Violin Mastercourse in the Galilee
and twenty applicants vie for 50 places in the annual Keshet Eilon Violin
“Keshet [Hebrew word for bow]
is more than a bow. Keshet is a bridge — a bridge between peoples
and nationalities”, says Gilad Sheba, managing director of the foundation.
And Gilad ought to know. Originally, the violin mastercourse was started
to train the newly arrived group of young immigrants from the CIS. That was
10 years ago. Since then, the program has grown by word of mouth.
Under the patronage of Maestro Shlomo
Mintz, and under the musical direction of Prof. Yitzhak Rashkovsky, young
violinists from all over the world experience three weeks of intensive training.
Fifty talented young violinists from Israel and 24 other countries, including
Turkey, Iceland, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, have gathered at Kibbutz Eilon
in the Galilee.
“Our students are the next generation
of concert violinists. Their professional lives are intense and very competitive.
However, at Keshet Eilon we find that these usually competitive musicians
enjoy the atmosphere of support and encouragement. The relaxed camp-like
environment of Kibbutz Eilon, coupled with the high standards of Keshet Eilon,
result in a wonderful mix of creativity and accomplishment,” continues Sheba.
Kibbutz Eilon is located in the north
of Israel on the Lebanese border. This year is the first time in the 10-year
history of Keshet Eilon that bombs are not falling and nights are not spent
in the bomb shelter.