Tuesday, May 31 at 4:00 pm 
in the backyard of the Art Center
Admission fee: donation of any amount

Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing us at info@falmouthart.org or calling 508-540-3304 .


Enjoy an  outdoor concert by wonderfully talented 21-year-old professional violinist, Ilana Zaks, who has been called “fearless, refreshing and commanding.” She will perform a one-hour concert for us in the Art Center’s backyard on May 31 at 4:00pm. We will set out chairs on the lawn. Admission is by donation of any amount.

Attendees can also bring lawn chairs for extra seating if they prefer Overflow parking, if needed, is at the Lawrence School nearby off Dillingham.

About Ilana Zaks:

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. 

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 June of 2014 Ilana was the featured performer on the National Public Radio Program “From the Top”. In the Fall of 2020, was a featured performer of Celebrity Series’ Concert for One, as well as a Concert Artists Guild Competition Semi-finalist. As the winner of the 2020 BMOP Competition, she’ll perform with the orchestra as a part of the Joseph Schwantner portrait concert with BMOP. (This performance was postponed) 

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. The project, “The Persistence of Memory“, was awarded an EM grant from the New England Conservatory and was self released to great acclaim. The visual album feature length film, of the same title, got distributed on Amazon Prime US and UK in July 2020. 

Ilana is an avid experimenter and entrepreneur, and has participated in Celebrity Series’ Concert for One in September 2019. She regularly performs in hospitals, retirement communities, and schools, with multi-disciplinary collaboration presentations to engage a larger audience. Her 3 hour self-produced Junior Recital at NEC was a great success and included two premieres by Boston composers. 

She graduated from New England Conservatory where she studied with Donald Weilerstein for the past 12 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 pursued a liberal arts minor in multidisciplinary collaboration. In Spring 2020, 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 and Fen Rotstein. This performance will be followed by the documentary film (which she co-directed) screening the process of the project coming together, with personally conducted interviews and other footage with Jennifer Higdon, Cheryl Lawson, Itzhak and Toby Perlman, Marin Alsop, Twyla Tharp, Hilary Hahn, BSO’s Cathy Basrak and Rachel Childers, Kim Kashkashian, Merry Peckham, Judy Braha, and members of the production team. 

Ilana is now pursuing her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, where she is also a CCAM fellow, directing her third film, “The Intermedial Performer “ premiering May 10, 2021.