‘I’ve been performing since I was 11. I’ve seen many countries, but I’ve decided to make Israel my home,” says Russian-born virtuoso violinist Marianna Vasileva, 28, who is counted among the leading musicians of her generation. “I first came to Israel at the age of 16 and immediately fell in love with the country. People are warm and open, and I feel secure and protected here,” she adds. Vasileva recently immigrated to Israel and obtained Israeli citizenship.