The audience rose a second time to applaud violin virtuoso Jaleh Perego after her emotional rendition of the unforgettable Elvis Presley hit 'Can't help falling in love.'
Young Jaleh Perego’s exceptional performance received two standing ovations from a captivated audience of nearly four hundred people for her violin recital celebrating the 90th anniversary of Kibbutz Geva in Emek Jezreel (Israel).
Accompanied on piano by Stas Gavrilov, Jaleh enchanted her audience for over two hours displaying her interpretation of both timeless classics and contemporary compositions with a high degree of technical mastery and expressive maturity.
She drew her listeners into a musical journey starting from Bach's grand solemnity travelling through Saint-Saens and Tartini’s rhythmic brilliance and Kreisler's Viennese charm. Jaleh closed an evening that showcased her outstanding talent, humour and charisma with Israeli traditional pieces and popular encores.
Comments from the audience:
“Amazing, I closed my eyes and I felt I was in another place.”
“Never heard or seen anything like it.”
“Pure brilliance, I’ll never forget this.”
Present in the audience and participating in the anniversary celebrations was Professor Nachum Erlich, her violin teacher and mentor at the Music University in Karlsruhe in Germany, where Jaleh recently received her Master’s degree cumma sum laude, and was admitted to the Soloist Class.
In his touching speech Erlich revealed the background of his
unique musical connection and deep human friendship with Jaleh and the significance of being united in his homeland Israel.
“I am a French citizen with a mixed background,” Jaleh told Digital Journal
but my story really began in Vienna, the city where I grew up. I studied first at the Viennese Conservatory with Wiener Symphoniker Florian Zwiauer, then in the Masterclass of Professor Michael Frischenschlager at the Music University. There, Nachum Erlich heard me playing for the first time.
Years later in 2006, after graduating cumma sum laude in Vienna, Jaleh perfected her musical education in Erlich’s class at the Music University in Karlsruhe, where he also leads the String Department and the Chamber Orchestra.
2010 turned out to become a very significant year, because Nachum fulfilled his dream and took his Chamber Orchestra on a concert tour through Israel, his birth place, and sold out the Crown Hall in Jerusalem. For me, because of the importance in my life of my partially Jewish background and having a spiritual and musical kinship to Israel, this tour became a life changing experience.
Music being her only life since the age of three, Jaleh became inspired by the achievements of the Israeli pioneers and during her 2010 summer vacation decided to volunteer for two months in Kibbutz Geva, coincidentally, home of internationally acclaimed singing group Givatron.
I might be a worldwide performer and entertainer but I found a home at Kibbutz Geva where I can just be myself. After a concert with other volunteers in the summer, it became clear to me that this would be just the beginning of a long relationship, based on mutual love, acceptance, and generosity.
Talking to Digital Journal, Nachum Erlich described Jaleh as:
An authentic and full-blooded musician with an incredible story of a child who already had a rich performing experience. I wasn’t aware she was going to play ‘Can't help falling in love.’ It makes sense. After the summer, she came back from Israel a changed person.
Jaleh said that the concert evening emphasised that music making is not just the achievement of technical skills and academic degrees, which occurs to be too frequent in our times.
The true aim of music is giving love, connecting souls and giving back to people; as a member of the audience said to me ‘a spiritual experience.’
Below Jaleh's composition of Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem, especially arranged for a concert in the German town Baden-Baden, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Israel, with Erlich's Chamber Orchestra and Ivry Gitlis as a soloist. Jaleh stands on the far left of the stage.