Keshet Eilon’s moment in the Sun

Emily San’s teacher Robin Wilson, Phillip Shvok, Emily Sun. Photo: Monique Harmer

WHEN, in 2017, a group of Australians visited Keshet Eilon Music Centre – a renowned music college focusing on master courses and classes for strings on Kibbutz Eilon in the Western Galilee – they decided it was high time to form an Australian branch.

Hitting the ground running, the group has achieved great success and recently launched the Australian Friends of Keshet Eilon, marked with an impressive concert at the NSW Conservatorium of Music.

Having attended the mastercourse at Keshet Eilon in 2011, violinist Emily Sun, who won the prestigious ABC Young Performer of the Year Award (YPA) in July, performed at the launch, before sharing her experiences in Israel.

The popular number on the night was the Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by Russian composer Igor Frolov – a piece that Sun first heard while at Keshet Eilon, and which she played in her semi-final of the YPA.

In a marvellous encore, Sun was joined on stage by her former teacher Robin Wilson in a duet of the divine Prelude by Shostakovich.

Sun has returned to Keshet Eilon twice since her initial visit, and has been invited as an alumnus teacher to help teach other young musicians at the college in 2020.

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