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Felix Andrievsky - was born in the USSR. After only one year of taking violin lessons he took part in the Republic's music competition and won the first prize. He graduated from Moscow Central Music School for gifted children, Gnessin Music Institute and Aspiranture (Doctorat) under the supervision of Abram Yampolsky and Yuri Yankelevich. He led an active professional life in what can be described as the most productive period of the new musical Russia. During Menuhin's visit to Moscow he heard Andrievsky's pupils; this was followed by an invitation to teach at his newly opened Music School in England and long-term fruitful contact. Of Felix Andrievsky, Lord Menuhin wrote that ‘he has brought us invaluable method, what one might call ‘know how’. It is as if one of Russia's finest nuclear physicists suddenly defected and brought us a whole load of valuable information!’ Felix Andrievsky's present musical activity is concentrated entirely on teaching; he has worked in the Jerusalem Music Academy, in the Music Academy of Tel Aviv University, as professor and Director of Studies in the International Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland; member of the jury in several international competitions, director and leading professor in summer courses in England, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Australia etc. and in masterclasses in many music institutions. Currently he is Professor and Principal Lecturer at the Royal College of Music, London. Many of his pupils have become winners of international competitions and soloists and critically-acclaimed musicians worldwide.


Qian Zhou recognized internationally as a violinist, recording artist and teacher of the first rank. Born in Hangzhou, China, she attended the Shanghai Conservatory, winning 1st prize in the 1984 China National Competition. Completing her studies with Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory, she won the Grand Prize and all five major prizes in the 1987 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, Paris. Qian Zhou is a frequent recitalist and soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Beijing Philharmonic, Baltimore, BBC, Bournemouth, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Japan, National Orchestra France, Radio France, Rome, Russian Philharmonic, Singapore, Shanghai, Spanish National, Vienna Chamber, and Taipei symphony orchestras. Recitals include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo��s Suntory Hall, and Vienna Concert Hall. Appointed founding Head of Strings at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, in 2003, Qian Zhou has overseen her students�� international success in Europe, Asia, America and Australasia. Much in demand for her masterclasses, she combines talents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician with her passion for teaching. Qian Zhou plays a 1757 J.B. Guadagnini generously loaned by Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei Mei.


Itzhak Rashkovsky - internationally renowned Russian-Israeli violinist and pedagogue. Was awarded a Master's Degree by the Samuel Rubin Israeli Academy of Music, Tel Aviv, where he studied with Professor Yair Kless. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber music player in many countries. As Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, London, Itzhak Rashkovsky has come to be one of the leading and most sought-after teachers in the UK. His students, who come from all over the world to study with him, have been winners of many national and international competitions. He has given mastercalsses worldwide and has been juror of numerous international competitions, notably Vice chairman of the jury of the 12th Henryk Wieniawski, Poland and Sion Valais, Switzerland, Hannover, Germany, Lipizer, Italy and Yampolsky, Russia International Violin Competitions. One of the founders and Music Director of Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse, Israel, an international summer programme for exceptionally talented young violinists, located in Kibbutz Eilon, as well as Artistic Director of the London Music Masters. His articles and editions of violin pieces were published by “The Strad” magazine. In 1998, in recognition of his outstanding services to music, Itzhak Rashkovsky was awarded by The Prince of Wales a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music. He plays the 1831 J.F. Pressenda violin through the generous loan from the Elderberry Foundation.


Ani Schnarch - Romanian- Israeli- British violinist, winner of the prestigious Francois Shapira, Israel and Mozart Memorial Prizes, England, is internationally regarded as one of the most exciting and versatile violinists of her generation. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ani started performing at the age of seven. In 1974 she moved to Israel and continued her studies with Felix Andrievsky at the Samuel Rubin Music Academy, Tel Aviv University, with whom she also studied later at the Royal College of Music, London. Among Ani Schnarch's recital performances have been a highly acclaimed programme of Bartok and Ysaye at the Purcell Room and her Wigmore Hall debut in 1989, where she was invited to return numerous times. Ani has broadcast for radio and television and on the web in Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Romania, the US and on BBC3 including a unique series of all Bartok's works for violin and piano. In concerto, Ani has appeared with major orchestras such as Israeli Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Jerusalem Chamber, Haifa Symphony, Israel Simfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Malaga Symphony, Seville Symphony, Cameratta Strumentale di Milan, London Bach, Covent Garden Chamber, Moscovia Chamber, etc. at the main venues in England, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Romania, Spain, the USA and Russia. She has played at the Bath, Bergen, Bowdoin, Lake District, Moscow and Windsor Festivals, to mention but a few. In addition to her busy concert schedule, Ani is in great demand as a professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London, gives Masterclasses in Europe, USA, Canada and Israel, and has been a Juror of numerous International Violin Competitions. She is one of the founders and faculty member of the Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse, Israel.


Irina Andrievsky - was born Upha, Russia. She received her first piano lessons at the age of seven, winning first prize in the Ufa piano competition at the age of 10. At the age of 11 she went to Moscow to study at the Central Music School for Specially Gifted Children, a branch of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she would later graduate with distinction and receive her doctorate. Among her teachers were Professors E. Malinin, L. Timofeeva and M. Mijlumoff. She was among the winners of International Piano Competitions in Italy. In 1991 Irina immigrated to Israel and continued her music career, mainly performing solo recitals and chamber music. She performed in the "Radio France and Montpellier" Festival in France, as well as other prestigious Chamber Music Festivals worldwide. For the past 14 years Andrievsky has developed an impressive career as a piano teacher in Israel, raising a generation of promising young pianists, until she moved to England. Since then, she participated in Mastercourses and Festivals in France, UK, Russia and Israel, and gave solo and duo recitals with different instrumentalists; she possesses a very broad duo and accompaniment repertoire for violin, viola and cello. At present Irina is actively associated with Royal College of Music in London, UK.

Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012. Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Kumi studied piano with Jyoko Gondo, Mikhail Voskresensky, John Blakely and Ashley Wass and chamber music with Jan Repko. In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski the Queen Elisabeth Hall and in 2012 she also performed Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin Andr��� at the Royal College of Music.

Evgenia Lakernik - Pianist Eugenia Lakernik, born in the former USSR, graduated from the Gnesin Music Academy, Moscow, where she studied with Alexander Yoxeles and Lina Bulatova. She was an accompanist at the Gnesin Academy during 1980-95. Immigrating to Israel in 1995, she is an accompanist at the Tel Aviv Conservatory and a teacher at the Nes-Ziona Conservatory and at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. She took part in the 2013 New Virtuosi summer course, Italy. She is a Keshet Eilon faculty member.

Edward Liddall, is currently studying at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama on a scholarship under the tutelage of Caroline Palmer. He previously studied with Thalia Myers both at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, and then as an undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge. Edward has performed at venues across the UK both as a solo pianist, and as a chamber musician, including at The Barbican, The Wathen Hall and at Milton Court. He has also extensive experience as a song accompanist - recent projects include playing for Iain Burnside's Poet's Echoes concert at Guildhall, and working as a staff accompanist at The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers. He has a keen interest in new music, and has recorded several works from the ABRSM volume, Spectrum for Piano Duet, with Thalia Myers. Edward has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses with artists such as Ferenc Rados, Susan Tomes, Ronan O'Hora, Joan Havill, Levon Chilingirian, Della Jones and Ryland Davies. He is grateful to both The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers, and The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers for supporting his studies at Guildhall.

Luis Parés - Venezuelan/Italian pianist enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician having performed in numerous countries across Europe, Asia, North and South America. He has appeared at the most prestigious British venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Bridgewater Hall among many others. He has appeared with distinguished orchestras in Europe and South America and made live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, RAI, Kol HaMusika Israel and Spanish radio. Luis started his piano studies with Juan Antúnez and Igor Lavrov and later studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Andrew Ball and also held the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the RCM. He was a prize-winner at many national and international piano competitions, including First Prize at the XI Ricard Vines International Piano Competition (Lerida, Spain) and Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Competition, duo sonatas category, in Barcelona. He was one of the winners of the 2006 Making Music Young Concert Artists Awards and he was a YCAT finalist in 2007. Luis performs a wide range of concertos and solo works and is a keen chamber musician, with a particular interest in the string and piano repertoire. A sought-after teacher and adjudicator, he is Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College in London, Executive Director of New Virtuosi International Violin Mastercourses and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Supervised practice

Shiry Rashkovsky - began playing the violin aged 5 under the guidance of her father, Itzhak Rashkovsky. Previously a student of Natasha Boyarska, Shiry is now undertaking her Masters with Ian Jewel at the RCM, where she is a member of the Amaryllis Fleming Quartet. Her performances have taken her across the globe and have included chamber collaborations with Vadim Gluzman, Ani Schnarch, Shlomo Mintz and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She has participated in master classes with Gyorgy Pauk, Atar Arad, Kim Kashkashian and Ida Haendel, at festivals such as the Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions. Shiry recently completed a BA in Social and Political Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where she was concertmaster of the St Catharine’s College Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra ‘CUSO’, Principal Violist of the university orchestra ‘CUMS I’, and laureate of the University Concerto Competition. She is kindly supported by the MMSF, the Countess of Munster Trust, and the St Catharine’s Alumni Association.

Special guests

Eleanor Hope Eleanor Hope was born and raised in South Africa. After completing her studies (languages and business management) she worked in advertising, marketing and public relations. In 1975 she became the personal assistant to Yehudi Menuhin, and soon afterwards took over his general management. In 1980 he entrusted the artistic administration of his festival in Gstaad, Switzerland to her, and she retained this post until he retired as artistic director in 1996. Between 1981 and 1992 she was managing director of the London agency, Anglo Swiss Artists, which represented over 100 artists and orchestras, and which was active in the fields of concert promotion, event management and international orchestral touring. From 1992 to 1994 she was the artistic director of the Bath Mozartfest in England. She was on the advisory board of the festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Vilnius, Lithuania, and on the sudden death of Lord Menuhin in 1999 she became chairman of the Yehudi Menuhin Memorial Trust. The same year she was asked to take over the artistic direction of the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad for three years. She has wide experience in the organisation of gala concerts and special events in Vienna, where she now lives, and in other European centres. She is in demand as a lecturer on career management in the arts, and a regular juror of the annual International Johannes Brahms Competition. She has also been a judge in the finals of Gradus Ad Parnassum, the Austrian inter-university music competition, and the Zhuhai International Mozart Violin Competition. Eleanor Hope is the general manager of violinists Vadim Repin and Jan Mrácek and the conductors James Judd and Sascha Goetzel.

Benno Schollum Austrian baritone Benno Schollum studied at the University of Music in Vienna where he also teaches. He is the co-author of the highly successful book German for Singers (Schirmer, New York) which has become the standard work of its kind in North America and many European and Asian conservatories, and is regularly invited as guest professor to give master classes at the Franz Schubert Institute, London's Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, the Helsinki Sibelius Academy and the University of Southern Mississippi. His repertoire extends from the great oratorios to opera, operetta, musicals, lieder, chansons and Viennese music. He has performed around the globe with, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, the Spanish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the Spanish National Orchestra, the RSO Madrid, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Adam Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamas Vasary, Vladimir Fedoseyev, James Judd, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Jacek Kaspszyk and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Benno Schollum played the role of Kuno in the film production of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischutz (www.huntersbride.com) with the London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding, featuring Juliane Banse, Olaf Bár, Franz Grundheber and René Pape.


Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After studying at the prestigious violin-making school at Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons for several years, becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own 12-strong team of restorers in his London workshop. Informed by over 30 years of research, Florian's bench copy instruments are well sought-after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is now widely recognized as the world's leading authenticator, dealership and restoration workshop for fine stringed instruments, with a recently opened office in New York. Among the artists that he advises are Maxim Vengerov, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Hope, Natalie Klein, Alina Ibragimova and Julian Lloyd-Webber. Described by The TELEGRAPH as 'The world's leading expert' in fine violins, Florian's philosophy is shown in his obvious passion for fine instruments and the music that they help to create. He extends the same care to young, talented and promising musicians, nurturing their careers with as much attention as he has for their instruments, by sponsoring competitions, concert series and artists, and regularly lending instruments from his own collection. A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his book, The Makers of Central Italy, Florian is currently conducting research on the Tuscan makers for a book due to be published in the second half of 2015. This year Florian is President of the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona and he is regularly called upon as a Jury member for violin competitions. Florian also sits on the board of the Menuhin competition and the Philharmonia Orchestra Trust.

Cellist in residence

Ben Shibolet born in Israel in 1989, studied the cello with Prof. Emanuel Gruber, Prof. Shmuel Magen at the Thelma-Yellin High School for the Arts and with Prof.Hillel Zori at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, completing a Bachelor of Music degree. He then continued his studies with Prof. Raphael Wallfisch and Prof. Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, completing a Master of Music degree, supported by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Trust. As a chamber musician, Ben has performed as a member of the Gertler Quartet - the representative quartet of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in tours in Lisbon, New-York and Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Milgram piano trio based in London. Ben has also performed with different chamber music groups around the UK. Ben has performed in major concert halls around the world as the Mann auditorium, Felicia Blumental, Tzavta and the Opera house in Tel Aviv, Barbican, Cadogan, St. James's Piccadilly, Royal Festival Hall and National Gallery in London, Carnegie Hall in New-York, Sala Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, The Arario Museum in Jeju Island (S.Korea) and the Tonhalle in Zurich. Ben is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships. He plays a 1830 Pommat cello on loan by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

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