ARIEL QUARTET

1st Prize € 18,000, -

Prize of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

ARIEL QUARTET

Founding of the Ariel Quartet (Israel) four years ago. Supported by violinist Avi Abramovich, one of Israel's leading teachers of his field, he is currently the director of the Department of String Instruments at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Conservatory, affiliated to the Jerusalem Ruby Academy of Music and Dance. All members of the quartet are Israeli and study in the 2nd year at the Jerusalem Ruby Academy of Music and Dance. The quartet is under the patronage of the Young Musicians' Group of the Jerusalem Music Center. In February 2000 debut concert at the Jerusalem Music Center, which was broadcast live by Israeli Radio (The Voice of Music). Performances in Israel and at the Daniel Days Festival in Holland 1999. 1999 Workshop with Michael Tree. In the summer of 2000 and in the summer of 2001 scholarship holders of the Amadeus Summer Course in London. In April 2002 appearance at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. The name of the quartet is synonymous with Jerusalem.

Sasha KAZOVSKY, violin

Born in 1984 in Moscow. Beginning of violin studies at the age of six with Victor Legoushin in Moscow. 1992 Immigration to Israel, since then studying with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory. Since arriving in Israel scholarship holder of the Veron Foundation and the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation as well as further special prizes. Performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yad Harif Chamber Orchestra. Participation in numerous master classes. 2002 2nd Prize in competition of young artists "Kol Hamusica" (Israel Broadcasting Authority).

Sergey TARASHCHANSKY, Viola

Born in 1985 in Ukraine. Beginning of violin studies at the age of six with Michael Frizker in Dneiipopetrovsk. Concert tour with a string ensemble to Slovakia. 1996 1st Prize at a local competition. After immigrating to Israel, he studied with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Ruby Conservatory. 1998 Beginning of violin studies with Simon Basovsky. Since 1996 scholarship holder of the Veron Foundation. Participation in numerous master classes, u. a. at Tabea Zimmermann.

Gershon GERCHIKOV, violin

Born 1984 in Israel. Beginning of violin studies with Daniel Fradkin, then with Professor Gershovitz, currently studying with Ludmila Feldman at the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory. Since 1997 scholarship holder of the Veron Foundation and the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation as well as honors with other special prizes. Performances with various orchestras in Israel, participation in numerous masterclasses. 2001 laureate of a violin composition competition in Russia.

Amit EVEN-TOV, Violoncello

Born 1984 in Israel. Began studying cello at the age of six with Sabina Frankenberg. Then lessons with Uzi Weizel, currently studying with Hillel Zori. Since 1997 scholarship holder of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, since 1993 scholarship holder of the Veron Foundation and special prizes. Education at the Jerusalem Ruby Academy High School. Member of several chamber music ensembles. Participation in numerous national and international masterclasses. 2002 Performance as a soloist with the Israeli Stage Orchestra. 2001 1st Prize of the "Paul Ben Haim" competition. 2000 Participation and Honorable Mention and 2002 2nd Prize at the Competition of Young Artists "Kol Hamusica" (Israel Broadcasting Authority).