About the project
The Jerusalem Music Center was established in 1973 to foster classical musical activities and education in Israel and Jerusalem. The center was established at the initiative of the late Maestro Isaac Stern together with then-Mayor Teddy Kollek to bring local musical talent closer to the international music scene. The original facility included a multi-purpose studio and recording facilities. The Jerusalem Foundation has supported renovations and the purchase of equipment over the years, including the addition of two music studios, one of which has become the home of the Jerusalem Quartet. It also has supported numerous activities at the center over the years, from an early, multi-year effort led by Maestro Stern to videotape renowned visiting musicians including Pablo Casals, Alexander Schneider, Leanord Rose, Eugene Istomin and Arthur Rubenstein, to master classes, concert series, broadcasts, competitions and music education programs for children. The center is part of a complex of Jerusalem Foundation-supported projects at Mishkenot Sha’ananim that also includes the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center & Guest House, the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center and Djanogly Hall. The Leslie Paisner Memorial Garden, created in memory of the founder of the Jerusalem Foundation, Great Britain, is located at the center’s entrance.