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Heifetz Institute announces landmark partnership with Jerusalem Music Center


heifetzHeifetz International Music Institute Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Heifetz announced a multi-dimensional partnership with the Jerusalem Music Centre that will bring Heifetz faculty, students, and alumni to the Holy Land for the first time in the Institute’s 20-year history.

The partnership kicks off this month, when the Institute brings its philosophy and teaching methods for a one-week residency at the JMC, the renowned hub of music education founded in 1973 by violinist Isaac Stern, and whose current president is pianist Murray Perahia.

The Heifetz residency will be a part of the JMC’s Huberman Project, which takes place every October during the Israeli celebration of Sukkot – or the Feast of Tabernacles. Named after the legendary violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who founded the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Huberman/Heifetz program will expose select violin, viola, and cello students to an intensive course of the unique Heifetz Instituteprogram, as part of a week that combines private lessons and master classes, alongside string orchestra performances. The Huberman Project was founded by JMC violist and conductor Zvi Carmeli, who conceived of an annual festival to “enrich and inspire highly advanced young string players from Israel and abroad.”


Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Heifetz will personally lead the visiting Heifetz Institute faculty during its first-ever teaching program outside of America.  Joining him will be some of the Institute’s most illustrious faculty members, including violinist Ilya Kaler, violist Robert Vernon, and cellist Hans Jørgen Jensen, along with pop/blues artist Chic Street Man and actor/director/playwright Daniel Pettrow. Heifetz notes, “I am thrilled at the prospect of bringing our high-level string performance program to our first international partnership.  and i cannot imagine a better partner than the Jerusalem Music Centre.”

Heifetz continues: “This collaboration between the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Jerusalem Music Center is a natural alliance between two institutions dedicated to cultivating the development of exceptional young talent. For us, it represents another historic marker in our milestone 20th Anniversary Year. For the JMC, it is the continuation of the tradition of building strong educational connections between American and Israeli musicians, going back to its founding more than four decades ago by Isaac Stern.”

The Huberman Project’s Founder and Music Director, Zvi Carmeli, adds “We are delighted to welcome to Israel the Heifetz Institute, a musical institution that is in such philosophical and artistic alignment with the vision and focus of the Huberman program, which emphasizes self-expression and communication through solo playing, and the art of performing together in a chamber orchestra.”

The Huberman/Heifetz program will take place October 16 – 22 at the Israeli Academy of Arts and Sciences in Jerusalem, with a final, celebratory orchestral concert on the evening of the 22nd, right before the final day of the Jewish celebration of Sukkot.

The next phase of the new partnership will occur in December, when the “Heifetz Quartet,” a string quartet made of top Heifetz Institute alumni – will spend the Hanukkah holidays in residency at the JMC.  Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Heifetz will be joined by outstanding young Heifetz artists Kobi Malkin and Rachell Wong, violins; Andrew Gonzalez viola; and Coleman Itzkoff, cello. They will spend the holidays coaching, teaching, and performing with members of the Israeli Youth Philharmonic. The JMC will also present the newly-formed Heifetz Quartet in debut concerts in throughout israel which will be broadcast nationwide via Israel’s classical music radio station Kol Ha Musica. Further collaborations will include select Israeli music teachers coming to the Institute in the summer of 2017 to participate in the Institute’s teacher-pedagogy program, as well as increased scholarship assistance for exceptional Israeli students to attend the 2017 summer Institute, which will take place June 22 – August 5, 2017 on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.

More details and concert information about the Heifetz In Israel program will be posted on the Heifetz Institute website at http://www.heifetzinstitute.org.



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