Dates of masterclasses: 4 - 6 September 2021
Boris Kuschnir was born into a music family in Kiev in 1948. He studied violin with Boris Belenky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and chamber music with Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet.
His many encounters with Dmitri Shostakovich (working on his last quartets) and David Oistrakh, with whom he also studied, had a lasting influence on his artistic development. His career started 1969 when he was one of the three winners of the Allunions-Competition in Leningrad where, in the final, he performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov.
He has won numerous prizes at international violin and chamber music competitions (Paris, Belgrade, Sion, Trapani, Bratislava, Florence, Trieste, Gorizia, Hamburg, Vercelli). In 1970 he founded the Moscow String Quartet and remained a member until 1979.
Since 1981 he has been living in Austria. He became an Austrian citizen in 1982 and was the first concertmaster of the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz until 1983. In 1984, he became a Professor at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and also a distinguished Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in 1999.
Dates of masterclasses: 19 - 23 September 2021
Prof. Petrushevski has been teaching in many of the world's most prestigious institutions over the last 25 years. His students have performed as soloist with M. Vengerov, V. Jurowski, C. Jarvi, K. Penderecki, S. Mintz, M. Maisky, G. Guerrero and with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Vilnius State Philharmonic, the Transylvania State Philharmonic, the George Enescu Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio, the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Zurich Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Youth State of Armenia and many others.
Prof. Igor Petrushevski’s students have won international violin competitions including P.I. Tchaikovsky, T. Varga, Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud, N. Paganini, J. Joachim, Sion, B. Britten, Canetti, G. Enescu, H. Wieniawski, Valsesia, A. Khachaturian and many others.
Over the last 25 years Prof. Petrushevski has given masterclasses and played in the major halls of North and South America, South Korea (Korean National University), Japan, China (Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory), and Europe including UK (Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music), Spain (Reina Sophia), Italy, Austria, France, all of the Former Yugoslavia and Russia (the Moscow Conservatory).
Dates of masterclasses: 18 September 2021
Open masterclass (1.5 hours)
The winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize - Queen Mathilde Prize in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, American violinist Stella Chen has been lauded for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance” (The Jerusalem Post) and her “expressive and delicate presentation of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D major ... singing but filled with a strong temperament” (Le Soir). La Libre newspaper also declared that “the art of singing is everywhere” in her playing. Stella has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orquestra Filarmónica de Medellín, London Chamber Orchestra, and Welsh National Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Stella is also the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition. She has given solo performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Other noteworthy ventures include performances in Bhutan, Jordan, Israel, Cuba, and Colombia. She has appeared at festivals including the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, and YellowBarn. Stella has collaborated with such notable artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robert Levin, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Miriam Fried, Matthew Lipman, Federico Cortese, and the Silk Road Ensemble.
Dates of masterclasses: 7 - 8 September 2021
After bright successes at the most precious violin competitions Sergei Dogadin acquired international fame as one of the best violinists of his generation.
In 2019 Sergei was awarded First Prize and Golden Medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Among his other significant victories were such major contents as IX Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover and Singapore International Violin Competition.
Sergei is the grant-holder of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Prize-winner of the Mozart Society in Dortmund (Germany), winner of the award established by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov and winner of the Prize of the President of Russia.
Dates of masterclasses: 7 September 2021
Open masterclass (3 hours)
British violinist Daniel Hope has enjoyed a thriving international solo career for more than 30 years. Celebrated for his musical versatility and dedication to humanitarian causes, he has been recognized with a string of honors including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 2015 European Culture Prize for Music.
Besides undertaking solo recitals, chamber concerts and concerto collaborations with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, Hope directs many ensembles from the violin, succeeding Roger Norrington as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and becoming Music Director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra two years later. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007 with an award-winning discography, he is also a popular radio and television host who may currently be seen in Hope@Home on Tour.
In 2019 he completed his 16th and final season as Associate Artistic Director of Georgia’s Savannah Music Festival as well as becoming Artistic Director of Dresden’s Frauenkirche Cathedral. Since 2020, and, following in the distinguished footsteps of Kurt Masur and Joseph Joachim, Hope launched his tenure as President of the Beethovenhaus Bonn.
Hope first drew notice as the youngest member of the Beaux Arts Trio, giving more than 400 performances with the esteemed ensemble during its final six seasons. Today he is a familiar face at the most prestigious international venues and festivals, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and from Aspen and Tanglewood to Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein and London’s BBC Proms.
Dates of masterclasses: 4 September 2021
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Südwestrundfunk Symphonieorchester (Christoph Eschenbach), Bamberger Symphoniker (Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), Münchner Philharmoniker (James Gaffigan), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Juraj Valčuha), Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev) and Orchestre de Paris (Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Sergey’s recent appearances in the US include with the Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot), Cleveland Orchestra (Jakub Hrůša) and National Symphony Orchestra Washington (Vasily Petrenko). He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony as well as the Ravinia, Aspen, Blossom and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
Dates of masterclasses: 14 - 18 September 2021
Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky, gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. Among other prizes he won the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
For the last 30 years he has been a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio.
His artistic partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Patrick Gallois, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze, Christian Zimmermann and Anthony Pay. He inaugurated the Russian Academy of Higher Learning in Portogruaro and was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.
He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD-Competition in Munich, Sendai (Japan), Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc.).
Dates of masterclasses: 14 - 18 September 2021
Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow in 1981. She started to play violin at the age of 5 in a class of Honoured Artist of Russia Ludmila Egorova.
At the age of 10 she won the first prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition. Hereafter she won different prizes at numerous state and international competitions.
In 2005 Svetlana graduated the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 2008 finished her postgraduated studies with professor M. Glezarova.
Svetlana actively plays and gives concerts as a soloist and as a part of different chamber ensembles.
She also made several CD recordings (with pieces of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Shubert, Schönberg) as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles.
Since 2003 Svetlana is a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and from 2006 - of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, where she collaborate with such a great musicians as J. Levine, V. Gergiev, M. T. Thomas, Y. Bashmet, D. Sitkovetsky, M. Vengerov, Y. Temirkanov etc.
She takes part in different Festivals such as Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Music Festival (Japan), Musical Spring (Moldova), Musical Festival in LA (USA), Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Festival "Paganiniana" (Italy) etc.
In 2005-2008 she was teaching at famous Gnessin's Music College in Moscow.
Dates of masterclasses: 5 - 6 September 2021
Violinist Haik Kazazyan has performed with such orchestras as Orchestra of The Mariinsky Theater, Orchestre National de France, Scottish Royal National Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yu. Simonov, Moscow Symphony Orchestra named after E. Svetlanov, Prague Philharmonic orchestra, Dublin National Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber orchestra, Moscow chamber orchestra ‘Musica Viva’, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
The musicians Haik worked with as a soloist and chamber musician are conductors Valery Gergiev, Teodor Currentzis, Andrew Litton, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Liebreich, Alexander Lazarev, Constantine Orbelian, Jonathan Darlington, Ricardo Averbach, Alan Buribayev, Jac van Steen, David Brophy, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Polianichko, pianists Denis Matsuev, Freddy Kempf, Eliso Virsaladze, Aleksey Lubimov, Alex Kobrin, violinists Pavel Vernikov, Gordan Nikolitch, cellists Natalia Gutman, Alexander Rudin and many other great musicians of our generation.
Dates of masterclasses: 8 - 13 September 2021, 14 - 16 September 2021
Graf Mourja is generally recognized as one of most talented and distinctive Hungarian-Russian violinists of his generation. He began studying music at the age of three under the supervision of his father. Then for two years, his teacher has been a professor at the Ural State Conservatory, Wolf Usminsky (Sverdlovsk). In 1982, Graf Mourja entered the Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow, the class of Prof. Irina Bochkova. Even in school, at age of 16, he became the laureate and winner of two famous international competitions: Niccolò Paganini in Genoa (1990) and Vianna da Motta in Lisbon (1991), where he was also awarded a special prize for Chaconne Bartók. Graf Mourja graduated from Moscow Conservatory in 1997, and did his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professor I. Bochkova in 1999. He was awarded the scholarship of the President Yeltsin, for his outstanding results in his studies. At the same time he finished his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Mateja Marincovich; he won the Hattory prize in London for outstanding achievements in his studying.