Musical director and Arrangements for the musical “The King and the cobbler” and composing and arranging the music for the children’s show: “The sixteenth lamb”, both were shown in the “Habima” Theater.
1990 – פרס אקו"ם למלחין השנה
1992 – פרס אקו"ם למפעל חיים
2008 – פרס א.מ.ת למוזיקה
2009 – תואר "דוקטור לשם כבוד" מהאוני' העברית ירושלים
2012 – זוכה פרס התיאטרון הישראלי על המוזיקה להצגה "חוקר פרטי" (תיאטרון החאן)
2014 – פרס אקו"ם על תרומה מיוחדת ליצירה הישראלית לילדים
(עם יהונתן גפן על "הכבש השישה עשר")