The JMC is the only organization in Israel operating on a national basis for the purpose of supporting and developing the country’s most talented young classical musicians.
Musicians who play at the very highest level, are able to do so as a result of the combination of innate talent, high-quality instruction, and hard work. This integrative process takes place on a daily basis, through hours of individual practice, studying and internalizing the language of music in all of its depth and variety, in the context of positive interaction and cooperation with teachers, mentors and fellow students. Read more
The JMC supports and enriches young musicians’ musical development, providing a structure that builds upon their individual work with their teachers. The JMC works with musicians all across Israel, irrespective of their place of residence or financial means.
In consultation with the JMC’s president Murray Perahia and other leading musicians, we have identified three complementary and essential areas in a young musician’s development where, when taken as a whole, the JMC is uniquely placed to make a significant and lasting contribution:
1. Instrumental playing: alongside individual, private instrumental lessons, young musicians need to meet and work with great masters, in the form of leading soloists, chamber musicians and conductors. Masterclasses and residential courses provide ideal settings for such opportunities, allowing internationally recognised musicians to work in a concentrated manner with students. This work includes honing students’ instrumental abilities in their solo playing, and refining their ability to play, listen and collaborate as a part of musical ensembles ranging all the way from chamber duos to a symphony orchestra.
2. Musical studies: a true musician is an educated musician, one who possesses sufficient knowledge and understanding with which to make authentic interpretative choices. We encourage our young musicians to seek truth and honesty in their playing, through the study and understanding of the same laws and principles of music that the great composers themselves studied, espoused and developed. These principles should be taught in a practical setting wherever possible, with students learning with their instrument, through their own solo and chamber music repertoire. Deep knowledge of these principles allows a musician to find his or her own, individual voice, based not on what others tell them but on their own understanding and interpretation of the language of music.
3. Performance opportunities: music is a performance art, and to develop fully, musicians need opportunities to perform on a regular basis. Students perform in front of their musical peers, and in front of the general public across a wide range of venues, and should have the opportunity to do so as often as 0possible. These performances provide both incentive to bring their playing to the very highest level, as well as invaluable preparation and experience on the concert stage that will serve them as they go on to develop their professional careers.
Alongside direct learning, the programme enables 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. Close
The David Goldman Programme creates, supports and coaches chamber ensembles, meeting weekly throughout the year, and for courses during school holidays.
Under the guidance of Murray Perahia, the programme provides select young pianists with weekly instruction music theory, alongside masterclasses and residential courses.
The YIPO provides summer and winter programmes for around 100 of Israel’s top young players of orchestral instruments, with a focus on challenging symphonic repertoire.
The programme brings acclaimed players and conductors to locations throughout Israel to offer workshops for outstanding wind and brass players and teachers.
The Huberman Project is a residential course that brings young players from Israel and abroad to work on solo, chamber and orchestral playing with an international faculty.
The JMC supports Outstanding Musicians in the IDF by creating chamber ensembles, concerts, recording opportunities and masterclasses specially tailored to their needs.
The JMC’s programme for outstanding young singers combines masterclasses and courses for a group of over 20 young singers from throughout the country up to the age of 20, directed by Zvi Semel.
The JMC’s Young Strings Programme works with a young group of approximately 50 string players, between the ages of 11 and 14, in preparation for future studies at a more advanced level at the JMC.