Prof. Petru Munteanu received his professional training in Bucharest from Prof. G. Manoliu (pupil of Enescu) and participated in masterclasses with J. Jankelevitsch (Moscow) and M. Weimann (St. Petersburg). After a period as a professor at the Bucharest Conservatoire and director of the Special School of Music in Bucharest he has been teaching since 1970 at the conservatoires in Lübeck and in Hamburg. In 1994 Prof. Munteanu was offered a professorship at the University for Music and Theater in Rostock. He became well-known in and outside Germany by concerts, master classes and his numerous publications and speeches. He gave masterclasses all over the world: in Russia (Moscow, St.Petersburg), Ukraine (Kiev, Charkow), China (Shanghai), USA (Brunswick), Spain (Madrid), Poland, Romania, CS (Praha), Switzerland (Bern), Frankreich (Paris, Montpellier). Prof. Munteanu is the artistic director of the international Leopold-Mozart-Competition (Augsburg) and the artistic director of the international competition and the masterclasses for strings in Kloster Schöntal (Baden-Württemberg). His students are members of the best German Orchestras (Philharmonics Berlin, Hamburg, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Philarmoniker etc.) and lots of them have been awarded 1. Prizes at national and international music competitions (also Bruxelles 2001). He also works as a member of the jury at great international music competitions e. g. „Jampolsky“ (Rusia), „Kocian“ „Concertino Praga“ (Tschech Republik), „Wieniawski“ (Polen), „Bach“ (Leipzig), „Enescu“ (Bukarest), „Tchaikowsky“ (Moskau), „Premio Paganini“ (Genua), “Premio Lipizer” (Gorizia), “Königin Elisabeth” (Brüssel), “Szigeti-Hubay”-Budapest, “Vibrarte” (Paris). The German section of ESTA (European String Teachers Association) has chosen him for the years 2000-2004 as a president. He has been honored for his achievements as a “honorary professor” in University of Brasov and was awarded the highest medal of the Republic of Lithuania.
Jassen Todorov has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent violinists of his generation. Dubbed “an outstanding violinist… a player to watch” by the British music journal The Strad, Mr. Todorov has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, South American and North America, including recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Melba Hall in Melbourne.
With a repertoire including works from all styles and epochs, Mr. Todorov has recorded the complete sonatas of Bach, Brahms and Ysaye, as well as Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 10. The Strad described him as “a violinist of rare technical ability…he brings musicality to his performances…his left hand is able to deliver Ysaye’s demands in the many mercurial passages with commendable accuracy” and the American Record Guide portrayed it as “high praise…an important release for admirers of Ysaye’s music.”
A top prize winner of national and international competitions, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Harid Conservatory, Florida, and his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the teaching assistant to Professor Oleh Krysa at the Eastman School and held a violin position at the University of Rochester. Mr. Todorov is the recipient of prestigious awards including the Eastman award for excellence in teaching and the Crystal Lyre for achievements in music. Currently, Mr. Todorov is a Professor of Violin at San Francisco State University and Visiting Professor of Violin at Xinjiang Arts University, China.
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Mr. Todorov plays a 1778 Tomaso Eberle violin.
Yulia Berinskaya was born into an artistic and musicalenvironment; her precocius talent was discovered at early age by her father Sergey Berinsky, among the greatest composers of the 20th century in Mokow, and he encouraged her to study violin.
Her training and her extraordinary musical potential were encouraged and cultivated by internationally renowned artists such as E. Tchugaeva and V. Tretiakov, the Borodin Quartet, the Moskov Trio, who guided Yulia to graduate with honors from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
She then continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna under the tuition of D. Schwarzberg.
Aerwards Yulia began a brillant career as a solist, chamber musican and teacher, acclaimed in Italy and abroad: Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Germany, the former Yugoslavia, USA, Israel, Russia.
Her recitals represent her quality as a versatile artist, and her virtuosity accompanies many diverse styles. She has hade prestigious collaborations with several oechestras: Verdi Oechestra in Milan, The Milan Conservatory Orchestra, Moskow Amadeus Orchestra, Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Orchestra and I Musici di Parma ensemble.
Being a passionate chamber musician, she has being invited to some of the major Italian and European festivals, performing alongside artists including: S. Krilov, Y Bashmet, D. Cohen, V. Mendelssohn, F. Lips.
Yulia regulary gives masterclasses in Mendrisio (Switzerland), Timisoara (Romania), Rhodes (Greece), Mulin de Andee (France), Portogruaro (Italy), Venece (Italy); she ha salso founded her own violin course at the Milano Music Masterschool academy and is regularly a jury member in international violin competition.
Yulia has performed as a guest leader with the following orchestras: Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, Orchestra Earl (Austria), Teatro La Fenice in Venice, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Liubljana.
She records for the record labels: Koch Records (Germany) and Gramsapis ArtClassic (Russia), Sonart Studio, Playing News, ClassicaViva, LimenMusic (Italy). Yulia recorded the CDs Red Violin, Violin in Blue, Violin in White and Violin in Bach, and with Limen Records she has released a double CD and a live DVD box set: Bear in the Sky – Unconditional Music. Her recordings are regularly brodcasted by Radio Vaticana, Radio Classica, Radio della Svizzera Italiana.
Yulia Plays a violin by Giovanni Batista Guadagnini dated 1745.
Tymur Melnyk (Austria/Ukraine) is regularly performing as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe, Canada, Japan, Russia and China, with several appearances on the Austrian, Serbian, Italian, Swiss and Russian Radio and Television. He is a Prize-Winner of numerous Competitions, among others the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna, Johannes Brahms International Music Competition in Austria, Osaka International Music Competition in Japan (winner among 800 contestants). He currently works as violin professor at Franz Schubert Conservatory for Music in Vienna and at China-ASEAN Art College of the Chengdu University, China. Despite his young age, he has gathered many years of teaching experience at Prayner Conservatory of Music and dramatic Arts and as Assistant of Prof. P. Vernikov at the Lausanne Music Conservatory Sion in Switzerland and at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy. Tymur Melnyk is also regularly giving numerous international master classes in Italy, China, Russia, Serbia and Switzerland. His debut-CD “Tymur” was published by Label “Querstand”, Germany and was consequentially followed by “Reflections” and “Souvenirs” albums on the Label “Vienna Music Records”. Tymur Melnyk started to play violin at the age of 6 with Prof. H.Melnyk as his teacher, graduated with a Master degree cum laude from the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Prof. M.Frischenschlager and was awarded a honorary prize from the Austrian Ministry of Culture as an exemplary musician. He gathered additional artistic impulses from Maestro V.Spivakov , Prof. Z.Bron, Maestro H Beyerle, Prof. E.Chougaeva. Tymur Melnyk is the founding member of the CIMA – Central International Music Academy in Vienna and the CIMA Chamber Orchestra in Shenzhen, China and is a member of ESTA – European String Teachers Association. In the year 2008 Tymur Melnyk received the Austrian citizenship due to his extraordinary artistic activities. Tymur Melnyk is currently playing on a precious, antique Italian violin by Camilo Camilli, Mantua, from the year 1736, on honorary loan to him by the Austrian National Bank.
Ljubisha Kirovski was born in 1971. He completed his musical education at the Academy of Music Art, University of Skopje; where he obtained his BA and MA degrees with the highest marks and special merit CUM LAUDE under professor Z. Dimitrovski. Kirovski has performed in Macedonia and on stages Sarajevo, Budapest,Germany Croatia , Turkey like a soloist ,chamber musican’s and concert master. He is a soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra performing Paganini concerto No 1 and No 2, Chaturian concerto in Skopje, Sarajevo; and Sofija. He is a soloist with Simphony Orchestra at the Faculty of Music performing Wieniawski Conce rto No 1, and a soloist with Saint Petersburg Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart Concerto in A- major. He was a soloist with Macedonian Philharmony Chamber Orchestra on a concert tour in Sweden (june 2006), performing Mendelssohn – Concerto in d-minor. He played all six sonata’s of E.Isay e in the one concert. From 1993 he played with his wife–pijano in chamber duo. With duo he has had manu concert in Macedonia and abroad-Croatia, Serbia and Montenagro Italy, Switzerland Bulgaria North of Cyprus etc. In 1997 specialized solo and chamber music at the Europian Mozart academy in Warsaw, with following professor’s G. Zhislin G.Takacs, I. Rohman .. He won a special prizePREMIO SPECIALE INIZIATIVA CENTRO EUROPEA at the International competition for Chamber Music TRIO DI TRIESTE, held in Trieste in 1998.[duo].He held master class for sonatas for violin and piano in Laussane, with professors P. Amoyal and P. Gililov .He recorded his first CD in live at the OHRID SUMMER FESTIVAL in 1999, and the second CD from life concert in Skopje in 2005 .In 2004 he won the prize [duo] for the best concert in 2003 GOLDEN LIRA from the Association of Music Artist’s of Macedonia.In 2004 he won the prize VIRTUOZI for the best chamber ansambl in 2013 . In 2014 the prize GEORGI BOZIKOV for the best performance of pices from Macedonian composerIn his repertoire are more than 50 sonatas for violin and piano, and the most important violin concert’s.Kirovski was a concert master at the Macedonian National Opera, and Macedonnian Philharmonic Orchestra.Now he is a profesor at the Music Academy in Skopje and leader of the Macedonian String Quartet GAJDOV From 2011 Kirovski is the president of associations of Music artist in Macedonia From 2005 on his concert he play viola.