Staff & Faculty

ORGANIZATION

Br. DOBROMIR JASZTAL ofm
The President

Br. ALBERTO JOAN PARI ofm

General Director

Ms. GIULIANA METTINI 

Vice Director

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Br. ALBERTO PARI ofm
Br. DOBROMIR JASZTAL ofm
Ms. GIULIANA METTINI
Ms. SALWA KAFITY
Ms. PAOLA GRIGNOLA


THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Br. ALBERTO PARI ofm

Director

Ms. GIULIANA METTINI 
Academic Referent

Ms. TANIA BELTSER
Pre-Academic Referent

TEACHERS

 ANNIE ASLANIAN ( Childrens' Group )
 MARINA BALANDIN ( Piano )
 TANIA BELTSER  ( Violin )
 JIRIES BOULLATA  ( Piano )
 
Born in Jerusalem. Boullata is a Palestinian pianist, composer, improviser, teacher and architect. He is the first-prize winner of many national competitions. He performs locally and internationally as a soloist, choir conductor, choir accompanist, and as part of chamber music ensembles. He is a jury member in several competitions like "The Palestinian Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition". He is a founder and musician at "Mazaj Ensemble", a quintet that combines Arabic and Western classical music.  Boullata was the founder and conductor of "The Good Shepherd Choir" of Jericho. A composer of several instrumental music, choral music and children songs, Boullata teaches piano, music theory and improvisation at the Magnificat Institute and at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

Education
Ph.D student in musicology at "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem" (ongoing), Master Degree with distinction in piano performance at "Conservatorio di Vicenza" Italy (2011), Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering at "Birzeit University" (2008), Italian Traditional Diploma in piano performance at "Conservatorio di Vicenza" (2007), Perfectional Piano Courses at "Imola International Piano Academy" (2012) and at "The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance" (2011).

 

 STELLA BRESLER ( Violin & Beginner Orchestra )
 LUCIA D'ANNA ( Cello & Music Theory )
 ALEXANDER FINE  ( Oboe & Bassoon )

 

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, Fine was Principal Bassoonist of The Leningrad State Chamber Orchestra (1974-1989). From 1990 to 1997, he was Principal Bassoonist of the “Sinfonietta” Chamber Orchestra. At present he is Assistant Principal Bassoonist at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA. During his time with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Fine has been very active, participating in many Festivals, such as “The White Nights" in St. Petersburg and “December Evenings” in Moscow. He has taught in numerous music institutes locally and abroad.

Education
Fine graduated with a Masters Degree in Teaching and Performing Art from St. Petersburg Conservatory (1975).

 

 SOPHIE FREDKIN ( Violin )
 JAMIL FREIJ ( Music Theory )
 HANI KREITEM  ( Music Theory )

 

Born in Jerusalem, Hani Kreitem is a music theory teacher/trainer at the Magnificat Institute of Music, the director of the Magnificat Choir of the Custody of the Holy Land, the conductor of the Jerusalem Knights Parish Choir, and a music teacher at the Terra Santa School-Jerusalem.
He has participated in numeous master-conducting courses: a member of the World Youth Choir (2005), he attended an intensive musical course for one month at the Conservatory of Vicenza. Kreteim aslo participated in the 1st Arab Choral Festival, ASWATUNA (2007).

Education
Music Diploma in Piano and Theory from the Magnificat Institute; B.Mus. Degree in Music Education from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Currently completing M.Mus. Degree in Music Education and Choir Conducting.

 

 ALA LEWIN  ( Piano )

 

Piano
Music School: 1958-1966
Moscow College and the Moscow "M.Gnesina" Musical Pedagogical Institute: Departments of piano and choir conducting: 1966-1972.

Since 1972 Ala Lewin works as a piano teacher.
Until 1990 she was also active as a choir conductor.

 

 YOAV LIFTVITCH ( Percussion )
 YEVGENI MARKEL  ( Guitar )
 GIULIANA METTINI ( Voice & Choir )
 EUGENE RATNER  ( Trumpet, Brass & Music Theory )

 

A professional trumpet player, Ratner has performed with several symphony orchestras in Israel and Russia: as a trumpet soloist, he has performed in many concerts, including tours in Serbia and Russia.
Ratner has given Master Classes at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2011) and at the "P.I. Tchaikovsky" Conservatory in Moscow where he was a guest of the “Brass Days” Festival (2011). Since 1994, Ratner - in his role of brass teacher and conductor - has managed students bands of different styles in Jerusalem.
More, he is the author of many orchestrations and transcriptions for wind ensembles and symphony orchestra: his editions of Ravel's “Pictures at an Exhibition” and of Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” have been performed in Russia, USA, Portugal, Poland and France. Ratner's arrangements and transcriptions are published by Bruno Uetz Musik Verlag, Germany.

Education
Ratner was a graduate of the Gnessin State Musical College and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music Academy of Moscow.
Among his trumpet teachers, we highlight T. Dokshitser, the legendary trumpet soloist of the Bolshoi Theater and K. Cox of the Israel Philharmonic. Ratner also attended master courses with K. Groth of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

 

 EKATERINA SAMSON  ( Piano )

 

Piano teacher and performer, Samson has participated in various international competitions, concerts and performances in Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Russia. In parallel, Samson is involved in various musical projects raging from opera to chamber ensembles.

Education
Samson began her musical studies at the Kazakh National Academy of Music in Astana. She completed her B.Mus. and M.Mus. at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, under the direction of Prof. Vadim Monastysky. Samson has studied chamber music with Prof. Alexander Tamir.

 

 NADINE SHAHEEN ( Choir & Music Theory )
 IDIT SHEMER ( Flute )
 EMMA SPITKOVSKY  ( Piano )
 MARIA SPITKOVSKY  ( Piano )
 FABIENNE VAN ECK  ( Cello )

 

Fabienne Van Eck has played in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Residence Orchestra of the Hague, the Amman Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Improvisers Orchestra, Musica Nova and the Reflex Ensemble. Van Eck has performed the "Saint-Säens Cello Concerto" with the Bataafs Symphony Orchestra. Plus, she has participated in many international festivals - like the Reich Festival -  and has given concerts all over the world: in New York, Germany, France, the Netherlands. 

Van Eck has given hundreds of workshops in communities in Palestine, Jordan, Uganda, and Rwanda. Currently she is project manager and music trainer at ‘Musicians Without Borders’. 
Since 2013, she is the artistic director and cello teacher of ‘Sounds of Palestine’: a program for children of refugees that combines music with social work.

Education
Van Eck graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (2005). She has studied with Lucia Swarts for four years and with Harro Ruijsenaars for two years. In 2011, she received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Jerusalem Academy of Music.

 

 MIRJAM YOUNAN  ( Piano, Theory, Choir )

 

Born in Jerusalem, Mirjam Younan was one of the first students of the Magnificat Institute. 
Since 2006, she has taught piano and music theory at the Magnificat Institute. In 2008, Younan founded the "Yasmeen Buds Choir," the children's choir of the Magnificat. Younan is also the director of the annual Magic Lamp Festival. Since 2013, she is also a music teacher at the Schmidt's College Jerusalem.
Mirjam Younan has participated in various master classes and has conducted courses at the Palestine Choral Festival (2013). Since 2014, Younan is a jury member of the Jugendmusiziert International Competition.

Education
Younan completed a Music Diploma in Piano and Theory at the Magnificat Institute. She was also awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Piano and Conducting in Germany.

 

 ITAMAR ZAMIR ( Guitar )
 URI DROR (Orchestra)
 JANNA GONTARENKO ( Violino )

STAFF

SANA' SAHHAR
Administrative Assistant

AMEENA ADILEH
Student Secretariat

GIOVANNI MALASPINA 
Digital Curator


JAMIL FREIJ
PPAN Project Coordinator

NELLO DEL GATTO
Volunteer