Aviv Yeshayav, known professionally as The Aviv, is an artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Born in Israel, he spent his early childhood in New York City (ages 2-7) and moved back to Israel for a few more years before permanently settling in Canada at age 11. He grew up just north of Toronto, where he lived with his parents and two younger sisters. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the Honours Mathematical Physics program at the University of Waterloo, with ambitions of becoming a theoretical physicist. However, during his freshman year, he grew more interested in the arts.
"Art and science are very similar: Artists and scientists both seek the truth.
Scientists discover universal truths.
Artists express truths that are both universal and deeply personal at the same time."
- The Aviv
He discontinued his studies and struggled for a while to find his niche and make a living.
Aviv always loved classical music. It was all he would listen to growing up, and he was the only one in his family who did. When he was 20, he started composing for the very first time and discovered his raw talent. He grew more passionate than ever before. He envisioned himself as a classical artist. He wanted to release singles and albums just like any other music artist. He wanted to hear his music played on Classical 96.3 FM. He wanted to make classical popular again.