A multicultural music event was held in Canberra last week at the Wesley Music Centre when the Israeli embassy in collaboration with the German embassy put on a special concert with music from both nations.
Pianist Dr Roman Salyutov from Germany, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s violinist Ilya Isakovich from Sydney, and opera singer Jade McFaul from Canberra were the talent for the evening.
Isakovich immigrated in 1991 from Ukraine to Israel, where he graduated from the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and started his military service in the IDF Chamber Orchestra. In 2000, Isakovich was accepted into the first violin section of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked until starting his Australian life with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney in 2004.
They performed German works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms, and Israeli works by Marc Lavry and Paul Ben-Haim, as well as by Moroccan-Israeli composer Shimon Buskila.
The concert was attended by the Israeli ambassador, Amir Maimon, and German ambassador, Markus Ederer, and among the other guests were CEOs and program managers of leading cultural institutions from the Australian Capital Territory, local artists, personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, representatives from the diplomatic community, university staff and students, music teachers and music students, and members from the Jewish and German communities of Canberra.