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Ilana Zaks

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Near North Station
7 Hosted 7 times!
Capacity of 60

68 Attendees hosted

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Bio

Jewish-American violinist Ilana Zaks has been described as “fearless, refreshing and commanding...she has all the requisites of technique, confidence and sensibility for a major career.” (Boston Music Intelligencer) annd “captivating and delightful”(Worcester Telegram). She has performed as a soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Brockton Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, and Thayer Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of eleven, Ilana had her symphonic debut with the Boston Civic Symphony under conductorship of Maestro Max Hobart. In October of 2013, Ilana had a privilege to be a featured soloist with Boston Civic at the Jordan Hall in Boston and in the summer of 2012, at the Boston Hatch Shell.

Ilana’s many honors include top prizes at concerto competitions with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, James R. Powers Concerto, Leonard Wood Award of the Young Artist Competition from the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, the “Young Promise” International Competition, and the Bay State Contest of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Eastern Division and National Competition for MTNA. In March of 2014 Ilana was selected one of seven finalists in the International Menuhin Competition. In June of 2014 Ilana was the featured performer on the National Public Radio Program “From the Top”.

Ms. Zaks is an enthusiastic recitalist and a frequent chamber music player and loves to perform for different audiences. In March 2012 she performed chamber music at the International Young Musicians festival, “Passion of Music 2012” at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Currently the first violinist in Quartet Credos, they frequently perform Groupmuse recitals and community events in the Boston area.

Ilana loves contemporary music as well as premiering new works in unusual instrumentation and presenting the music through multidisciplinary means. In Spring 2019, she commissioned four composers (three from NEC, one from Berklee) to write pieces for Violin and Percussion which will be performed in a full recital with dancers, digital artists and animation in 2020. The project was awarded an EM grant from the New England Conservatory. https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Persistence_Of_Memory?id=WC7F375mQs0.P&hl=en_US

Currently a 3rd year Undergrad student at the New England Conservatory studying with Donald Weilerstein for the past 11 years.
Since summer of 2013 Ilana is a member of the Perlman Music Program, where she studies with the legendary Itzhak Perlman. With the program, Ilana traveled and performed in Sarasota, FL, Stanford, CA, New York City, and in Israel.

Along with studying violin performance at the New England Conservatory, she is pursuing a liberal arts minor in multidisciplinary collaboration, Zaks will conclude with a performance of Jennifer Higdon's violin Concerto with an all female orchestra, Kairos Dance Theater and digital artist Raymie Polk. This performance will be followed by the documentary film (she co-director) screening of the process of the project coming together, as well as interviews with Jennifer Higdon, Cheryl Lawson, Itzhak and Toby Perlman, Marin Alsop, Twyla Tharp, Hilary Hahn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, BSO's Richard Svoboda, Suzanne Nelsen and Cathy Basrak, Kim Kashkashian, Merry Peckham, Rachel Calin, Judy Braha, and members of the production team.

Hosted groupmuses (7)

Zaks-Ratinov duo Debut

  • Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 6:15 PM
  • New Haven, CT

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This groupmuse happened 20 days ago

Needham State of Mind Final Summer concert

  • Monday, August 24, 2020, at 7:15 PM
  • Boston, MA
This groupmuse happened 2 months ago

Rise of the solo violin

  • Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • Boston, MA

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This groupmuse happened 2 months ago

[livestream] Bartok and Beyond!

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM
  • Boston Boston, MA

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This groupmuse happened 7 months ago

[livestream] Violin and Piano Sonatas

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 8:15 PM
  • Boston Boston, MA

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This groupmuse happened 7 months ago

DEBUT VISUAL ALBUM SCREENING Persistence of Memory

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 5:45 PM
  • Newton Highlands Historic District, Newton Newton, MA
This groupmuse happened 10 months ago

A one night only show: Featuring Dance, Improvisation, Comedy, Fashion, and Animation

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7:45 PM
  • Fenway–Kenmore, Boston Boston, MA
This groupmuse happened 12 months ago

Co-hosted groupmuses (9)

Hoot before Turkey

  • Friday, November 20, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • New Haven, CT
  • Ilana Zaks host

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Yale Hootenanny: Scene 2

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • New Haven, CT
  • Groupmuse host

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This groupmuse happened 6 days ago

Yale Hootenany Scene 2

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • New Haven, CT
  • Groupmuse host
This groupmuse happened 7 days ago

Korngold Violin Concerto

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 2:45 PM
  • New Haven, CT
  • Ilana Zaks host
This groupmuse happened 11 days ago

Yale Hootenanny

  • Friday, September 25, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • New Haven, CT
  • Groupmuse host

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This groupmuse happened about 1 month ago

[pending] Duo Fuego at the Roche community center

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 7:15 PM
  • West Roxbury, Boston Boston, MA
  • Ilana Zaks host
This groupmuse happened 6 months ago

[pending] Flying Forward: Celebrating Women in the visual and Performing arts

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 7:30 PM
  • Fenway–Kenmore, Boston Boston, MA
  • Ilana Zaks host
This groupmuse happened 7 months ago

Duo Fuego Presents

  • Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 3:00 PM
  • West End, Boston Boston, MA
  • Ilana Zaks host
This groupmuse happened 8 months ago

Dancing, Jazz, Schubert and Bloch at the Boston Synagogue

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 3:15 PM
  • Near North Station
  • Ilana Zaks host
This groupmuse happened over 1 year ago