2nd Prize € 13,000, -

Prize of the Governor of Styria

Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a Work by Franz Schubert for "Death and the Girl" € 4.500, -

Prize of the four Styrian universities


The AVIV QUARTET (Israel / Canada), founded in 1997, works in Israel with Haim Taub and Irena Svetlova. 2nd Prize in the category String Quartet at the "Prague Spring" Competition 1998. 1999 "Amadeus Quartet Prize" at the International Chamber Music Competition "Charles Hennen" in Heerlen / Holland. Participation in the Encounters Chamber Music Course with Isaac Stern in Cologne. 1999 Grand Prix "Daimler Chrysler", 1st Prize for string quartet and prize for the best interpretation of the Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No. 15 as well as record contract with NAXOS at the International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne. 2000/2001 Performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem, the Louvre Auditorium, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Wigmore Hall, St. John's and Smith Square in London, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. Touring the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, China and Israel. 2001 great success with the audience and criticism on the occasion of the Alban Berg anniversary concerts in Tel Aviv. 2001 Performance at the Dubrovnik Festival, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. 2002 first recording for NAXOS with three string quartets by Hoffmeister.

Evgenia EPSHTEIN, violin
Born in Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), Russia. First violin lessons at the age of six. Graduated from the Music High School in Sverdlovsk. 1990 Immigration to Israel. Studied under Arthur Zissman and at the Rubin Academy of Music of the University of Tel Aviv with Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova. Numerous prizes at violin and chamber music competitions. Concertmaster of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and member of I. Fiamini (Belgium). 1997/98 Concertmaster 2nd violin of the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.

Rachel MERCER, Violoncello
Born in Canada. Studies in Vancouver and Toronto. Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston and Master of Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Laurence Lesser. Further studies at the Conservatorium Amsterdam with Dmitri Fershtman. Performances with orchestras such as Toronto Symphony and National Arts Center Orchestra. Radio recordings for the Canadian radio. Performances with her duo partner Jelger Blanken u. a. in the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal and in many other concert halls of Holland. 1994-2000 member of the Metro String Quartet. Collaboration with Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kallish and Laurence Lesser. Performances at international festivals, u. a. in Ravinia, Verbier, Banff, Orford, Holland Music Sessions and the Juilliard Quartet Seminar. Support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Since June 2002 member of the Aviv String Quartet. Rachel Mercer plays a Forster Violoncello on loan from the Banff Center (Canada).

Sergey OSTROVSKY, violin
Born in Gorky, Russia. First violin lessons at the age of six at the Gorky Music Academy. Immigrated to Israel in 1991, continued his studies with Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. Winner of the International "Lipizer" Violin Competition in Italy. Concertmaster and soloist of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on tours in Germany and abroad. Concertmaster of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and 1997/98 Concertmaster of the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra. 1999 1st prize at the "Spring Competition" in Tel Aviv in the categories violin and best interpretation of contemporary Israeli music. Sergey Ostrovsky plays an Aldric instrument by Henryk Szering, on loan from Shlomo Mintz.

Shuli WATERMAN, Viola
Born in Haifa, Israel. Viola studies with Gad Levertoff and Yuri Gandelsman at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. Completed her studies with John White at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Winner of the "Theodore Holland" Viola Prize at the Royal Academy and "Daniel Binyamini" fellow at the Rubin Academy. Graduated from the Rubin Academy in 1997. Performances with the Young Israel Philharmonic, Shira Festival Orchestras and Jeunesses Musicales. Masterclasses with Rivka Golani, Tabea Zimmermann and Jerzy Kosmala. Performances with members of the Apple Hill Chamber Music Players in Venice and Amman.