Vienna Classic Strings - International Violin, Viola and Cello Competition and Festival

Pavel Berman Italy

Pavel Berman attracted international attention when he won the First Prize and Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1990. Pavel Berman was born in Moscow where he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 1992 he moved on to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York and with Isaac Stern. Berman has appeared as a soloist and/or conductor with such orchestras as Italian Virtuosi, Moscow Virtuosi, Mantua Chamber Orchestra, Haydn and Bolzano Orchestra, Toscanini Symphony of Parma, Verona Symphony Orchestra, Genoa Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra RAI of Turin, La Fenice Orchestra of Venice, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, Lisboa Theatre, Wurtembergische Philharmonie Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berliner Symphoniker, Vilnius Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Beijing Philharmonic, etc.

Yair Kless Israel

Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at an early age. He graduated from Tel-Aviv music Academy under the tutelage of Israel Amidan, moved to Brussels to study with Andre Gertler at the Royal Conservatory and Chapelle-Musicale Reine Elizabeth. Professor Kless is active as a soloist and chamber music player. His vast repertoire includes music from all periods. During his career, he was the first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, Israeli Baroque Ensemble, Tel-Aviv piano quartet, USA based "New Art " trio and "Modus" Trio. He collaborates with his son Eyal in the duo violin repertoire.

Sung-Ju Lee Korea

A violinist of dazzling technique and rare sensibility, Sung-Ju Lee has captivated audiences around the world with her "imaginative playing and luminous sound"(Koëlner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne), her "impeccable technique"(II Gazzentina, Venice), and her "taste for the dramatic and unflagging sense of authority"(Los Angeles Times). Ms. Lee launched her New York career with debut recital presented by Young Concert Artists series in 1977 and was immediately recognized as "afirst-rateviolinist" by The New York Times. Her list of prizes includes the Ewha-Kyunghyang Concour of Korea at age of 11 and the NewYork Wieniawski, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Queen Elisabeth International Competitions.

Aiman Mussakhajayeva Kazakhstan

Aiman Mussakhajayeva was born in 1958. In 1965 -1976 she studied at Baysseitova Republican Music School. In 1976 entered Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, in 1978 was transferred to Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory to the class of Professor Valeriy Klimov, People's Artist of the Russian Federation. In 1983 after graduating from the conservatory she enrolled in graduate school, in 1986 she successfully graduated from it.

Igor Petrushevski United Kingdom

Prof. Igor Petrushevski Is one of the most successful violin teachers in Europe. His students are winners of many international violin competitions including T. Varga, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud, N.Paganini, J.Joachim, Sion, B.Britten, Canetti, G.Enescu, Valsesia, and A.Khachaturian. Prof. Petrushevski’s students have performed solo with Maxim Vengerov, Vladimir Jurowski, Christian Jarvi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Schlomo Mintz, Misha Maisky, Giancarlo Guerrero and with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, 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 Orchestra of Armenia.

Maria Solozobova Switzerland

Maria Solozobova is one of the most promising violinists of her generation. She has won several prestigious international music competitions, for instance, the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (first prize and special audience price 2000), the W. A. Mozart Competition in Zurich (first prize 2005), the Tibor Varga Competition and the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize. Maria is a frequent guest, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, at the most prestigious festivals in the world. She has performed with many leading orchestras including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Wuerttembergische Philharmonie, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zürich, Festival Strings Lucerne, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow chamber orchestra "The Seasons" and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow.

Valery Vorona Russia

The Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation, Rector of State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Professor of the Moscow Conservatory, the President of Regional Public Foundation «Russian Performing Art», the soloist of Moscow Philharmonic Society, the Artistic Director of the Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra, Member of the Council for culture under the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.