1st Prize € 18.000,- donated by Oesterreichische Nationalbank
ARIEL QUARTET (Israel)
The Ariel Quartet was founded four years ago and has been coached since then by violinist Avi Abramovich, leading teacher in Israel and the present head of the String Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at the Conservatory adjacent to the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. All members of the Quartet are Israeli and 2nd year students of the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. The Quartet operates under the auspices of the Young Musicians’ Group of the Jerusalem Music Centre and has appeared in major halls in Israel and in the Daniel Days Festival in Holland in 1999. In December 1999 they participated in a workshop coached by Michael Tree. Likewise, in February 2000 they made their debut in a concert which took place in the Jerusalem Music Centre, broadcast live on Israeli Radio (The Voice of Music). In summer 2000 and 2001 they participated in the Amadeus Summer Course in London on full scholarships. In April 2002 they performed a recital at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. The name of the Quartet is a synonym for Jerusalem.
Sasha KAZOVSKY, Violin
Born in Moscow in 1984. Started studying the violin at the age of six with Victor Legoushin in Moscow. Two years later, in 1992, she emigrated with her family to Israel and since then has been studying with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory. She is a recipient of the Veron Foundation’s (including additional special prizes) and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships since her arrival in Israel. Played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yad Harif Chamber Orchestra, and has participated in many masterclasses. She won 2nd prize at the “Kol Hamusica” (Israel Broadcasting Authority) Young Artists Competition 2002.
Gershon GERCHIKOV, Violin
Born in Israel in 1984. Started studying the violin with Daniel Fradkin, then for a short period studied with the late Professor Gershovitz and currently is studying with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory. He has received scholarships from the Veron Foundation (including additional special prizes ) and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1997. Has performed with several orchestras in Israel, and participated in many master-classes. He won a prize in the competition composition for violin in Russia in September 2001.
Sergey TARASHCHANSKY, Viola
Born in the Ukraine in 1985. Started studying the violin at the age of six with Michael Frizker in Dneiipopetrovsk. He took part in the school’s violinists’ ensemble, which travelled to Slovakia. In 1996 he won the 1st prize in a local competition. He then emigrated to Israel and started studying with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory. In 1998 he began playing the viola with Simon Basovsky (Ludmila Feldman’s father). Sergey has been a recipient of the Veron Foundation’s scholarship since 1996 and has participated in many master-classes with Tabea Zimermann and others.
Amit EVEN-TOV, Violoncello
Born in Israel in 1984. Started studying the cello at the age of six with Sabina Frankenberg. Then she continued with Uzi Weizel and currently she is studying with Hillel Zori. She has been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s scholarships since 1997 and of the Veron Foundation awards and grants since 1993 (including additional special prizes). Amit studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy High School and has played in several chamber ensembles. She has taken part in many courses and master classes in Israel and throughout the world. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Stage Orchestra. She participated in “Kol Hamusica” (Israel Broadcasting Authority) Young Artist Competition in 2000 for which was awarded honours and was selected to play the final concert in the Jerusalem Theater. She won 1st prize at the Paul Ben-Haim Competition in 2001. Last year she performed throughout Israel as a soloist with the Israel Stage Orchestra. In 2002 she won the 2nd prize at the “Kol Hamusica” Young Artists Competition.
3rd Round, Kammermusiksaal/Grazer Congress
Franz Schubert: Streichquartett c-Moll D 703 „Quartettsatz“