Piano master classes kick off in South

The instructors for the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes are all well-known international performers and teachers.

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In its 17th year, and for the third year in a row, the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes are taking place at Ben Gurion College at Kibbutz Sde Boker; they began August 3 and run until the 22nd. The instructors, all well-known international performers and teachers, include workshop artistic directors Emmanuel Krasovsky and Victor Derevianko, Dmitri Bashkirov, Alon Goldstein and Jerome Rose. Alexander Tamir and Nicolai Petrov will offer insight into the art of the piano duo. Vera Weidman teaches chamber music, and the art of the lieder (or art song) is conveyed by Jonathan Zak. There are also competitions, such as the best performance of a new Israeli work, which the winner will perform at the closing gala, and a new Excellence Prize of $1,000 dedicated to the memory of Pnina Salzman - the winner of which will play at a concert in her honor on August 16. Some 75 young pianists from here and abroad will take part in the master classes, recitals and concerts to which the public is invited free of charge. The only exception is the closing concert at the Tel Aviv Museum (August 21 at 8:30 p.m.). Info is available at (09) 958-8468 or www.masterclasses.org.il