VC INTERVIEW | Itzhak Rashkovsky on the Keshet Eilon Music Centre and Summer season Mastercourse

The Violin Channel not too long ago caught up with Itzhak Rashkovsky, music director of Keshet Eilon.


You could have been streaming your Gala from New York on the Violin Channel since Feb 26, 2022. Inform us some background?

Sadly I used to be prevented from attending this live performance bodily, because of the limitations of Covid-19. However, I can testify that it was a live performance whose central theme was celebrating the return to stay music, after the lengthy interval through which we had been compelled to carry out in a digital format. We had been additionally rejoicing the reunion of our acquainted and heat viewers that, over time, we saved in contact with, and to an excellent extent, we needed to break free for the previous two years. The live performance featured glorious younger musicians within the beautiful cooperation of extraordinary pianists. 


Inform us in regards to the Keshet Eilon and the way it has advanced since its founding within the early Nineties?

The Keshet Eilon Music Heart and String Mastercourse, based in 1990 at Kibbutz Eilon on Israel’s northern border, is dedicated to coaching and selling younger string gamers from Israel and worldwide intent on attaining the best musical degree. Keshet Eilon, now in its thirty second 12 months, has achieved worldwide recognition within the music world.

Keshet Eilon’s first steps had been very modest — a handful of musicians met in Kibbutz Eilon, Israel, to make music. The Kibbutz already had a wealthy cultural custom, and its founders made music a central worth of their lives. They’d handed their ardour for the second technology of the Kibbutz.

Our starting was very lucky. In the course of the Nineties, there was a large wave of recent immigrants from the previous Soviet Union arriving in Israel. Amongst them had been many musicians. They instilled a brand new type of power into the social and cultural lifetime of Israel and continued to play a vital position in Keshet Eilon’s growth and success, as properly.

Many younger newcomers, gifted musicians, had been on the lookout for an appropriate venue to advance their music examine or develop their taking part in on the string instrument. They’ve discovered it at Keshet Eilon, and the latter was completely happy to embrace them and nurture their abilities.

The primary Mastercourses have laid the foundations of Keshet Eilon. Throughout its 32 years of operation, Keshet Eilon was progressively uncovered to the world of music, gained momentum, and bought knowledgeable popularity. Echoes of the casual ambiance, the academic strategy that characterizes the challenge, and particularly its excessive skilled degree inspired many string musicians to knock on our doorways. The pursuit of excellence, shared by college students and lecturers, introduced many world-renowned artists and senior lecturers to hitch our college and take part within the Mastercourses.

It is very important observe that Keshet Eilon’s melody by no means stopped even in days of wars and when the border in our space warmed up.


What essential targets and rules are guiding you?

Keshet Eilon’s credo is that music, one of many everlasting symbols of humanity, can function a bridge between religions, peoples, and nations. In Hebrew, the phrase “Keshet” means a bow or an arch, and we use it to represent a bridge or connection. Certainly, Keshet Eilon believes within the energy of music to bridge the hole between individuals from totally different cultures, bringing them to make music collectively.

Keshet Eilon makes each effort to combine each proficient pupil to take part in its coaching applications no matter monetary cash. Moreover, in its try to develop string devices examine for excellence, Keshet Eilon helps younger musicians in varied methods. It loans them devices (for individuals who can not afford to buy them), provides a number of of them scholarships to cowl a part of the programs’ and seminars’ tuition, and opens the challenge’s distinctive Music Library for his or her use.

Keshet Eilon focuses on every particular person’s taking part in. After a protracted and intensive tutorial 12 months, our college students arrive at our campus, stuffed with many orchestral and chamber music tasks. Right here, we give them optimum situations to focus completely on their taking part in.

A pupil leaves Keshet Eilon with new musical concepts, progressive inputs, and constructive experiences. She or he creates new friendships and connections that may enrich their lives lengthy after the Mastercourse and be expressed of their future musical lives. As well as, the chance to get to know Israel as a spot of tradition and creativity and never merely a rustic related to violence and terrorism can flip a pupil into an envoy of goodwill for Keshet Eilon and Israel.


What totally different applications do you supply younger musicians over the 12 months?

The Keshet Eilon Campus and different services are used to mount particular Seminars for younger Israeli string gamers and lecturers all year long. The seminars, geared toward stimulating and inspiring string taking part in in Israel, are held twice yearly, led by the skilled Keshet Eilon college.

Roughly 60 to 80 younger musicians from everywhere in the nation attend these seminars and profit from the Keshet Eilon college expertise. Right here, Jews, Christians, and Muslim college students can play collectively, and this interplay fosters private connections by way of music, which is the essence of Keshet Eilon.

As well as, Keshet Eilon maintains an Annual Live performance sequence — “The Sounds of Keshet Eilon,” mounted at Keshet Eilon’s Bar-Uryan Live performance Corridor, that includes world-class performances for the music-loving public, together with younger musicians, within the Western Galilee and past at inexpensive costs. The applications embody string recitals, chamber music concert events, choirs, folks music, and extra. 


Inform us in regards to the Worldwide Summer season Mastercourse that may happen between July 24 and August 11?

After two years of not holding the Worldwide Summer season Mastercourse in a stay format because of the Covid-19 virus — we intend to mount it this 12 months within the conventional and protected framework that has confirmed itself for years.

Generally, we’re planning to incorporate, amongst different actions, grasp courses, chamber concert events of college and college students, and out of doors concert events that may convey the native Galilee group nearer to music and even appeal to listeners from the middle of Israel.

Sadly, nevertheless, beneath the shadow of the present warfare in Europe, we fear that it may trigger issues of stopping flights if it continues till summer time, and probably additionally monetary and different difficulties.

Solely later can we all know the principle subjects of the upcoming Mastercourse, chosen annually as enrichment for college kids. A bit arduous to plan for immediately.


What does a typical day on the Kibbutz seem like?

Since our first Mastercourse, this system’s each day construction has remained the identical:

Morning: particular person classes

Midday-time: Archery apply

Afternoon: Masterclasses

Night: Concert events

Late night: Social actions


Why did you determine to emphasise archery apply? How does this relate holistically to string taking part in?

The archery workshop originated in the necessity to discover some type of bodily exercise for college kids who spend so many hours of the day indoors working towards their music.

To our shock, we found a correlation between the game of Olympic archery and string taking part in. They require comparable bodily components: appropriate stance, hand-eye coordination, focus, and many others. The superb reality is that over a few years, it has been proven that string instrument gamers excel at archery and study it with minimal coaching in comparison with common archery college students.

We have now discovered that many of the string college students and lecturers benefit from the sport of archery and that it strengthens and improves the talents that the 2 actions share.


Who will probably be on the school this 12 months?

Keshet Eilon is completely happy to domesticate the approaching technology of younger string gamers by exposing them to excellent artists and lecturers who’re keen to supply their expertise, skilled expertise, and gathered information to the younger musicians on the summer time Mastercourses. All of this occurs in a familial and convivial ambiance, loved by each college students and college members.

The 2022 college will embody:


Shmuel Ashkenasi (Israel-USA,) Eduard Grach (Russia,) Ilya Kaler (USA,) Olga Kaler (USA,) Nam Yun Kim (S. Korea,) Sergey Ostrovsky (Israel,) Itzhak Rashkovsky (Israel-UK,) Ani Schnarch (Israel-UK,) Roi Shiloah (Israel,) Chaim Taub (Israel,) Ulf Wallin (Sweden,) Robin Wilson (Australia,) Qian Zhou (Singapore)


Paul Coletti (USA,) Tatjana Masurenko (Germany-Russia)


Amit Peled (USA-Israel,) Hillel Zori (Israel)


Julia Gurvitch (Israel,) Anna Kavalerova (Israel,) Eugenia Lakernik (Israel,) Irina Zheleznova (Israel)


How can individuals apply to the Summer season Mastercourse?

Folks can enter the Keshet Eilon Web site, fill within the utility type, and submit it on-line through SlideRoom.



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