Masterclasses have been a cornerstone of musician’s development for centuries. There is no substitute for a one to one meeting of minds between young, developing musicians, and established masters, and the JMC has been a proud and committed exponent of such meetings throughout its history.
Today the Centre continues to be a magnet for the world's great artists, who come to share their experience and infectious passion for music with the next generation. In recent years, such guests have included Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, András Schiff, Ivry Gitlis, Miriam Fried, Tabea Zimmermann, Janos Starker and Andreas Scholl.
Masterclasses by such artists offer a level of musical instruction and inspiration to be envied anywhere in the world, and form an essential cornerstone of our young musicians’ development. They can also open doors for our participants, who may be invited to prestigious schools and international music festivals as a result of the connections they make with leading artists through such meetings at the JMC.
In recent years, we have developed the concept of masterclasses from one-day events into residential weekends and courses, where participants work daily with international masters, living and studying together. We also bring top-level teachers to other parts of Israel to teach, in particular the geographical periphery where students have less access to such high-level instruction. In 2016 we held our first masterclasses for piano teachers with Murray Perahia, and will be expanding such activities for instrumental teachers across different instrument groups in the coming years.