Strings

The Strings department, under the guidance of the best teachers, consists of seven instruments:
Violin, Viola, Cello, ContraBass, Guitar, Harp, and Mandolin.

Students play in the young string orchestra, conducted by Nimrod Gaon, and later in the representative symphony orchestra conducted by Barak Yeivin. The two orchestras are among the most prominent among the young orchestras operating in Israel, appearing in the Ministry of Education conferences and receiving many praises for their performances.

In addition, beginner bow players from the department participate in the beginner bow orchestra under the guidance of Diana Lupo.

Award-winning students

Advanced students in the department are integrated into diverse chamber ensembles. As part of this activity, world-renowned ensembles such as the Jerusalem Quartet and the Ariel Quartet were founded in the department. Graduates of the department take the matriculation exams of the Ministry of Education, which include playing a recital and submitting a thesis, and many of them continue their studies at the higher academy. Every year the students of the department are widely represented among the winners of the America-Israel Cultural Fund and among the recipients of the “Outstanding Musician” status in the IDF.

What’s included:

  1. Weekly 60-minute lesson
  2. Weekly music theory lesson
  3. Piano accompaniment when needed
  4. Twice a year evaluation
  5. Performing in at least 2 concerts a year
  6. Participating in an ensemble (determined by playing level)

Extended route
Students are also entitled to receive a 90/120 minute individual lesson at a reduced price, an hour of theory in a group and participation in chamber ensembles and orchestras (for those who are eligible).

guitar circle
guitar circle

Events

Students take part in a number of events and performances through out the year. Many are open to the public. Take a look at the calendar of events to see what is coming up and experience the magic of the Conservatory!

Strings Program Teachers:

Hila Achiel

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Hila Achiel

 

Prof. Lihay Bendayan

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher
Prof. Lihay Bendayan

 

Eilon Berger

GUITAR

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Guitar teacher:
Eilon Berger

 

Eran Borovich

CONTRABASS

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Contrabass teacher:
Eran Borovick

Born in Israel in 1975. Studied with Gabriel Vola in Tel Aviv and with Rainer Tsefritz and Michael Wolff in Berlin. He participated in master classes under the guidance of Ludwig Streicher, Klaus Stoll and Doreen Mark.

He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (including the performance of the War Requiem by Britten, conducted by Simon Rattle), the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and in many productions at the Valencia Opera Orchestra, including The Ring of the Nibelungen and Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) conducted by Zubin Mehta. Borovich is regularly invited to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts in Israel and on its tours abroad.

In addition, he is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at festivals such as Kfar Blum, the International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem and with the Israeli Chamber Project. He has also performed as a soloist with the Tel Soloists Ensemble Aviv. Since 2012, Eran is a member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Borovich puts special emphasis on performing contemporary music and is a member of the 21st Century Ensemble. He has performed with some of the leading ensembles in the field such as “Ensemble Moderne” from Frankfurt, the Chamber Ensemble for New Music from Berlin (KNM), and the ensembles “Mitar” and “Nikel”. He has collaborated with some of the greatest composers and conductors of our time, including Pierre Boulez, Maurizio Cagle, Peter Atvish, George Benjamin, Helmut Lachnerman, Wolfgang Riehm and Brian Fernihau, and he often performs works written especially for him.

 

Borovitch serves as a double bass teacher at the conservatory next to the Academy in Jerusalem and is hosted as an instructor at the Jerusalem Music Center Mishketon Sha’anim.

Sergei Bresler

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Sergei Bresler

 

Bella Canetti

VIOLA

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VIOLA:
Bella Cenetti

“Ms. Bella Canti holds a master’s degree with honors in solo performance, teaching and chamber music, co-founder of the “New Chamber Ensemble”, international festivals, violin competitions and the “Jerusalem Seasons” festival. She participated in chamber groups and conducted as a sub-artist in international festivals in Greece, Italy, Moscow, Mexico, Belgium, Kazakhstan and more.
Teacher of violin, viola, chamber ensembles at the conservatory next to the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Orchestra instructor at the branch of the conservatory in East Jerusalem.

Ms. Canty has published two books of arrangements of original works for violin and viola, arrangements for young musicians for violin and viola, and for chamber orchestras.
Bella Canti’s violin and viola students win prizes in international competitions and participate in festivals and master classes all over the world.”

Robert Canetti

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Violin:
Robert Canetti

Robert Canetti– violinist, international conductor, professor
Honorary Master of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow
Professor of the Academy of Music in Astana, Kazakhstan
Emeritus Professor of the University of Indianapolis, formerly Athens Campus,

Teaches violin, chamber music, conducts an orchestra at the Conservatory of the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and its branches.

Robert Canetti received his musical training first from the teachers Zvi Rotenberg and Rami Shevlov.

At the age of 18 he led the pro-music ensemble conducted by Dalia Atlas. At the age of 20 he was one of the leaders and soloist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gary Bertini.

He received the continuation of his musical education in the USA, at the Golliard Summer School in New York, where he studied with Ivan Glamian and Sally Thomas, Golliard quartet. Played at the New York Opera and was principal violinist at various festivals in the USA, founded the New York. Hebrew Art School the fourth

In 1978, Robert Canetti was invited as principal violinist, conductor and soloist in the Haifa Orchestra.
In 1996, he established and managed an international music festival and an international violin competition named after him, the festival was unique in that it was once every year in a different country.
Maestro Canetti founded the “New Israeli Chamber Ensemble” which plays a diverse repertoire from baroque to modern music, and is considered the best of its kind in Israel.

Robert Canetti has performed as a violin, chamber music and conducting master at important academies around the world – Paris, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astana, Tokyo and more.

Orchestras that Canetti has played for include, among others, the Riga Philharmonic, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic – Russia, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Hermitage, the Astana Academy of Soloists, the Astana Philharmonic, and more

The original works for chamber orchestra by Robert Canetti– Schubert’s Quartet “The Maiden and Death” and Brahms’ Opus 18 Sextet, were performed for the first time in the “Bolshoi” Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.”

Zvi Carmeli

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VIOLA:
Zvi Carmeli
Website

Zvi Carmeli – senior lecturer of viola and chamber music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He often performs in Israel and abroad and teaches in international master classes such as Katy Classica in Italy, the Lenk Academy in Switzerland and Mundi Music in Belgium

Eden Djamchid

CELLO

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Cello teacher:
Eden Djamchid

 

Yana Donichev

CELLO

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Cello teacher:
Yana Donichev

Graduated from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Cello player in the Israeli Ladino Orchestra and various ensembles.

Performs throughout the country and abroad.
20 years of teaching experience.

Cello teacher at the conservatory next to the academy, cello teacher at Levinsky College.

Music coordinator and cello teacher at Karemim school, teacher and pedagogical assistant at the preschool developmental music center “Gonenim Center”

Uri Dror

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Violin teacher:
Uri Dror
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Bio:

“Born in Jerusalem and began his violin studies at the Rubin Conservatory with Prof. Shmuel Bernstein the late and Mr. Haim Taub. He won scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation.

Participated in the activities of the outstanding young musicians of the Jerusalem Music Center – Mishkehn Sha’anim, served in the army
As an outstanding musician, he later studied at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

In 1990 he founded the ‘Jerusalem Trio Amber’, with whom he studied at the High School of Music
In Vienna with the members of the Alban-Berg Quartet. The trio won many scholarships, including from the America Israel Cultural Foundation and the Alban-Berg Foundation as well as in international awards. The trio appears in the most important concert halls in the world such as The ‘Concerthaus’ in Vienna and Berlin, the ‘Rudolfinum’ in Prague, the ‘Brucknerhaus’ in Linz and more.

The trio also appears at important festivals in Israel, Europe, North and South America and has recorded a number of CDs. The trio served as the house band of the Jewish Museum in Vienna.
In 2004 he returned to Israel, and in addition to performing with the trio, he began to engage in music management and education.
Between the years 2005-2008 he served as the musical director at Matan (Youth Culture and Art Enterprise), and from 2008 he holds senior management positions at the Jerusalem Music Center, Mishketon Shananim, first as a professional manager of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the outstanding programs, until 2015, and since then as the director of the programs and is responsible for the concert series at the center.

In addition, Uri Dror guides young ensembles and orchestras in leading conservatories in Israel.”

Regina Zuckerman Eliaz

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Regina Zuckerman Eliaz

Irit Even-Tov

CLASSIC GUITAR

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Classic Guitar teacher:
Irit Even-Tov

Irit Even-Tov is a graduate of Thelma Yelin School and the Academy of Music in Jerusalem where she studied with Prof. Joseph Yerushalmi. She also studied in international courses in France and Spain.
Irit Even-Tov teaches at the conservatory, the music academy and the high school next to the academy in Jerusalem.
In the three institutions, she teaches students at various stages of playing, as well as instructing diverse guitar ensembles.

Over many years, her students have won national and international classical guitar competitions, as well as scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation.

Many of her students are awarded the status of “outstanding musician” in the band, and take the matriculation exam in music and receive the highest grades.”

Elhanan Fridman

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Elhanan Fridman

 

Natalie Harris

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Natalie Harris

NATALIE HARRIS – ARTIST, VIOLINIST, DIRECTOR & PEDAGOGY

Natalie Harris is an Israeli violinist performing in Israel and abroad. Her artistic work lies in the connections between music and art, psychology, history, and more.

She is the 1st Violinist and establisher of The Eden Quartet, a solo performer associated with The Israel Museum, University of Cologne, ST George’s Garrison Church, The Jerusalem Theater, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), and more. 1st Violin & leader in musical productions at Encore Educational Theater orchestra. Harris is an award-winning performer in international competitions for professional category: The Vivaldi International competition and the Fanny Mendelssohn international competition.
For the past two years, she has been the director of the JAMD orchestra- The Mendy Rodan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber music scholarship program Nazarian. In her position, she has worked internationally with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and played under the direct conducting of Maestro Shlomo Mintz. She is a violin teacher at the JAMD music conservatory.

Harris graduated from the JAMD M.Mus, degree, where she studied violin performance with Prof. Moti Shmitt while receiving various scholarships throughout the years. She dedicates part of her time to her voluntary initiative Melody & Strings – voluntary performances, lectures, and workshops for children from far-out villages, orphanages, hospitals, small schools, and nursing homes.

Diana Lupo

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Diana Lupo

Diana Lupo was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and grew up in New Jersey, USA. She began violin lessons at the age of 4 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mannes College of Music and a Master of Music from Yale University. She then completed her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, US, and Israel, and has been featured on French and Israeli radio. After completing her studies, she played in the Finnish National Opera orchestra for 10 years. Presently Diana is a member of the first violin section in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Jenny Hünigen

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Jenny Hünigen

Prof. Shmuel Magen

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Prof. Shmuel Magen

 

Irina Pozin

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Irina Pozin
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Came to Israel in 1990.

She was accepted to the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem to Prof. Maya Glazerova’s class.

She completed her second master’s degree (MA) in Prof. Motti Schmitt’s class.

Appears as a soloist and participates in chamber ensembles.

She participates as a guest violinist in important orchestras in Israel, including the Beer Sheva Symphony Orchestra.

Was invited as a judge in international competitions and includes the Gritz competition in the year of Nohchi at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

Her students are prize winners in international competitions and scholarships and in Israel

Nahum Regev

CELLO

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Cello teacher:
Nahum Regev

Nachum Regev is a graduate of the Gensin Higher Academy of Music in Moscow as a cellist and conductor, worked as a first cellist in musical theater and symphony orchestras in Moscow. From the age of 19 he started teaching cello. After immigrating to Israel, he worked as a cello player in orchestras and chamber ensembles, and a teacher in music schools and conservatories.

Vitaly Remeniuk

VIOLIN

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VIOLIN:
Vitaly Remeniuk

I studied at the Academy of Music in Minsk (Belarus) and graduated in 1993. In 1996 I immigrated to Israel and in the same year I was accepted into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra where I play until now. I also participated in many concerts and lessons with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Teaching since 2001 at the conservatory, I started teaching in 2021

Itamar Ringel

VIOLA

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Viola:
Itamar Ringel

Dr. Itamar Ringel, principal viola player in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, began his studies at the age of seven at the conservatory next to the Jerusalem Academy and won AICF scholarships. At the High School of Arts and Sciences in Jerusalem he studied with his great teachers Andre Hido, Batsheva Rubinstein and Michael Volpe.

Graduated from the Higher Academies in Jerusalem, Boston, and Berlin as a student of Avi Abramovich, Lilach Lebanon, Kim Kashkashian, Marta Katz, Lars Anders Tometer and Tevea Zimmerman. He won the German Opus-Classic recording award in the chamber music category, and the award of the Minister of Culture in Israel for playing Yanam Leaf’s concerto with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Omer Velber played as a soloist with orchestras in Israel and abroad, as a guest player in the Berlin Philharmonic, as guest principal violinist in the Valencia Opera under the direction of Zubin Mehta and other orchestras throughout Europe.

Worked as an assistant to the violinist Tevea Zimmerman at the “Hans Eisler” Academy in Berlin, and wrote a doctorate on George Ligety’s Sonata for Viola. Recorded the viola music of Eden Partosh for the German label WERGO. From 2022 he plays in the “Rosemary Ensemble” with Rotem Bartan on the flute and Marina Pardin on the harp, and teaches at the “Shirat Heloyim”, the ultra-Orthodox branch of the Jerusalem Academy of Music.

Dr. Shulamit Sarid

CELLO

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Cello teacher:
Dr. Shulamit Sarid

 

Barak Schossberger

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Barak Schossberger

Polina Semanichin

CELLO

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Cello teacher:
Polina Semanichin
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BIO:
Degree: Dr. Doctorate PHD
polina_sem@mail.ru:
education
2002-2004 PHD under the guidance of Prof. Natalya Shekhovskaya, Tchaikovsky Academy, Moscow
1995-2001 Studies for a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music with Prof. Arto Noras and Prof. Victoria Yagling
, Sibelius Academy of Music, Helsinki Finland
1983-1994 Elementary education under the guidance of Alexander Fedorchenko and Galina Zobriva at the School of Musicians
Gifted, near the Tchaikovsky Academy, Moscow
Work experience
Instruction:
2022: Until today, she teaches at the workshop conservatory.
2021 to date Beer Sheva Conservatory
2022-2021 Maale Adumim Conservatory
2017 and until today is a cello teacher at Musicon, Mevsharat Zion
2016-2018 and until today is a cello teacher at the Beit Shemesh Municipal Conservatory
2015-2018 and until today, cello teacher at the Ron Shulamit Conservatory, Jerusalem
2014 to date, cello teacher at the Conservatory of the Academy of Music, Jerusalem
2002-2004 Artovlavskaya Conservatory of Music, Moscow
Positions in academic institutions:
2009-2012 Cello teacher at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
Additional work experience:
2004-2009 head of the cello group in the orchestra of the MALIY theater in Moscow
2007-2009 Member of the “M-Art Trio” ensemble
2008 Participation in Kreuth Musikfest, Germany
2007 Participation in the KUHMO chamber music festival, Finland
1996-2003 Participation in international master classes with the leading cellists in the world: Arto Noras, Daniel
Shaffern, Frans Helmerson, Lorin Lesser, Natalia Gutman, David Grings, and Philip Muller.
Scholarships and awards:
From Art Trio, third place winner, Pinerolo Chamber Music Competition, Italy 2007
Receiving a diploma in the “Adam” cello competition, Christ-Church, New Zealand 2003
Third place winner, archery competition, Volgograd, Russia 1995
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Sari Shemesh Shabtai

HARP

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Harp teacher:
Sari Shemesh Shabtai
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Bio:

“The harpist and teacher Sari Shemesh Shabtai was born in the city of Acre, at the age of 5 she began studying piano and at the age of 13 the harp under the guidance of Olga Moitlis in Haifa.
She served in the IDF as an outstanding musician. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree and an artist certificate from the Buchman Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, under the guidance of the late Mrs. Ruth Ma’ini.
She completed her master’s degree studies at the High School of Music at the Conservatory in Bloisan, Switzerland, under the guidance of Prof. Chantal Mathieu.

Has a resume of participation in many international competitions and enterprises. Played a solo recital on the Swiss radio RSR as well as on the “Youth in the Center” programs of the Voice of Music. She won many scholarships during her studies; Among them the American Israel Culture Fund scholarship between the years 2006-2011, in addition to the foundation scholarship for graduate studies abroad. and other scholarships.
Sherry plays in various orchestras in Israel, and also participates in various musical ensembles.
As a teacher with a rich resume – for the past decade she has been teaching in the “Playing School” project at the “Paula Ben Gurion” school in Jerusalem, and leads the harp class of the Jerusalem Academy of Music Conservatory. Its students take the Keren Sharet exams and other competitions.
In addition, she guides the joint harp ensemble of the conservatory and the academy high school.
The band of harps is expected to represent Israel at the Harpes au Max International Harp Festival to be held in the city of Annecy in France in May 2023.”

 

Olga Siniavsky

MANDOLIN

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Mandolin teacher:
Olga Siniavsky

 

Kamila Yagiyayev

VIOLIN

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Strings teacher:
Kamila Yagiyayev 

She has many years of experience in leading children’s and youth bands and orchestras.

Coordinator of the music major at the “Mekor Haim” school in Jerusalem.

Ilya Zhuravel

VIOLA

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Viola teacher:
Ilya Zhuravel

Ilya was born in Moscow, Russia. He studied music in Russia, the Netherlands (the Maastricht Conservatory of Music) and the US (the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music).

Upon moving to Israel, he developed a solid orchestra career, playing under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Frederick Chaslin and Omer Wellber, among others. In addition to his current position as an Assistant Principal Violist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, he serves as a Project Director at the Jerusalem Conservatory.

Dima Zuckerman

VIOLIN

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Violin teacher:
Dima Zuckerman

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