Seminar Program2020-11-05T06:58:30+00:00
Our Seminars Program

The ever-widening gap between the quality of playing by young Israeli violinists in comparison to their predecessors and also to their peers around the word, is of great concern to music educators in Israel, to the directors of leading music schools and naturally, to the people at Keshet Eilon. The number of pupils who choose to play a string instrument continually declines, perhaps because it is a demanding instrument or perhaps due to a shortage of high quality teachers. No less disturbing is the fact that many talented young musicians who have reached a high level, migrate to music centers in Europa and the US.

In the effort to contend with this reality, in 2002 Keshet Eilon initiated a program to advance string instrumentalism in Israel in general and violin playing specifically. The idea was turned into practice by establishing two annual seminars for Israeli string players and their teachers. The center gives the participants the opportunity to benefit from the rich experience and professionalism of its senior faculty.

These seminars take place twice a year, attended by 60-80 violinists and violists who have been recommended by their teachers and have at least 4 years of playing behind them. They come from all corners of the country and from diverse communities, including the Arab sector, for three days of intensive study. Each pupil receives three private tutoring sessions with teachers from leading music academies in Israel and abroad. In addition, the participants practice playing in ensembles, and enjoy enrichment activities such as listening to concerts, sports and others. An expert violin-maker examines the instrument of each student and advises him or her how best to maintain it. At the final concert, the students perform as soloists and in ensembles.

The Keshet Eilon Music Center affords the young players every opportunity to practice and perform in order to prepare themselves for the demands and requirements of the seminars.  The center also makes available to both students and teachers the library, with its rich collection of music scores and audio and visual materials.

Keshet Eilon makes the maximum effort to assist students in need of financial support by means of scholarships funded by donors. The number of players who are thus able to participate in the seminars rises from year to year.

Since 2016 the seminars have been operating in collaboration with the Polyphony Foundation in Nazereth.

We are happy to open the registration for the Virtual Winter Seminar 2020 at Keshet Eilon!

The seminar will begin on Monday, December 14 and will end on Thursday, December 17
Final concert will be held on Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 pm.

The seminar will be held online and will include:

  • Private lessons
  • Open lessons to seminar participants
  • A special event dedicated to Israel Prize-winner composer Zvi Avni who will honor us with his presence
  • A final concert that will include playing soloists and playing in a large ensemble

The teachers who will guide the violin students will be: Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ani Schnarch, Guy Figer, Sophie Pikovsky, Mila Feldman, Lena Mazor, Roi Shiloah, Marina Ziskind, Svetlana Simanovsky and Chaim Taub. This time, the viola class will be led by Tali Kravitz and the cello class will be led by Michal Korman.

Pay attention to additional instructions:

  1. The seminar is intended for string instrumentalists who have been playing for at least 4 years.
  2. Participation in the seminar requires the approval of the local teacher who will send his/her recommendation by email to Sahar: [email protected]
  3. Registration is done through the Keshet Eilon website.
  4. Only those who have submitted complete forms, including repertoire and payment details, will be accepted to the seminar.
  5. Deadline for registration – November 22, 2020. The number of places is very limited!

Please note: Registration for the viola and cello classes will be done in coordination with Sahar.

For more details, please contact Sahar: [email protected]

Spring Seminar 2021

March 11-13, 2021

Registration dates:


Registration form for students

* Required Field

Please specify special requests for the seminar. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs:


Works on which I will work at the seminar *

It is not possible to combine piano in the zoom lesson (unless the student and pianist are in the same space). It is recommended to choose a solo work / s.

Please submit a list of the works you plan to work on during the seminar, the list should be written in English and in printed letters. Be specific – include composer, title, giving all details and correct spellings as shown on the sample bellow.

Composer (name and dates) Composition name in full (including No. Op, etc) Movements
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Partita No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1009 Largo

Keshet Eilon – Winter Seminar 2017 Final Concert

Keshet Eilon – Spring Seminar 2014 Final Concert

Keshet Eilon – Winter Seminar 2013 Final Concert

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