Letter of Commendation from MK Limor Livnat (2011)

MK Limor Livnat

Greetings from the Minister of Culture and Sport of the State of Israel
Limor Livnat, MK
to the 4th International Israeli Music Competition
and the 3rd Ernest Bloch Music Competition
London, England, 2011

I am pleased to welcome you all to the 4th International Israeli Music Competition in London and, in particular, those gifted musicians competing in the event. One hundred and ten musicians, from 22 countries, are participating, 15 of them from Israel. They will perform 30 works taken from the extensive repertoire of Israeli compositions.

 

Israeli music is a musical microcosm, integrating different international currents and styles. With the "ingathering of the exiles" in our land, between the strumming of the oud and the bowing of the violin, between the bouzouki's chords and the piano's tones, east and west meet in a unique musical fusion. Our music's rich sounds and authentic expression have captured the hearts of many classical music lovers. Israeli composers and performers, such as Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim, have won international repute and praise.

It is truly a wonder that our tiny country has become such a musical giant. In proportion to our population, the number of our orchestras, composers and performers – as well as the audiences who pack our concert halls to hear them – has no comparison in the world. Arthur Rubinstein said, "Anywhere in the world, people who have the flu go to the doctor. In Tel Aviv, they come to my concerts".

In the belief that nothing can compare to its beauty and grace, my Ministry and I make every effort to promote classical music in Israel and the world. While Israel contends with "bad press" in a hostile world, our music is our finest ambassador – for where words fail, music speaks. This prominent competition spreads the message of Israeli music, gives British audiences an opportunity to enjoy its richness, and shows the world a beautiful facet of our country – and for this I thank you.

Our special congratulations to the generous patrons of this year's competition, to its President, Lilian Hochhauser, and to its honoured jury, which performs its work so faithfully and so well.

Shalom and good luck!

Limor Livnat, M.K.

Minister of Culture and Sport

Ministry of Culture & Sport, P.O.B, 57577 Tel-Aviv 61575   Tel: +972-3-6367222   Fax: +972-3-6873361

http://www.mcs.gov.il

 
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