The JMC Piano Program was established by JMC President Murray Perahia, for the purpose of helping to develop Israel’s most talented young pianists between the ages of 12 and 18, educating them and fostering a set of musical and artistic values that will accompany them throughout their lives.
Participants are selected as a result of a nationwide scouting process, participating in a series of educational activities that run throughout the year. These include masterclasses with Mr. Perahia and other leading pianists from throughout the world at the JMC (recent visitors include Emanuel Ax and Andras Schiff), weekly instruction in chamber music playing (piano trios, quartets, quintets, sonatas for piano and violin, etc.), weekly classes in keyboard harmony, counterpoint and improvisation, intensive residential weekends and courses, and performance opportunities at the JMC and elsewhere.
In order to do the best we can for our participants, we must also support their teachers, with whom they meet and work on a weekly basis. For that reason, the program also includes support for Israeli piano teachers, through special masterclasses and seminars designed to support and promote their pedagogical and musical development.
The objective of the program is quite simply to give our young pianists the very best musical education available anywhere in the world, and to do so regardless of the participant’s financial means or place of residence.