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Israel’s Keshet Eilon: a Musical Center for Greats and Beginners Alike

The Keshet Eilon Music Center, founded in the Western Galilee at Kibbutz Eilon in 1990, is known internationally for its three-week Summer International Violin Master Course, a benefit concert for which will be held at New York’s Zankel Hall on April 24.

Recent students at Keshet Eilon have confronted a terrifyingly vigorous teacher, octogenarian violin legend Ida Haendel, who disperses advice and digital derring-do with dauntless aplomb.

This summer, teachers will also include the dazzling Tel Aviv-born violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, leader of the now-defunct Vermeer Quartet, who has a majestic grasp of chamber music in all its varieties.

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Israel’s Keshet Eilon: a Musical Center for Greats and Beginners Alike

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