Composer Ronn Yedidia was born in Tel Aviv in 1960. His compositions reflect his interest in ethnic world music as well as European classical form and have been featured in major concert halls and documented on film, radio and television. In 2007 he was selected as the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s first-ever commissioned composer. In the same year the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave the première of his symphonic work Steps in the Wonderland. An accomplished pianist and accordionist as well as composer and arranger, Yedidia is involved in Polkastra, a virtuoso modern polka ensemble led by violinist Lara St John and polka-composer Daniel Lapp. Polkastra’s CD, Apolkalypse Now, was in the No 1 spot on iTunes’ World Music category during the month of June 2009.