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The Jerusalem Music Centre, led by the celebrated pianist Murray Perahia, is one of the leading institutes in the world in promoting and nurturing gifted young musicians, and brings the world’s greatest musicians to Jerusalem for concerts and educational work. The young musicians, from all over the country, that take part in the educational programs of the Jerusalem Music Centre, embark on a challenging journey that includes musical encounters with some the great masters of the classical music world. The JMC was founded in 1973 by legendary violinist Isaac Stern and Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, with the assistance of Yad Hanadiv (a Rothschild foundation) and the Jerusalem Foundation. The Music Centre holds prestigious concert series in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv featuring ensembles and soloists from around the world alongside the best musicians in Israel, and the concert series Youth At The Centre broadcasted live on the radio. Many of the centre’s graduates went on to international careers, as soloists, teachers and leading musicians in important orchestras, among them Yafim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, the Jerusalem Quartet, Guy Braunstein Amichai Grosz, Sharon Kam, Itamar Golan and many others.

Nurturing young musicians

The Jerusalem music centre nurtre the finest talents in Israel since its foundation in 1973. From its inception, the State of Israel enjoyed a rich musical life, which has consistently produced some of the best classical musicians in the world. The Jerusalem Music Centre strives to nourish every new generation of young Israeli musicians with the same love, passion and respect for art that have been the lot of their predecessors, and of the great musicians for centuries.  Gifted young musicians from all over the country participate in the programs of the Jerusalem Music Center. These programs are uniquely tailored to promote excellence in all fields of musical performance. The educational programs operate in collaboration with the the Ministry Education – the department for gifted and excellent students and the Music educatoin inspector department. The programs’ participants are granted a special status by the ministry. 

Proud of our faculty

The Music Centre is proud of the long tradition of bringing the best and most important musicians in the world to work with the young Israeli talents and perform in concerts. As an international music center, in its early years, the centre hosted the great musicians of the 20th century, including Isaac Stern, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein, Yitzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma and Alfred Brandel, and later important artists such as Emmanuel Ax, Ivri Gitlis, János Starker and Murray Perahia, president of the centre to this day. Since then, the center continues to be a magnet for musicians who come to share their experience and passion for music with young artists at the beginning of their career.

The recording studio

The Jerusalem Music Center’s recording studio was designed by the best acoustic experts in the world under the watchful eye of the centre’s founder, Maestro Isaac Stern.
In the studio located Yemin Moshe, one of the most picturesque and inspiring areas in the city, the best artists in the world filmed and recorded. The studio with its rare acoustics makes it a perfect venue for recordings of diverse music – classical, jazz and rock.

Maestro Murray Perahia in masterclass – Chopin: Ballade No. 1