Viviane Hagner

Violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her intelligent musicality and passionate artistry. She performs with “poise and magnificent assurance” (The Times, London) and “an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry” (Washington Post), while the Berliner Morgenpost wrote: “Listening to Viviane Hagner play the violin is an enchanting experience … she is both a thoughtful and brilliant violinist. In her playing, she knows how to combine reflection and luminosity in the most striking way.”

Since her debut at the age of thirteen in the legendary joint concert of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonics conducted by Zubin Mehta, Viviane Hagner has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, and London’s Philharmonia, in partnership with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Ricardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, and Pinchas Zukerman. Viviane Hagner has most recently appeared with Tonhalleorchester Zürich under David Zinman, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Sakari Oramo, Bamberg Symphony under Jonathan Nott, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal under Kent Nagano.

As well as bringing insight and virtuosity to the core concerto repertoire, Viviane Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music. Composers whose work she champions include Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Witold Lutoslawski. In 2002 she gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and Kent Nagano, later playing the work in the United States – an event which prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to acclaim her performance as “vibrant, warm-toned and jaw-droppingly precise [and] may well be unimprovable.” After her 2006 premiere of Simon Holt’s new Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Jonathan Nott, The Sunday Times critic remarked she “caught the music’s soul”. In May 2012, a live-recording of Christian Jost’s Violin Concerto “TiefenRausch” conducted by the composer will be released on the Capriccio label.

A committed chamber musician, Viviane Hagner performs at important venues including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. She has been a featured artist at renowned international festivals including Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Salzburg Easter, Marlboro, and Ravinia. She regularly performs recitals with her sister, pianist Nicole Hagner. Recital performances have taken her to some of the world’s great stages including Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall London, Châtelet Paris, and Salzburg Mozarteum, and with pianist Mitsuko Uchida at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Viviane Hagner’s 2011–2012 season began with an unexpected Cleveland Orchestra debut as she stepped in on one day’s notice to perform with David Zinman. Upcoming highlights include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, as well as with London’s Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen at London’s Royal Festival Hall, at the Edinburgh Festival, and at Beethovenfest Bonn.

Her most recent recording has been released on the Hyperion label featuring Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerti 4 & 5, and the Canadian company Analekta has released her recording of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Her first solo recording on the Altara label features works by Bartók, Hartmann and Bach.

Viviane Hagner dedicates herself to outreach activities for audiences of all ages, from kindergarten to retirement homes, as well as teaching violin students in masterclasses. Committed to introducing music to school children, she participates at “Rhapsody in School”, a mostly German-wide project initiated by pianist Lars Vogt.

Viviane Hagner grew up and resides in Berlin where she has been Professor at Berlin University of the Arts from 2009–2013. Since 2013, she has held the same position at Mannheim Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts.

Ariadne Daskalakis

Violin soloist Ariadne Daskalakis is critically acclaimed for her expressive sound and her stylistic versatility. At home on the international stage, she has performed in venues ranging from Boston’s Jordan Hall and Gardner Museum and New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall to the Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, the Rudolfinum Prague, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, the Munich Herkules Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall. In recent seasons she appearanced with Concerto Köln, the Dortmund Philharmonic and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and gave repeat performances with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra. She has further appeared as soloist with the Munich BR Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Athens National State Orchestra and the Cologne Sinfonietta. In the dual role of leader and soloist Ariadne Daskalakis has collaborated with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin. She was hailed by German MDR Radio as a “universal specialist” for her recording of Vivaldi Concerti with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the label Tacet.

Ariadne Daskalakis won prizes at the International ARD-Munich Competition, the St. Louis Symphony Strings Competition and from the Mozart Society Dortmund, the Harvard Music Association and Framingham State University, which awarded her the first Christa McAuliffe Medal. An avid chamber musician, she led the Manon Quartet Berlin for 10 years. She performs regularly as recitalist or, on baroque violin, with her Ensemble Vintage Köln, with which she recently recorded the complete Rosary Sonatas by Biber for the label BIS. Early Music America praised her Biber recording: ”With this recording Daskalakis propels herself into the front rank of historical violinists.”

Numerous recordings document the unusually broad spectrum of her repertoire and the rich depth of her musical experiences. These include the Complete Violin Sonatas by Handel, Fauré and Raff, Violin Concerti by Tartini and 20th century works by Lutoslawski, Janacek and Szymanowski (on the labels Naxos, Carpe Diem and Tudor). Her Handel and Tartini recordings were both Selections of the Month in the The Strad magazine. Recent recordings with period instruments present sonatas by Ferdinand Ries and violin concerti by Jan Kalliwoda on the label cpo.

Ariadne Daskalakis also collaborates with composers, exploring new music and genres, like Caspar Johannes Walter’s Violin Concerto Zeichnungen and Christoph Coburger’s “Opera Mono” Herr K und Frau N, a staged solo work with video installation. With the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin she performed as soloist in the Vivaldi Four Seasons in “4×4”, in which dancer Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola choreographed the soloist and the whole ensemble.

A former student of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Ariadne Daskalakis enjoyed an education in music and humanities at the Juilliard School, Harvard University and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. She is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne and has taught as guest at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and various other international institutions and festivals. She has served on the juries of the ARD International Music Competition, the Isang Yun Competition and the Cologne International Music Competition (as Jury Chair).

Former students have positions in fine orchestras including the WDR Symphony and WDR Rundfunk Orchestras Cologne, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Aachen Opera and the Karlsruhe State Theatre. Prizes have been awarded to her students at international competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan.

In 2012 Ariadne Daskalakis founded “Music from Land’s End,” an international summer chamber music festival in Wareham, Massachusetts. In 2015 she has been named Artistic Director of the European Academy for Music and Art Palazzo Ricci Montepulciano.

Ariadne Daskalakis is based in Cologne and plays a violin by G.B. Guadagnini.

Yuzuko Horigome

Born in Tokyo, Yuzuko Horigome began playing the piano at the tender age of 4 and took up violin at the age of 5. Her first violin teacher was Ryosaku Kubota, after which she further developed her talent under the expert tutorship of Toshiya Eto, at the Toho Gakuen Academy.

In 1980, Horigome won the First Great Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, heralding the beginning of a hugely successful international career. Since then she has toured the world playing under the direction of such musical luminaries as Erich Leinsdorf, Sándor Végh, Herbert Blomstedt, André Prévin, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Iván Fischer, Riccardo Chailly, Simon Rattle and many others.

She has also appeared as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including such the London Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Scala di Milano, Czech Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, New Japan, NHK Symphony, among others.

Horigome is a passionate player of chamber music and a frequent guest at high profile festivals including Marlboro Music, Lockenhaus, Tanglewood and La Jolla. She has been fortunate to share this love of chamber music with exceptional artists like Rudolf Serkin, János Starker, Martha Argerich, Nobuko Imai, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Charles Neidich, Jean-Marc Luisada, and Abdel Rahman El Bacha.

In 1990, she formed the ‘Casals Hall Quartet’ together with other world renowned artists – Nobuko Imai, Thomas Zehetmair and afterwards Pamela Franck and Antonio Meneses. The Quartet was later honored with an invitation to become the ‘resident Quartet’ at the Casals Hall, Tokyo. Achieving much critical acclaim by both the mainstream and music press, the Quartet has already completed six tours in Japan. During 2004 and 2005 Horigome shared a concert with Martha Argerich at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, who in turn invited Horigome to tour with her in Argentina, and later in Lugano, Switzerland.

And of course Horigome’s ability to give expression to the unparalleled genius of music’s greatest-ever composers is without exception. Horigome toured Japan between 2003 and 2006, performing complete sonatas of Mozart, with the pianist Momo Kodama. From 2008 until 2010, she joined Abdel Rahman El Bacha on another tour of both Japan and Europe to perform the complete sonatas of Beethoven. And in February 2008 she recorded three concertos by Lalo, with Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, conducted by Marco Guidarini.

Her work has been recorded on live TV and DVD – notably her performance with the Messiaen’s ‘Quaruor pour la Fin du temps’ with the clarinetist Charles Neidich, in 2008, recorded on DVD by NHK. Her tour in France and Japan with the pianist Jean-Marc Luisada was also broadcast by NHK TV.

In early 2010, she replaced a soloist who unexpectedly fell ill just before a concert with the NHK Symphony, directed by Junichi Hirokami. This performance was broadcast live by NHK and her performance so astonished critics that they unanimously lauded her as the ‘best soloist’ of the year in Japan. Indeed, a TV documentary called ‘Gifts For The Future’ on her social contribution was commissioned and broadcast by BS-TBS TV, in 2010.

Horigome has worked closely with composers such as Takemitsu, Miyoshi and Yuasa, whose violin concertos were recorded by her. Her collaboration with other Japanese composers is also noteworthy – e.g. Mochizuki, Gondai, Nodaira, Hosokawa and Okada. In fact, the latter even dedicated solo violin works to her during her project ‘Violin Works – Jojo no tabi’ which was recorded live in Tokyo and Kyoto between 2005 and 2010. In late 2013, Horigome launched a new project called ‘Bach-Brahms’ which includes famous solo sonata and partitas of J.S.Bach and Brahms. This project will run until 2016.

As commercially successful as she is recognised by her peers, Horigome has recorded under labels such as Sony, Denon, Lockenhaus Edition, Camerata Tokyo, Nami Record, Talent, Dabringhaus und Grimm, René Gailly and Pavane.

In addition to her career as a world renowned soloist and chamber music performer, Yuzuko Horigome is also currently Professor of Violin at the Dutch-speaking school of Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where her unique ability to expertly accompany her students at the piano is widely recognized as exceptional. In fact, her talent as a gifted teacher has led her to give numerous master classes in California, Japan, France, Belgium, Denmark, England and Italy.

Always willing to give back to the musical community – Horigome accepts requests, whenever possible, to join international juries at competitions like the Queen Elisabeth in Belgium, Sendai in Japan, Indianapolis in the United States or Montreal in Canada.

Masterclass at Paris conservatory, Cambridge Trinity College , Horigome in Italy Marche. From September 2015 Professor at Maastricht university Music department, 2016 Chairperson of Violin section at Sendai International Music Competition.

Kolja Blacher

Kolja Blacher studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Dorothy DeLay and with Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. He performed as a soloist all over the world, with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Symphony, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia and Baltimore Symphony. He has worked with conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Dimitri Kitajenko, Mariss Jansons, Matthias Pintscher, Markus Stenz.

Blacher’s programmatic spectrum comprises works for solo violin from Bach to Berio, the classical-romantic core repertoire, and contemporary music for violin and orchestra (including works by Magnus Lindberg, Kurt Weill, Hans Werner Henze and Bernd Alois Zimmermann). Open to new concert experiences, he gave the German premiere of Brett Dean’s „Electric Preludes“ for the six-string e-violin.

In the past five years „Play-Lead“ concerts have become the new focus in Blacher’s artistic activities; as a leader – both as a soloist and from the concertmaster’s chair – he worked regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bern and the Orchestra of the ”Komische Oper” in Berlin. This new form of performance practice, increasing sought after, leads him all over the world, from St. Antonio to Kuala Lumpur to Paris.

Additional upcoming highlights in the 16/17 season include projects with Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, St Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and tours with Württembergisches Chamber Orchestra (their CD with the recording of Bernstein’s Serenade will be released in 2017).

Blacher has recorded highly acclaimed CDs (e.g. Diapason d’Or) in collaboration with Claudio Abbado, with whom he has maintained close ties since their time at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. His CD with Schönbergs’s Violin Concerto (with Markus Stenz and Gürzenich-Orchester Köln) was released in Autumn 2013.

Kolja Blacher was a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg before returning to his hometown of Berlin, where he teaches at the Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns Eisler.” A born and bred Berliner – his father was the Baltic-German composer Boris Blacher – Kolja Blacher lives with his family in Berlin.


He plays a 1730 “Tritton” Stradivari, generously on loan from Ms Kimiko Powers.

Sayaka Shoji

Described by Gramophone magazine as “a formidable musician, able to draw on huge reserves of stamina and the unflinching equal of anything thrown at her,” Sayaka Shoji regularly performs with the world’s leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Paavo Järvi, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Antonio Pappano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras.


Highlights of the 2016/17 season include her debuts with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, returns to Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Osmo Vänskä), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Kazushi Ono) and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Shiyeon Sung), and tours of Japan with The Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev) and NDR Sinfonieorchester (Krzysztof Urbański). Further ahead, she will work with Krzysztof Penderecki to perform his Violin Concerto No. 2 (Metamorphosen) for the first time, and she will also work with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Gianandrea Noseda) and Iceland Symphony Orchestra.


Sayaka’s long-time mentor and supporter, Yuri Termikanov, invited her, the only non-Russian musician, to perform at his 70th and 75th birthday gala concerts in St Petersburg. They have toured together with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Italy and USA, and in March 2017 they will tour again to the US and then to Japan in 2018. In 2012 they recorded Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos together for Deutsche Grammophon. Sayaka and Termikanov have also collaborated together with the Philharmonia Orchestra on numerous occasions as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, and in spring 2018 they will work with Orchestre National de Lyon.


Sayaka appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician alongside artists such as Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Itamar Golan, Steven Isserlis, Lang Lang, and Martin Fröst. Recent festival appearances have included Verbier, Annecy, Ravenna, Prague Spring, Settimane Musicale di Chigiana, Beethovenfest Bonn and Rencontres Musicales d’Evian.  She recently gave a recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall which included a new commission solo violin work by Toshio Hosokawa. In the 2016/17 season she will participate in Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Stavanger Chamber Music Festival and Vinterfest and give a recital tour in South Korea. In autumn 2016 Sayaka will also participate in a theatre project entitled ‘Real Voice’ which is based on a drama, La Voix humaine, written by Jean Cocteau – the collaborators for this project are Hiroshi Sugimoto, Keiichiro Hirano and Shinobu Terashima, and four performances will take place in Tokyo.


Sayaka regularly partners with pianist Gianluca Cascioli and their fourth and final installment of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata was released in spring 2015. She also performs with Menahem Pressler and their collaboration was documented in a live recording and it was released in autumn 2015.


Sayaka Shoji has lived in Europe since 1998. She to­ok First Prize at the 1999 Paganini Competition – the first Japanese and youngest artist ever to do so. In January 2016, she received the prestigious Mainichi Art Award. Sayaka plays the 1729 Recamier Stradivarius – kindly loaned to her by Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry Ltd.

Yuri Revich

 At only 22 years of age, Yury Revich already is a very mature and serious artist. As a newcomer of the old Russian Violin school, he is one of the most expressive musicians of his generation.

Yury Revich started playing the violin at age five and now studying with Pavel Vernikov. He comes from a dynasty of violinists: his father, grandfather and greatgrandfather were all dedicated to the string instrument. When Yury turned seven, he entered the Central Music Acadamy of the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Galina Turchaninova. Between 2005 and 2009, he studied under V. Pickaizen and then went to the Vienna Conservatory in 2009, where he is being taught by Pavel Vernikow. Furthermore, his teachers in Vienna and Moscow included Yury’s father, A. Revich and V. Vorona.

As he continued his professional career with the beginning of his studies at the Vienna Conservatory, Yury Revich founded the young quartet „Quatour du Soleil“ which, next to classical music, also plays romantic, baroque and contemporary pieces. Yury Revich is very versatile in his works: he finds it fascinating to play baroque music on historical instruments – for example with the harpsichordist Olga Fillipova – but equally enjoys working with modern influences. In order to fully expand on his repertoire, Yury also plays as a chamber musician in ensembles with renowned artists such as Gary Hoffman, Per Nystrom, Liana Isakadze, Lawrence Dutton, Robert McDuffie, Daniil Trifonov and others.

He records for Sony Classical, ARS, Odradek and OnePointFM labels, WDR, BR, Radio France, Radio slovenia, Radio Belgrad, among many European and American radio and television networks.As a soloist with an orchestra, Yury performs with many Orchestras, including Svetlanov State Symphony, La Verdi Milano, North-West Deutsche Philarmonie, Il Pomeriggi Musicale, Zagreb Soloists, Russian National, Moscow Soloists
and collaborates with conductors like Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Zhang Xian, Yuri Simonov u.a.Especially in the Germanophone and Russophone regions, Yury Revich has successfully taken part in numerous competitions, both as soloist and as chamber musician. Among others, he won the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow. He was also awarded the Russian Medal for „Generous Deeds for the Glory of the Motherland“.Whenever he is not at performances in all corners of the world – in 2009, he played his debut at Carnegie Hall and in 2013 at La Scala, Milan, he has performed at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall London as well as the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and can be heard at many international festivals – Yury tries to use his music for charitable events. Together with the European-Russian Society for International Cooperation, where Yury functions as Artistic Director, he organized a concert in Vienna in 2011 for the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Additionally, he collaborates with the organisation „Kleine Herzen“ that helps Russian and Ukranian children. Yury also lives out his creativity in the film medium: He is practicing to direct and to act and has already produced a short film of his own.Since 2008, Yury has been playing on a violin that was specifically built for him by the French master luthier Alan Karbonar, and now playing on a Balestrieri from 1783 which was generously placed at his disposal by the Goh Family Foundation in Singapore and the Amadeus International School in Vienna. Moreover, he was accorded the honor of performing on a Duke Alba Stradivari and a Guarneri del Gesu Ex-Max Rostal that were furnished by the Stradivari Society.

He is the Music Ambassador of the Amadeus Vienna International and Beethoven Center Vienna.


Yury has also appeared in many international festivals, including the Verbier Festival and Academy, Radio France Festival Montpellier, Aurora Festival in Sweden, Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Vladimir Spivakov’s Festival in Colmar, France, the Rostropovich Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan, Liana Isakadze’s Festival in Batumy, Georgia, Nikolai Petrov’s Festival The Music Kremlin, The International Holland Music Sessions, Bergen Music Festival, the Festival of Music in Kaunas, Lithuania, the Eilat Festival in Israel, among others.

Yair Kless

Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at the early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan.

Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair moved to Brussels to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle- Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music.


Yair quickly became a well known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him.

Yair was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the ”Israeli Baroque Players” which toured extensively around the world, such as participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the ”Tel-Aviv piano quartet”, USA based ”New Art Trio”, Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. He enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in Duo violin repertoire.​

Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.​

Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire.

As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair’s students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in the competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions.



Current Positions

1) Since    1971      Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. for violin, violin pedagogy, and chamber music, at Buchman Mehta School of Music

1989 – 1993      Director of the Rubin Academy, Buchman Mehta School of Music

1997 – 1995       Head of Strings, Rubin Academy, Buchman Mehta School of Music

Since 2009    Prof. Emeritus

2) Since 1995      Kunst Universtat Graz, Austria

Prof. in Violin – Konzertfach

Since 2009   Prof. Emeritus  and Guest Prof.


​3) Since 2005   Royal Northern College of Music, England- Visiting guest    Prof.

Since 2011       International Chair for violin

​Yair annually participates in many prestigious festivals, conducts master classes, and often invited to be a part of the jury panels of many international competitions.

Masterclasses and Festivals


​United States of America

1975 – 1984:  Summer Courses at University of the South, Tennessee

1985 – 1994: Chautauqua Festival, NY

2000 – 2006:  Bowdoin Festival, Main

​1995 – 1998, and since 2008:  Summer Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.​


​Additional Masterclasses in the US:


New England Conservatory, Boston

Indiana University, Bloomington

Temple University – Philadelphia

Dallas University – Huston University, Texas

Encore – Summer Course, Ohio

North Western University, Chicago




1982 – 1989:  Course twice yearly, organised by the Association of Violin Teachers of Baden-Wuerttemberg; violin classes, classes for methodic, musical advisory functions, academic extension courses for teachers on techniques and interpretation

Since   1989:  Annual winter course in Sindelfingen

1990 – 1992:   Guest-Professor at Frankfurt Hochschule

Masterclasses in Dresden, Weimar, Stuttgart and Frankfurt



Great Britain

Yehudi Menuhin School Masterclass, London

Royal Academy of Music Masterclass, London


1993 – 1997:  Masterclasses at Holland Music Sessions


2007 – 2013:  Guest Prof. at Toho School, Tokyo




Masterclasses at Conservatoire National, Paris

Three Summer Courses at Vanes




Masterclasses  at: Warsaw, Gdansk, Lublin, Katowice, Lancut and Gniezno

Since  2008:  Guest Prof. at Krakow Summer Academy




1991:  Masterclass at Gnesin Institute, Moscow

Masterclass at Saint Petersburg Conservatorium

2012:  Masterclasses at Vladivostok Ufa and Yekterinesburg



2004, 2009:  Guest Prof. at Reina Sofia School, Madrid



​2004:  Guest Prof. at Seoul University




Since 1990: Masterclasses at: Helsinki, Turku, Oulu, Raudaskila, Tampere, Espoo


2012:  Guest Prof. at Liszt Academy Budapest


Additional Masterclasses Worldwide:

Australia (1990); Costa Rica (1995); Romania (2005); Turkey (2006); Italy (2003 – 2006); China (2009); New Zealand (2010)


​Yair Kless sees great importance in educating and developing future violin teachers. He has initiated, created, and run for the last few decades a Tel Aviv University program that includes theoretical and practical classes, which focuses on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching.

Victor Tretyakov

Son of a musician who played in the military band in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, he showed an extraordinary musical talent at a very early age. In 1956 he entered Yury Yankelevich’s class at the Moscow Central School of Music, later entering the Moscow Conservatoire.
In 1966, at the age of 19 he won the first prize in the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition[2] and was invited to appear on several international concert tours – something that had become much easier after the pioneering visits outside the Soviet Union by artists such as Richter, Gilels, Rostropovich, and Oistrakh. Influence of the last could be noticed in Tretyakov’s interpretations and also in his choice of the repertoire. His unique style is supported by impeccable technique and deep musical insight, created by an expressive phrasing. Tretyakov favour great romantic violin concertos such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1987,[2] Tretyakov was granted the Russian Prize for the encouragement of achievements in art and literature ”Triumph”. He is laureate of the Shostakovich Prize, awarded by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation, and the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1981) (other recipients include the Borodin Quartet and composer Valery Gavrilin), and recently was awarded ”the Order of Service to the Fatherland” by President Vladimir Putin.
Since winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1966, Tretyakov has performed with almost every major orchestra in the world, including Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Los Angeles, and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bamberg SO, NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, NHK Symphony, the Kirov Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orhestra of Amsterdam, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and many others. He has worked with conductors including Rostropovich, Ormandy, Temirkanov, Alekseev, Jochum, Krips, Gergiev, Fedoseyev, Maazel, Kempe, Jansons, Järvi, Levine, Mehta, Penderecki, Previn, and Kondrashin. He plays a 1772 Nicolo Gagliano violin.

For many years, Tretyakov has taught at the Moscow State Conservatory. In 1996, he took a teaching post in Cologne, Germany. From 1986 to 1994, he was the jury president of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Additionally, he has served as a jury member of competitions in Brussels, Hannover, Sendai, Moscow, Helsinki, and many others.
Chamber music
An active chamber musician, Tretyakov has performed together with Mstislav Rostropovich, Svyatoslav Richter, the Borodin Quartet, Oleg Kagan, David Geringas, Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. He regularly performs in a piano quartet, together with Vassily Lobanov, Yuri Bashmet, and Natalia Gutman. Their performances include concerts in Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Istanbul, Paris, Athens, Lisbon, and Copenhagen.

Terje Tønnesen

Terje Tønnesen, was born in Oslo, Norway in 1955. He made his debut as a 17-year-old and the Norwegian press described it as ”so dazzling that it was almost unparalleled”. After studying with Max Rostal in Switzerland, he returned to Norway and founded the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He is the music director of the orchestra and today it is one of the foremost string orchestras in the world. They have made a number of recordings and appeared with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway and Maurice André. Terje Tønnesen was awarded the Grieg Prize and the Critics’ Prize in Norway and has won international competitions. His recordings have received a lot of praise from the international press. He has been described as one of the most creative people in Norwegian music and he is always ready to try new challenges. He has recently made a recording with the jazz guitarist Terje Rypdal for the recording company ECM. Terje Tønnesen is also the first concert master of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tanya Becker-Bender

Tanja Becker-Bender was early on awarded top prizes at the international competitions in Geneva, Tokyo, Houston, Gorizia and Genoa. As a soloist, she performes under the baton of Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht, Lothar Zagrosek, Uriel Segal, Fabio Luisi, Hartmut Haenchen, Hubert Soudant, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Carlos Miguel Prieto with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Houston Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart of the SWR, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the Vienna, Zurich and Prague Chamber orchestras, as well as the English Chamber Orchestra. She is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals.

Her latest CDs for Hyperion Records – Paganini “24 Capricci“, Schulhoff Works for Violin and Piano, Reger Violin Concerto, Respighi Works for Violin and Piano – were awarded numerous distinctions by the international press (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone and Classic FM, Disc of the Month, BBC Music Magazine, “Outstanding Award”, International Record Review, “Star of the Month”, Fonoforum). Working with contemporary composers is of special importance to her, leading to collaborations with Peter Ruzicka, Cristóbal Halffter, Peteris Vasks and Michael Gielen, as well as premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Rolf Hempel and Benedict Mason. During this season, a CD of the Hindemith Sonatas will be released, played together with pianist Péter Nagy, and performances or recordings of Concertos by Strauss, Busoni and Ligeti will be a special focus.

Tanja Becker-Bender studied with the leading quartet musicians of the world, with Wilhelm Melcher (Melos Quartet) in Stuttgart, with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) in Vienna, and with Rober Mann (Juilliard String Quartet) in New York. Important impulses came through Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.

Already in 2006, she was appointed professor at the University of Music in Saarbruecken, and since 2009, she has been teaching as a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg