Staff & Faculty

ORGANIZATION

Fr. CUSTOS FRANCESCO PATTON ofm
The President

Br. ALBERTO PARI ofm

General Director

Br. NARCYZ KLIMAS ofm

Vice Director

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Br. ALBERTO PARI ofm
Br. NARCYZ KLIMAS ofm
Br. DOBROMIR JASZTAL ofm
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

Mr. JIRIES BOULLATA
Piano and Organ representative

Mr. ROBERT CANETTI
Strings representative

Ms. SHIRI CONEH
Guitar representative

Ms. YULIA PLAKHINA
Voice representative

Mr. EUGENE RATNER
Winds representative

Mr. RAM REUVEN
Theory representative

TEACHERS

 HAGAI ASHDOT  ( Flute )
 MARINA BALANDIN ( Piano )
 TANIA BELTSER  ( Violin )
 JIRIES BOULLATA  ( Piano )
 
Piano and Theory
Born in Jerusalem. Boullata is a Palestinian pianist, composer, improviser, teacher and architect. First-prize winner of national competitions. He performs locally and internationally as a soloist, choir conductor, choir accompanist, and in chamber music. 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.  The founder and conductor of ‘The Good Shepherd Choir’ in Jericho. A composer of several instrumental music, choral music and children songs. Boullata teaches piano, music theory and improvisation in the Magnificat Institute and 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).

 

 BELLA CANETTI  ( Viola  & Violin )

 

Viola and Violin
Played in various Orchestras locally and internationally. Was manager and co-founder with Prof. Robert Canetti of the “New Israeli” Chamber Ensemble, the International Canetti Music Festival and the Violin Competition. Played in concerts, gave master classes and participated in music festivals in Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Korea, China, etc. Bella Canetti co-founded with Prof. R. Canetti of the Jerusalem Stage Arts Music Festival, 2012. She arranges and composes music for young violinists and violists, small ensembles, young orchestras and professional violin/viola duets.

Education
Studied in Baku Music Academy, during which she took masterclasses with Prof. M. Aizenshtadt and Prof. Kravchenko, and F. Huseynov (assistants of L. Kogan) in the Moscow Conservatory.

 

 ROBERT CANETTI  ( Violin & Orchestra )

 

Violin, Chamber Music, Orchestra Conductor
International conductor, violinist, and professor; Honorary Professor of the Indianapolis University ‘Athens Campus’, Honorary Artist Guest of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Honorary Professor of the Kazakh State Music Academy.
Jury member of the ‘International Violin Competition’, together with Gideon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, and Zakhar Bron.
Director of an International Music Festival-Music Course and the Canetti International Violin Competition (1996). Gave Master Classes in Violin and chamber music in world known music academies and conservatories (Jerusalem Music Academy, Moscow Conservatory, Paris-Boulogne Conservatoire, Brussels Conservatoire, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, among others). Conducted orchestras all over the world. A professor of the Academic Courses in the Magnificat Institute.

Education
Studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York with Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas and the Julliard Quartet.

 SHIRI CONEH  ( Guitar )
 LUCIA D'ANNA ( Cello )
 ALEXANDER FINE  ( Oboe & Bassoon )

 

Bassoon
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine
Was Principal Bassoonist in Leningrad State Chamber Orchestra (1974-1989). Principal Bassoonist with the “Sinfonietta” Chamber Orchestra (1990-1997). Assistant Principal Bassoonist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA (1997 until present). During which Mr. Fine was a very active chamber musician participating in many Festivals, such as “White Nights in St. Petersburg and “December Evenings” in Moscow. Taught in numerous music institutes locally and abroad.

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

 

 HANI KREITEM  ( Children’s Group, Theory, Choir )

 

Choir Conductor, Music Theory, Music Education
Born in Jerusalem.
Music theory teacher/trainer at the Magnificat Institute of Music, Director of the Magnificat Choir of the Custody of the Holy Land, Conductor of the Jerusalem Knights Parish Choir, and music teacher at the Terra Santa School-Jerusalem.
Participated in various master-conducting courses, was a member of the World Youth Choir (2005), partook in an intensive musical course for one month in the Conservatory of Vicenza. 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.

 

 YEVGENI MARKEL  ( Guitar )
 GIULIANA METTINI ( Voice )
 MARIA NEISHTADT  ( Piano Accompanist )

 

Piano, Organ
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
Piano accompanist and performer. Participated in masterclasses of A. Orlovetski and M. Pletnev. Was a winner in the International Piano Competitions in Como, Italy. Partook in the Chopin Piano Competition (2007) in Poland. Gained critical acclaim for the performance and interpretation of Chopin’s works. Specializes in various combinations of chamber music.

Education
Graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, majoring in “piano performing art” in the classes of Prof. L. Sintzev and Prof. I. Uriash.
www.maria-neishtadt.com

 

 YULIA PLAKHINA  ( Voice )

 

Mezzo Soprano
Born in the former Soviet Union.
Since 1995, she has participated in the International Vocal Arts Institute under the tutelage of Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Oper in Tel Aviv. She has performed the roles of the Principessa in Puccini's Sour Angelica, the Mother of Antonia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Flora in La Traviata.
Since 2001, Plakhina has been a member of the Young Artists Program of the Israeli Opera and the Jerusalem Music Center; through which she has performed varied repertoire including the title role in La Cenerentola, Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Hansel in Hansel und Gretl, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and many others.
Since 2002, Plakhina has been performing with the Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Zubin Metha). In April 2004, her debute in Carnegie Hall took place under the direction of Terre Johnson and with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

Education
In 2000, she has participated in masterclasses of Christa Ludwig and Renata Scotto.
Graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.

 

 ERICA POLINI ( Violin, Theory )
 EUGENE RATNER  ( Theory, Trumpet, Brass )

 

Music Theory, Brass Instruments
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 the 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 attended the Gnessin State Musical College and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music Academy of Moscow.
Among his trumpet teachers we find: T. Dokshitser, the legendary trumpet soloist of the Bolshoi Theater and K. Cox of the Israel Philharmonic. Ratner attended also master courses with K. Groth of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

 

 RAM REUVEN ( Theory and Solfege )
 EKATERINA SAMSON  ( Piano )

 

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.

 

 IDIT SHEMER ( Flute )
 EMMA SPITKOVSKY  ( Piano )
 MARIA SPITKOVSKY  ( Piano )
 FABIENNE VAN ECK  ( Cello )

 

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-Saens Cello Concerto" with the Bataafs Symphony Orchestra. More, she has performed in many international festivals - like the Reich Festival -  and in concerts all over the world: 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’ in Palestine. 
Since 2013, she is the artistic director and cello teacher of ‘Sounds of Palestine’: a program for refugee children 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 in Jerusalem (2011).

 

 MIRJAM YOUNAN  ( Piano, Theory, Choir )

 

Piano, Theory, Choir Conductor, Composer
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.

 

 TATIANA YUROVSKY  ( Organ )

 

Pipe Organ
Yurovsky was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Aside from teaching the Academic Course in (Pipe) Organ at the Magnificat Institute, she is also chapel organist at the Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family in Jerusalem and Substitute Organist at the BYU “Mormons” University. Yourovsky has performed many recitals as Organ Soloist in Jerusalem: BYU University, St. Saviour’s Church and at the Church of the Salesian Monastery.

Education
Yourovsky began to learn music at the “Baiseitova” Music School for Gifted Children; she completed the required 11 years of study in Piano and continued her studies at the State Conservatory where she received a Graduate Degree in Piano (1990). She was awarded a B.Mus. Degree in Pipe Organ from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2002), where she studied with Prof. E. Roloff. Yourovsky continued to pursue Pipe Organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England (2006) with Prof. N. Kynaston. She has attended two important master classes: one on the works of D. Buxtehude (with Prof. Geuthe Krogh), the second on the works of O. Massiaen (with organist O. Latry). Yourovsky has completed her M.Mus. Degree in Pipe Organ at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Dr. B. Kleiner.

 

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