Making the connection

04.03.2012                      10.Adar. 5772

Musikszene:

Making the connection

Violinist Valery Sokolov makes his Israeli debut at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.

‘I was happy and proud to be invited to the Eilat Chamber Music Festival,” says violinist Valery Sokolov in a phone interview from his home in Munich. “For me, Israel is a mecca of violin playing, and I know many Israeli musicians. But I was also surprised, as I have no professional connections with Israel.”
Sokolov would have been less surprised if he knew that the very idea of the festival, which takes place this year from March 11 – 17 at Isrotel’s Princess Hotel, is to bring to Israel rising stars of classical music, as well as outstanding ensembles that are still unfamiliar to the local audience….