The Ilona Feher Violin Programme (named in memory of the influential Israeli violin teacher) was established at the JMC by renowned violinist Hagai Shaham, with the aim of encouraging and promoting excellence in the field of violin playing in Israel. The programme’s activities are aimed both at violin teachers, and outstanding young violin students from across the country. The programme caters towards students who have already achieved a high level of playing at a national level, and towards teachers that can help propel such students to even greater heights.
Activities include residential weekends and meetings aimed at supporting young violinists in ways that complement their individual instrumental studies. Meetings therefore focus on general issues, including: how to practice, gaining performance experience on stage and in front of peers, broadening their knowledge of violin repertoire, deepening their acquaintance with the playing of the great violinists, meeting with accomplished violinists and other famous musicians, working on coordination, posture and physical health, learning about the instrument and its maintenance, enrichment studies in music theory and history, and other topics that broaden the students’ musical horizons.
These meetings of peers enable students to hear one another and observe each other’s progress, which is an essential tool in their evaluations of their own progress, helping to highlight areas for improvement. They also provide a supportive environment in which these young musicians, who spend much of their time alone practicing, can come together with like-minded peers and share their experiences.