I will be teaching at the Keshet Eilon Music Center Aug 24-31 in 2016. There are great scholarships available!
Here is the link to the Application form.
The Mastercourse is the flagship program of the Keshet Eilon Music Center, which is moving toward becoming a year round center for string performance and education. The Mastercourse is held every summer for a three-week period. Built around an intensive series of masterclasses, personal lessons and student concerts, the program is ledby internationally known teachers and artists from all parts of the world. Participants have the opportunity to gain experience in solo and ensemble performances before audiences in the kibbutz, throughout the Western Galilee region and in Tel Aviv.
All concerts and masterclasses are open to the public. In addition, the program includes such innovative elements as a Violin- and Bow-making Atelier for the care of the qualitative instruments used by the students and faculty; archery training, a unique sports concept for string players pioneered by Keshet Eilon. Keshet Eilon also sees as its aim the encouragement of the composition and performance of Israeli music. The location of the kibbutz on Israel’s mountainous northern border provides a verdant haven in which musicians can detach themselves from their daily routine and devote themselves exclusively to their music.
Organizing the Mastercourse begins 6-7 months before the summer. Publicity materials with details about the Mastercourse are sent to various music venues in Israel and throughout the world, including music academies; workshops that build, repair and sell instruments and bows; well-known teachers; and interested individuals. Applicants of all nationalities, ages 16 to 26, who have attained a high standard of performance may register by completing our Application Form and forwarding an audition recording of two pieces by different composers and in different styles, in a media file in a well-known format supported by Windows Media Player, or through a link to YouTube. The acceptance committee, headed by Music Director Itzhak Rashkovsky, selects the applicants primarily on the basis of musical level. Other factors, though, are also taken into consideration, such as age, country of origin, financial situation, and a balance between the number of applicants from Israel and those from abroad.
All the masterclasses - lessons given by string masters - are open to the public. For the young string players they are the highlight of his/her musical training, even more important than the concerts themselves (which are also open to the public). The student string players come to the masterclass after having prepared a specific work. The encounter with the teacher allows the student an opportunity to hone his/her playing in advance of a performance and, more broadly, to be guided by advice on technique and style so essential to a music career. Masterclasses and concerts take place at the Bar-Uryan concert hall.