Last Photo - April 25, 2015
Post Concert at St. Jude's Anglican Church
In Loving Memory of Professor Jacques Israelievitch
(1948 -- 2015)
On September 5th, 2015, the world lost a one-of-a-kind musician.
Professor Jacques Israelievitch was one of my most respected and treasured mentors. He was more than just a violin teacher.
He was a loving fatherly figure, a supportive mentor, an encouraging friend, an ideal role model, and an inspiring artist of the highest caliber.
His faith in my own abilities at the time of my studies at the University of Toronto exceeded my own, and he always knew how to put a smile on your face. I will never forget my first experience playing for him in a masterclass, and the lessons that followed. He always reminded me that there is more to being an artist, more to being a musician, than simply perfected execution, or the path towards an illusion of perfection.
He shared with me his love of chamber music, and the importance of connecting and collaborating with your colleagues. He taught me that our students will outlive us - as will their work - and that the true combination of open imagination and sincere motivation knows no bounds for genuine artistic innovation.
The opportunity he gave me to study with him at The Chautauqua Institution propelled my love for ballet, and inspired all my subsequent and current work with choreography, photography, and filmmaking.
It is thanks to Professor Israelievitch that I am truly starting to understand and appreciate what it means to be an artist. To create art, to have an open-mind, and to inspire those who follow us.
This page was created to accumulate precious recordings and memories, and to remind myself and all those who stumble upon it (including those who never met Mr. Israelievitch) of the phenomenal legacy and memories he left behind during his performing and teaching career.
I am forever grateful for all that he has instilled upon me and will see to it that his artistic inspirations be carried on as far as possible into the future through all mediums of art.
For a more complete tribute website, visit:
Created by Gabrielle Israelievitch from 2015-2017.
Condolences & Tributes (Facebook)
From Stelth Ng:
August 2016 Dance Tribute Video:
In Loving Memory..
We all have times in our lives when we falter, lose faith, and doubt ourselves...times when we lose track of our abilities and just how much we have to offer those around us.
But more importantly are the times when that one special person - friend, parent, or teacher - comes into your life for just a bit, and reminds you who you are, and what you believe in.
You are the reason I am a musician. You never failed to support me; to encourage, nurture, and change my life for the better. You always believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself.
I will never forget the first time I played for you in masterclass.
Nor will I forget your hilarious stories, your incredible patience, devotion, sincerity, and honesty towards me for all those years.
I would not be who I am today - musician or not - were it not for you.
Thank you for being that one special person to me; my friend, my musical father, and my teacher.
You will forever be the musician I hope to one day become.
Rest In Peace.
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."
Behind the Scenes photographs and footage screenshots of production, “The Lark”
Dancers Cara Hansvick & Michael Menghini of Charlotte Ballet.
Filmed: August 2016 at The Chautauqua Institution
Production Release: September 2016
Facebook Tribute Video: The Lark - Tribute Post
YouTube Video Link: The Lark - Official
Vimeo Video Link: The Lark - HD
Audio Mixing & Editing
Behind the Scenes Photography:
Directed, Produced, and Edited by Stelth Ng
Dedicated to The Late Jacques Israelievitch