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Ella Bukszpan, born in Jerusalem in 1997, began studying the violin at age 7 with  Emma Elishov at the Givatayim conservatory of music. At age 14 she switched to  viola and studied with Delia Yaakov at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv and then with Tali Kravitz at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Ella currently studies with Ms. Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music in New  York City where she is pursuing her B.M degree. Ella participated music programs such as Perlman Music Program, Young Artists  Program in Canada directed by Pinchas Zukerman, Keshet Eilon Summer Program,  The Aspen Music Festival, Musethica, Astona Summer Music Academy in  Switzerland, Polyphony Seminars and has taken part in masterclasses with  musicians such as Miriam Fried, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Roger Tapping, Kim Kashkashian,  Tatjana Masurenko, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, Amihai Grosz,  Grigory Kalinovsky, Masao Kawasaki, Kirsten Docter, Molly Carr and other distinguished artists. 

She is a Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts graduate and has performed solo  with the school’s symphony orchestra. She participated in the David Goldman  Chamber Music Program for Outstanding Musicians at the Jerusalem Music Center and was a member of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She has  served in the Israeli Defense Force as an Outstanding musician, as part of national  mandatory military service.  

In 2010, she received the Havah Stern excellence scholarship and has been a  scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 2013. Since  2019, Ella has been supported by the Ronen-Foundation and Zefunot Culture  Foundation. In 2021 Ella won second prize at the Ruth Widder chamber music  Competition at Manhattan School of Music. 

Ella plays on a viola made by Joannes Franciscus Pressenda in 1833 generously  loaned to her by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.