Photo :  Shira Bitan
Photo : Shira Bitan

From Classic to Rock, from Folk to Metal - Shir-Ran Yinon is a versatile and multifaceted musician. As performer on violin and viola as well as a composer and arranger - there are no musical boundaries. 


Shir-Ran performs internationally with well-known rock and metal acts. She plays frequently as guest violinist with British rock band New Model Army since 2014. During 2015-2016 she was the tour violinist and backing vocalist of Swiss folk-metal band Eluveitie, playing altogether more than 90 shows worldwide with the band.  Since 2017 she also performs with the German orchestral-metal band Haggard and has joined the medieval-rock band Krayenzeit. Shir-Ran toured through 28 countries on 5 continents, including shows at major festivals like Woodstock Festival Poland, Summer Breeze and Masters of Rock. As guest on stage and in the studio she has also collaborated with Schandmaul (DE), The Eden House (UK), Epica (NL), Cellar Darling (CH), Suidakra (DE), Fjoergyn (DE), Die Zöllner (DE), Engerling (DE) and many others. 


Despite her extensive work in the pop-rock field, Shir-Ran comes originally from the world of classical music. She studied viola with Avshalom Sarid at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and was a fellow in the academy’s Excellence in Chamber Music program between 2011-2013. Later she completed an orchestral internship in the KammerAkademie Halle and has played in numerous orchestras.


Shir-Ran is also a composer and arranger. She wrote commisioned works for the German String Philharmonic, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Studentenorchester Münster, the KammerAkademie Halle and the young artists in residence of the young academy Rostock. Shir-Ran studied composition with Prof. Oded Zehavi at the University of Haifa, at which she received in 2011 the Dean's Award for Excellence as well as the first prize of the Itay Weiner Composition Competition. Shir-Ran's works reach across a broad stylistic spectrum : she has written classical pieces, music for short films and theatre productions, arrangements in the pop-rock-metal genre as well as electronic music.


Shir-Ran grew up in Mannheim, Germany and has also lived in Haifa and Jerusalem in Israel. She returned to Germany in 2013 and lives nowadays in Leipzig. Shir-Ran is the daughter of the internationally renowned conductor Israel Yinon (1956-2015), who loved music above all.