Zefunot Culture is proud to invite outstanding piano students to participate in private lessons with the leading piano teacher, William Fong.

 

A distinguished teacher, William is in demand for masterclasses and adjudication in the UK and overseas. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Head of Keyboard at the Purcell School for Young Musicians- one of Europe's leading specialist schools for talented young musicians. 

William maintains a busy schedule of recitals, masterclasses, teaching and lecturing both in the UK and internationally, as well as regular commitments to some of the finest international piano summer schools.

As a senior teacher, Fong will present the participants with techniques of playing and performing that will enrich and deepen their musical understanding.

William Fong, zefunot culture
William Fong, renowned pianist and teacher

There is a real need to give Israeli students the opportunity to be effectively exposed to developments in the world of music.

The private lessons will take place from January 5th to January 10th, 2020 at the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv.

 

Ten students will be chosen to participate in this outstanding workshop and will receive a full participation scholarship from Zefunot Culture.

APPLY & AUDITION

The APPLICATION FORM must be submitted by December 15th, 2019.

For further questions, please contact zfunotarbut@gmail.com 

We have no doubt that this type of training helps nurture the next generation of pianists in Israel.

This will be our second Piano Masterclass and we intend to make this a long lasting project, which will include additional musical instruments, for the benefit of young talented musicians in Israel and their achievements.

Zefunot Culture seizes every opportunity to help elevate the careers of Israeli musicians abroad.
OVERVIEW

Since the beginning of the year we have held a number of fundraising events. All profits were dedicated to helping and promoting young Israeli musicians:

2019 MASTERCLASS with XIAOHAN WANG

In January 2019, Zefunot Culture in collaboration with Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes, held a workshop led by one of the leading pianists and teachers of our time, Xiaohan Wang.

11 students were chosen to participate in this outstanding workshop.

 

The students all received a full participation scholarship from Zefunot Culture.

As a senior teacher, Xiaohan presented the participants with techniques of playing and performing that enriched and deepened their musical understanding.

This workshop stemmed from the need to give Israeli students the opportunity to be effectively exposed to developments in the world of music.

We have no doubt that this type of training helps nurture the next generation of pianists in Israel.

We thank Abigail, Idit and the staff of the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv for all their help and cooperation, in creating an optimal learning environment for the workshop's participants.

Xiaohan Wang, renowned pianist and teacher

Masterclass participants: Tom Zalmanov / Saeed Diab / Mohammad Alsheikh / Yali Zaken / Talmon Pechevsky / Dany Dvorkin / Ido Zeev / Eden Agranat-Meged / Paz Avineri / Esty Yoffe / Lior Lifshitz.

A DELIGHTFUL SATURDAY with YEOLEUM SON

The "A Delightful Saturday" recital with Korean pianist, Yeoleum Son, which took place in January this year at the Luria family home in Sarona, received enthusiastic responses.

 

The audience received a special surprise when Yeoleum invited the world-renowned pianist Xiaohan Wang to play Schubert's Fantasy for four hands.

yeoleum son, zefunot culture

CLASSIC  & JAZZ with DANIEL CIOBANU and OMRI MOR

In March, The Zefunot Culture Home hosted the Romanian classical pianist, Daniel Ciobanu and the Israeli jazz pianist, Omri Mor, in the "Classic & Jazz" concert. Each pianist played from his own personal repertoire and both closed the event with improvisations in four hands.

 

This was a special and moving event in honor of Dr. Zefaniah Cohen, marking the 23rd anniversary of his passing.

daniel ciobanu & omri mor, zefunot culture

ZEFUNOT'S BLOSSOMING TALENTS

On April 6th, a concert was held at the Levy family home in Sde Warburg.

The concert was performed by four outstanding young musicians, winners of the Zefunot Culture Scholarships: Masha Mershon (violin), Tamir Naaman-Pery (cello), Eden Agranat-Meged (piano) and Lior Lifshitz (piano).

 

The young musicians moved the audience, performing solos and chamber music.

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zefunot's blossoming talents, zefunot culture

KOBI AFLALO in SDE WARBURG

On June 15th we held our annual summer concert at the home of Rachel and Haim Danon in Sde Warburg.

 

Each year we host one of Israel's outstanding musicians. This year we were honored to host Kobi Aflalo.

kobi aflalo, zefunot culture

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES for ISRAELI MUSICIANS

This year our association had the privilege of creating opportunities for Israeli musicians, by connecting Israeli artists and international artists:

Daniel Ciobanu, artistic director of the Neamt Music Festival, invited the Israeli jazz pianist, Omri Mor to perform at the festival that will take place in Romania during September 2019. The meeting between the two was initiated by the chairperson of our organization.

Another fruitful collaboration initiated by our chairperson was between the pianist and the artistic director of Morellino Classica Festival, Pietro Bonfilio, who invited the Carmel Quartet to perform at the festival in Tuscany in early July 2019.

ciobanu and mor, zefunot culture
Ciobanu and Mor at the Zefunot Culture Home
GRANTS & PRIZES

Zefunot Culture has made it its goal to promote, support and encourage excelling young musicians. Since the beginning of the year we have awarded scholarships to young outstanding musicians:

  • Masha Mershon, violin

  • Tamir Naaman-Pery, cello

  • Eden Agranat-Meged, piano

  • Lior Lifshitz, piano

  • Elias Elias, violin

  • Dany Dvorkin, piano

  • Sara Elkind, harp

  • Yael Beri, harp

  • Tom Shamrakov, violin

  • Maya Zutta, flute

  • Children of the Alfasi family, different instruments

  • 11 young pianists received a full participation scholarship to the 2019 Piano Masterclass with Xiaohan Wang

VIOLIN DONATION

In January of this year, we were very excited to give the young violinist Masha Mershon a violin donated by Erika Ciesielski‎ and the Vienna Violin & Accessories from Austria. 

The violin was built by her husband, Alfred Ciesielski, according to violin Kluger specifications, model 1955 as built for the Vienna Philharmonic.

Right to left: Erika Ciesielski, Masha Mershon and Ilana Cohen
GUESTS LIST

Zefunot Culture continues to provide a warm home for Israeli and international musicians in the New Zefunot Home in Tel Aviv.

 

Since the beginning of the year we were happy to host new and longtime friends:

  • World-renowned pianist and teacher from China, Xiaohan Wang
     

  • Korean pianist, Yeoleum Son
     

  • Romanian pianist, Daniel Ciobanu
     

  • 10-year-old pianist from China, Chen Zhengxi and his mother

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH 6, 2020

VITALY PISARENKO - Piano Recital

The Ukrainian pianist, Vitaly Pisarenko, first prize winner at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, will host one of the leading young Israeli pianists, Alon Kariv.

 

Friday, March 6, 2020, at 11:30 am

at the Zefunot Culture Home, Tel Aviv

 

Vitaly Pisarenko's website >>

NEWSLETTERS

PROMOTING YOUNG ISRAELI MUSICIANS

Few young Israeli musicians have the ability to create their own web presence in English - an essential tool for any artist wishing international exposure.

Our upgraded site includes personal pages for each recipient with photograph, press quotes, YouTube footage, links to social media and most importantly - an up-to-date biography (supplied by the musician).