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Keshet Eilon String Summer Mastercourse

The Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse, a three-week program for young violinists, violists and cellists from Israel and the rest of the world, offering personal instruction by distinguished teachers, masterclasses, innovative workshops, opportunities to perform as soloists and as chamber music players in concerts, and a unique archery sports program for string instrumentalists. The Mastercourse is attended each summer by some 50-60 outstanding string students from all parts of the world, many of whom are prizewinners of international competitions. Approximately 1,400 alumni of Keshet Eilon throughout the world have won the world’s most important musical competitions and have embarked upon magnificent careers as soloists; others lead renowned orchestras. Most of them continue to keep in touch with the Music Center and help promote it. During the International Mastercourses, all activities, including individual lessons and masterclasses, are open to the public at no charge. The concerts held every evening in the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall require a modest fee earmarked for covering maintenance expenses.

2021 International String Summer Mastercourse at Keshet Eilon

The Keshet Eilon Virtual Mastercourse will be held worldwide, from July 25 to August 12, 2021.

The first half and the second half of the Mastercourse will take place in a Virtual format for all accepted students. During the second half (August 1-12) we will conduct simultaneously a Mastercourse in an In-person format at the Keshet Eilon music center in Israel. Considering the strict covid-19 regulations in Israel, only a limited number of students who can meet these regulations will take part in the in-person Mastercourse.

Registration for the 2021 Mastercourse has already ended, we wish success to all students admitted to the course.

Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse 2021
Summer 2021 Faculty

Course dates:
July 25 – August 12, 2021

Deadline for applications:
March 15, 2021

Teacher recommendations deadline:
March 28, 2021

Changes to repertoire list:
June 25, 2021

Age limit for unaccompanied candidates: 16 to 26
Suitable candidates under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a guardian (Parent, etc..), applicants on this category have the option to choose whether to attend the course in full or only half of it.  Please note there’s a limited number of vacancies for this category.

Course Registration and Tuition fees:

$150 non-refundable registration fee to cover the costs of application assessment should be submitted via SLIDEROOM, together with the application form.

This fee is applicable to all applicants with no exceptions.

NIS 12,000 tuition fee covers 19 days’ accommodation, meals and snacks, all instruction, social activity and organized outings.
This fee is applicable to all accepted applicants.

Payments of the tuition fee are accepted also in US Dollar, GBP and Euro. The amounts are subject to exchange rates on the day of payment.

Forms of payment:

Bank transfer:
Please mark in transfer remarks – Tuition fee and your name.
Bank HaPoalim, Nahariya branch (716), account no. 28346
Keshet Eilon, registered NPO no. 58-018-637-7.
Swift Code – Poalilit / IBAN IL 96-0127-1600-0000-0028346

to submit your payment via Paypal Follow this link

Credit Card:
All major credit cards are accepted.

Make check payable to Keshet Eilon Reg. Org.
and mail it to –
Keshet Eilon Music Center
c/o Sahar Worth
P.O. Box 1006
Kibbutz Eilon
Western Galilee 2284500

Scholarships of various amounts are available for outstanding violinists, violists and cellists in need of assistance in order to take part in the Mastercourse. To attain a scholarship, applicants must first complete the registration procedure, including filling in the Application Form in full, submitting a written request for scholarship aid (you can download the form here) accompanied by necessary financial documentation (salary slips and a financial declaration), and an audition. Only after we receive the application materials and hear the audition will scholarship eligibility and the amount to be awarded be decided.

Insurance for health, instrument, and personal belongings/equipment:
Each participant must submit a “Release from Responsibility” form, signed by their instrument insurer, together with the student’s confirmation of participation in the Mastercourse. This form will be sent together with the letter of acceptance to the Mastercourse. All insurance must be prepaid, and copies of the contracts must be submitted to Keshet Eilon upon arrival at the Mastercourse.

Should an applicant have to cancel his/her participation in the course for any personal or other reason, a cancellation charge of NIS 4,500 will be debited from the total tuition fee, pending receipt of notification of the cancellation no later than June 30th. There will be no refunds of any kind after June 30th, except for a documented medical emergency, in which case room and board only will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.

Participants must arrive at Kibbutz Eilon on Sunday, July 25, 2021, and remain until the end on Thursday morning August 12.

Transportation to Eilon: Participants traveling from Ben-Gurion Airport to Eilon are advised to take the train at the airport to the town of Nahariya, the closest town to Eilon (and the last stop of the train). Transportation from there to the kibbutz will be provided. The train schedule will be forwarded to you in accordance with your flight itinerary.


The Keshet Eilon Music Center is administered by a registered non-profit organization. Its funding is based on support by foundations, organizations and private individuals.

Submit your application online via SlideRoom HERE

The Application must include:

$150 Non-refundable reg. fee
Audition recordings – 2 contrasting pieces (can be a movement of each piece) –  in form of youtube link or video file (mpg, avi etc)
CV written in a story format and not to exceed 150 words (Sample CV format)
A head-shot/half body color high resolution photograph – (this will be used for the students board and publicity purposes)
Financial Assistance Form (download form here) if applicable and supporting documents should be send directly to [email protected]

Keshet Eilon is planning some exciting events for the 2021 Summer Mastercourse
  • A joint production by Kibbutz Eilon and Keshet Eilon of Peter and the Wolf, to mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev.
  • An event in memory of Ida Haendel and Ivry Gitlis, the great violinists and devoted members of the Keshet Eilon faculty, which passed away during 2020.
  • A concert in memory of the composer Saint-Saëns, to mark his death’s 100th anniversary.

Keshet Eilon is thrilled to host the award-winning LGT Young Soloists International String Ensemble, which will join us for the Mastercourse together with their artistic director, violinist Alexander Gilman.

Violin and Bow making Atelier

The atelier for violin and bow makers is an open studio in which the students of the summer course and their instructors can observe the craftsmen at work. The atelier team includes violin makers Adam Korman (Israel) and the bow maker Daniel Schmidt (Germany). They perform basic repairs on the instruments of students and teachers, and advise them on how best to treat and maintain them.

Archery and the art of violin playing

This sporting activity was adopted by Keshet Eilon at the initiative of our veteran violin maker Amnon Weinstein, who is one of its founders. The training is based on the overlap between violin playing and archery with regard to posture while executing the action and the use of the same set of muscles, as well as the degree of concentration and coordination required in both activities. Archery training, in which all students on the course participate, enhances their playing skills, strengthens their concentration, and helps them to acquire the habit of persistence and the ability to ignore all surrounding distraction. In addition to all these, the activity offers a respite from the routine of intensive violin practice. The training is conducted by skilled instructors, Eyal Naveh and Fima Khayutin, from Israel and from other countries around the world.

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