July 31st - August 19th 2022
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Tel-Hai Master Classes 2022

The daily schedule during the program:

Individual lessons, workshops and practicing--daily from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.(Lessons and workshops open for all to observe).

Public Master Classes are every day from 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Evenings (from 8 p.m.)--students concerts and occasional special events.


Considering the importance of performing in public, a number of public concerts will take place during the course. Be ready to perform from the first day! Please include in the application form the pieces you are ready to play in public. The concert programs will be devised in consultation with the faculty. If you intend to perform a concerto, be sure to have a two-piano score.

Chamber Music Workshop  (Professors Vera Vaidman, violin,  Diana Cahanescu, cello)

Mindful of the significance of chamber music in a pianist’s professional life, a Chamber Music Workshop is offered to the Master Classes participants during the first half of the Classes. This year, the focus is on sonatas for violin and piano, viola and piano, cello and piano, and piano trios. The faculty string players, in the true spirit of collaborative music-making, will take an active part in building performances, sharing their experience, knowledge and insight in the process. Successful projects may be presented in Master Classes public concerts. As the number of places in this Workshop is limited, only those genuinely interested in the subject and with previous experience in studying and performing chamber music should apply.

If you intend to join the Chamber Music Workshop, please indicate so in the application, specifying one complete composition you wish to work on. The piano part should be ready for rehearsal from day one of the course.

Following is the list of works you may choose from:

Any sonata for violin and piano or viola and piano 


A sonata for cello and piano by: Beethoven (no. 1, 2, and 3), Brahms (no. 1), Franck, Shostakovich; and Fantasy Pieces op. 73 by Schumann,


A trio for violin, cello and piano: Beethoven (op.1 no. 1, 2, and 3; op. 70 no. 1, op. 97), Schubert (both), Mendelssohn op. 49 no. 1, Brahms (trios in B and in C minor).


The Israeli pianist Dr. Ido Ariel is an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and lecturer, one of the leading figures in the field of Art-Song in Israel. Since 2013 Ido is the head of the vocal department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Since 2012 he is the director of "Shira-Shir" concert series, dedicated to the classical as well as the Israeli art-song in collaboration with prominent Israeli singers. Ido has accompanied many acclaimed singers in Israel and abroad; he has directed "Singing Words" concert series at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has artistically advised to related concert-series. A former member of the musical staff at the New Israeli Opera. His activity as lecturer includes master-classes in Europe, the US, and Israel. Ido has won many prizes and awards during his studies in Beer-Sheva Conservatory, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Royal College of Music, London, where he won the Director's award for his research and performance of the songs of Arnold Schoenberg.


During his workshops, Guy Mintus sets out to connect the participants deeper with the core of their own musical expression by using an approach that is both technical and holistic.

In this intensive session participants will take part in musical games, experiments, exercises which will reveal the improviser and the inner voice in each participant.

The workshop will include taking pieces from the participants’ repertoire and using them as springboards for improvisations, re-imaginations and musical explorations.

Guy had taught globally at institutions such as UCLA; Royal Conservatory Madrid; University of Cincinnati; University of Toledo; KM School of Music & Technology, Chennai; Tel Aviv-Vienna Vocal Connection; Thelma Yellin High School of Arts, and more.

Concerto Competition

In what has become a meaningful annual event in Israel's musical calendar, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, one of this country's leading performing bodies, presents within its regular season a Gala Concert with the winner of the Tel-Hai Concerto Competition as soloist. The Gala Concert is a fully professional event, on par with the orchestra's subscription concerts.

Since the 2011-12 concert season, Tel-Hai Concerto Competition prizewinners are also featured as soloists with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in their annual “Rising Stars” concerts.

The Master Classes participants, of sufficient accomplishment and experience to rise to the occasion, are invited to prepare a complete concerto* for the competition, which will take place during the course. The competition jury will consist of the artistic directors and faculty of the Master Classes, representatives of the orchestras, and guest musicians invited to judge the event.

Those wishing to take part in the Concerto Competition will so indicate in the application form. In addition, they are required to present a letter from their primary teacher, testifying to a professional ability to perform in a full-fledged orchestral concert. Please note that only those attending the full program (both terms) are eligible to enter the concerto competition.

For the Concerto Competition Rules and Regulations  click here »

* Except by Bach and Haydn. Due to technical limitations, only concertos for one piano and orchestra can be accepted.

*Due to the Covid-19 situation, changes may occur. Please follow announcements on our website.

The Master Classes take place at our summer home, Midreshet Sde Boker – an inspiring environment in the magical region of the Negev desert.

The program is divided into two equal terms. It includes regular individual lessons, daily public master classes and evening concerts.

Each participant is assigned to the class of a faculty member of his/her choice as indicated in the application form, for regular work during the course.  In addition, some students are chosen to perform in public master classes. Students are encouraged to apply and perform in concerts.

Students may apply to Chamber Music, Art Song, and Improvisation workshops, and the Concerto Competition. On the last day, the Master Classes participants travel from Sde Boker to Tel-Aviv for Tel-Hai annual Gala Concert, in which outstanding participants of the course perform.