About Us - Polyphony
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“Let us begin by creating positive shared musical experiences for Arab and Jewish youth. And let us discover what we can build together.”

– Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Co-founder of Polyphony

About Us


These powerful words of hope give insight into what drives us at Polyphony. What began in 2006 as the first-ever classical music Conservatory in the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth has grown over the last ten years into a unique community across Israel.


Here, young people growing up in an increasingly polarized environment come together to participate in the shared joy of music-making. Through music, students at Polyphony are given the chance to transcend limiting narratives about ‘the other’ and see the world beyond the boundaries of race, religion and cultural heritage. As of today, our world-class programs have reached over 25,000 children across Israel, developing musicians, attracting world-renowned artists and, most importantly, forging new friendships across dividing lines. In this way, we are empowering the next generation in Israel to imagine and create a more hopeful future.




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