Singer-songwriter Mika Hary has started playing the piano at age 6, and since then has always impressed her teachers, peers and listeners with flowing musicality. Already in high school, Mika led groups to perform in Israel's major jazz venues, including broadcasted events in the main channels. For her army service, Mika was chosen as a lead singer in the IDF orchestra and received a special "outstanding musician" status from the Israeli ministry of education. As a lead singer in the orchestra, Mika has performed extensively throughout Israel, appearing in nation-wide broadcasted events as well as in front of some dignitaries from around the world. At times, she had been personally requested by the Israeli Army’s Chief of Staff to sing the national anthem in an important event.
Upon release from the army Mika has participated in the Israeli version of American Idol and has received much love and respect from the audience. But it was time for her to go even further, and so, in fall 2007, Mika has moved to NYC to pursue her degree in music/philosophy at the renowned New School University, where she received a scholarship. She graduated with honors from both degrees on May 2012.
While being a full-time double degree student, Mika has managed to form the 'Mika Hary Group' with which she performed her original compositions in some of the city's best known venues and playing with some of the rising stars in the music scene, creating quite a reputation for herself, and sweeping hearts of fans wherever she went. Mika has already performed at Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), City Winery, Cornelia Street Café, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bern Jazz festival (Switzerland). The Mika Hary Group, featuring the hottest young names in jazz today (Nir Felder, Shai Maestro, Ziv Ravitz. Sam Minaie, Gilad Hekselman, Ari Karason and more), is now working on their debut album, to be released later this year.
In addition to leading her own group, Mika has shared the stage with many great artists as a side-woman. Among her projects are recording “Lullaby for Emma” a song which was included on Ziv Ravtiz’s “Images From Home” (2009) album for the international label Enja, alongside world renowned musicians Omer Klein (piano) and Avishai Cohen (trumpet). In 2012 Mika has collaborated and toured the US with Yoni Rechter, an all-time favorite Israeli composer, who has helped shaping the face of Israeli music in the last few decades.