Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna Student Performs with Israel Philharmonic

Jerusalem Conservatory Hassasdna Celebrates 40 Years 1 Avraham performing at Hassadna's 40th anniversary concert.

Fifteen-year-old Hassadna student Avraham Terifa made history in 2013 when he became the first child of Ethiopian descent to be accepted to the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing his family, Hassadna and the Jerusalem Foundation immense pride. A year later, the young violinist from Jerusalem continues to amaze, performing in concerts with the Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The first concert took place earlier this week at Heichal Hatarbut in Rishon LeZion and the second will take place in the beginning of January at Heichal Hatarbut Tel Aviv, one of the country's leading concert halls.

"For eight years we have accompanied Avraham in his challenging and exciting musical journey. Today, as we watch him perform as soloist with Israel’s leading orchestras, we are filled with tremendous pride and joy," said Lena Nemirovsky-Wiskind, Director of the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna. Avraham, who began his music studies at Hassadna at age eight, is a student of the renowned violinist and instructor Prof. Michael Gaisler. He is one of 30 children from the Ethiopian community who study in the Conservatory's "From Risk to Opportunity" program thanks to full financial and personal support. The program is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

The Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna
is one of Jerusalem's most distinguished music institutions, providing high-quality music instruction for children of diverse backgrounds, ages 3-18. Students at the Conservatory have won numerous awards in Israel and internationally and often continue their music education at some of the most prestigious universities in Israel and abroad. Several have gone on to launch international careers. The Jerusalem Foundation supports scholarships for students in programs at the Conservatory that cater to children with special needs and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.