Uri Vardi studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was an Artist Diploma student at Indiana University, and earned his Master’s degree from Yale University.
His teachers have included Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Eva Janzer, and Uzi Wiesel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Vardi grew up on kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, Israel.
In 1990, following an extensive teaching and performing career in Israel, Vardi was appointed professor of cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Uri Vardi has specialized in the Feldenkrais Method, for which he received the 1999 UW-Madison Arts Institute Faculty Development Award. He completed a Feldenkrais Practitioners Training and was certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and by the International Feldenkrais Federation as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2003. For the last five years, Vardi has created a new course at UW – Madison: ” Feldenkrais for Performing Artists”.
In 2012, Vardi was awarded the UW Art Institute Emily Mead Baldwin Award to create a Program for Somatic Education in the Performing Arts at UW-Madison.