2nd Prize € 13.000,- donated by Landeshauptmann von Steiermark
Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work by Franz Schubert for “Das Tod und das Mädchen” € 4.500,- donated by Vier steirische Universitäten
AVIV QUARTET (Israel/Canada)
The Aviv Quartet was founded in 1997. Working in Israel with Haim Taub and Irena Svetlova, the quartet won second prize in the string quartet section at the Prague Spring Competition in May 1998. In April 1999, the Aviv Quartet was awarded the “Amadeus Quartet Prize” at the International (Charles Hennen) Chamber Music Competition in Heerlen, Holland and participated in an “Encounters” chamber music course in Cologne led by maestro Isaac Stern. In July 1999, the Aviv Quartet won the Daimler Chrysler Grand Prize, the string quartet First Prize, Prize for Best Performance of the Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No. 15 and a recording contract with NAXOS at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. During the 2000-2001 season, the Aviv Quartet appeared at the International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem, the Louvre Auditorium and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square in London, and the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York to which they received return invitations. During the same season, the Aviv Quartet toured and performed in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, China and Israel. In June 2001, the quartet participated in the Alban Berg Quartet Anniversary concert series in Tel Aviv to great public and critical acclaim. Later that year, they appeard at the Dubrovnik Festival and the Wien Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In coming seasons, the Aviv Quartet will tour the USA, South America, South Africa and Australia. 2002, they made their first recording for NAXOS, performing three string quartets by Hoffmeister.
Sergey OSTROVSKY, Violin
He was born in Gorky, Russia and began playing violin when he was six years old, studying at the Gorky Music Academy. He emigrated to Israel in 1991 and continued his studies with Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Rubin Academy of Music at the Tel Aviv University. He won the Lipizer International Violin Competition, Italy. He has been the concert master of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with which he appeared as a soloist, both in Israel and on tours abroad. He was a member and concert master of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and during the 1997/98 season the concert master of the Kibbuz Chamber Orchestra. In March 1999, Mr. Ostrovsky won the first prize in the Spring Competition in Tel Aviv in both categories: Violin Playing and Best Performance for Israeli Contemporary Music. Sergey plays an Aldric Instrument owned by the late Henryk Szering, lent by Shlomo Mintz.
Evgenia EPSHTEIN, Violin
She was born in Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), Russia. She began her violin studies at 6 years of age and completed the “High School for Talented Musicians” in Sverdlovsk. Evgenia emigrated to Israel in 1999. There, she studied with Arthur Zisman, and at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University with Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova. At the Academy, she was the recipient of prizes in violin and chamber music competitions. She has performed as the concert master of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and was a member of I. Fiamini (Belgium). During the 1997/98 season she was the concertmaster of the second violin section of the Kibbuz Chamber Orchestra.
Shuli WATERMAN, Viola
Born in Haifa, Israel, studied viola with Gad Levertoff and with Yuri Gandelsman at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. She completed her studies with John White at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was the winner of the Theodore Holland Viola Prize at the Royal Academy and the recipient of the Daniel Binyamini Scholarship at the Rubin Academy. She graduated from the Rubin Academy in 1997. Shuli has played with the Young Israel Philharmonic, Jeunesses Musicales and Shira Festival Orchestras. She has participated in master classes with Rivka Golani, Tabea Zimmermann and Jerzy Kosmala and appeard with members of the Apple Hill Chamber Music Players in Venice and Amman.
Rachel MERCER, Violoncello
Born in Canada, studied in Vancouver and Toronto, and received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston and her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston with Laurence Lesser. She completed her studies at the conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Dmitri Fershtman. Rachel has appeared with orchestras such as Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and her recitals in Toronto have been broadcast on the National Radio. She has played solo with her duo partner Jelger Blanken in the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal and in numerous other venues in Holland. During the years 1994-2000 she was a member of the Metro string quartet. Rachel Mercer has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kallish and Laurence Lesser, and has appeared in festivals such as Ravinia, Verbier, Banff, Holland Music sessions, Orford, and the Juilliard Quartet Seminar. Rachel is currently supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and plays a Forster cello on Ioan from the Banff Centre in Canada.
Prize Winners’ Concert, Stefaniensaal Graz.
Franz Schubert: aus: Streichquartett d-Moll D 810 „Der Tod und das Mädchen“: