Outstanding Israeli musician delights Ottawa audience

Israeli pianist Yishai Rubin performing at Temple Israel, October 26.

Israeli pianist Yishai Rubin performing at Temple Israel, October 26.

By Jane and Martin Gordon – Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation

The Ottawa chapter of the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation (CICF) presented a concert featuring the brilliant young Israeli pianist and Sharett Scholarship Program recipient Yishai Rubin, October 26 at Temple Israel.

The Sharett Scholarship Program, funded by CICF and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF), provides tuition assistance to gifted young Israelis who demonstrate significant talent and potential in the arts. The program covers all areas of the arts and such major artists as Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman were Sharett Scholarship recipients as students. Hundreds of applicants audition annually before independent panels of experts and the recipients are considered the most talented. Without AICF/CICF support, many of these artists would be unable to afford their studies.

Rubin was born in 1990 and began studying piano at age seven. Since 2004, he has been supported by the scholarship program and has won numerous awards. He is now pursuing his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has performed in Israel and abroad and has served as soloist with several Israeli symphony orchestras.

About 90 people attended the concert and enjoyed Rubin’s performances of compositions by Bach, Brahms and Chopin. At the end of the concert, he asked the audience to suggest a tune and then brilliantly improvised on the suggestion, “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.”

CICF partnered for this concert with the Embassy of Israel and the Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, and received help from AJA 50+.

For more information about CICF, or to join, contact Solange Smith at 613 733-8116.

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