Supported by the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg
INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN FESTIVAL
St. Petersburg, September 14 – 22
The name of the festival refers to one of the brightest pages of the musical history of the Northern capital of Russia – the formation and flourishing of the St. Petersburg violin school, which was founded by the pupil of the great Joseph Joachim, professor of the first Russian conservatory Leopold Auer. His famous pupils Jasha Heifetz, Misha Elman, Myron Polyakin, Efrem Zimbalist and many others (and there were more than three hundred of them) defined the lanscape of the violin music of the 20th century. The legacy of Auer is alive to this day. "Grandchildren" and "great-grandsons" of his students shine on the scenes of the whole world and transfer their art to new generations of musicians.
During 14 – 21 of September, 2018, music lovers will have a busy week: there will be performances by world-famous representatives of the "Auer's School" in the best concert halls of St. Petersburg, a tense competition of young violinists and an impressive gala concert in the Great Hall of the Philharmonic. The organizers of the event are the musical community "St. Petersburg Sinfonietta". The artistic director of the festival is People's Artist of Russia Mikhail Gantvarg.

Participants of the Festival
Direct successors of Leopold Auer's school
Mikhail Gantvarg
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Mikhail Gantvarg
Born in Leningrad, in 1947, he graduated from Leningrad Conservatoire (class of Professor M. Vaiman). People's Artist of Russia. Head of the Violin and Viola Department of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, professor. Rector of the Conservatoire (2011 – 2015). Laureate of the Niccolo Paganini International contest of violinists (1967), All-Union violin contest (1969). Creator (1987) and artistic director of the chamber ensemble "Soloists of St. Petersburg". Creator (1987) and artistic director of the 1st Leopold Auer violin contest.
Chingiz Osmanov
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Mikhail Gantvarg – Chingiz Osmanov
Born in Leningrad, in 1982, he graduated from St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor M. Gantvarg). Winner of the Special Prize for the best performance of a virtuoso composition at the 2nd International Jascha Heifetz competition (Vilnius, 2007). Firs violin of the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Participant of "Soloists of St. Petersburg" ensemble. Creator of "Sinfonietta of St. Petersburg" chamber ensemble. Teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire.
Alexander Fisher
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Alexander Fisher
Born in Leningrad, he graduated from Leningrad Conservatoire (class of Professors Yu. Eidlin and M. Vaiman) where he has taught, headed the Violin and Viola Department and the Orchestral Faculty. Since 1990 Mr Fisher teaches violin in Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden) and at the Funen Conservatory of Music (Odense, Denmark). Since 2005 he is professor at Tallinn Academy of music and Theatre. Alexander Fisher regularly participates in International and national competitions as a jury member. He also has made many recordings for Swedish Radion and on CD.
David Grimal
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Philipp Hirshhorn – David Grimal
Born in Châtenay-Malabry, France, in 1973, he graduated from the paris Conservatoire (class of R. Pasquier). He also took lessons from I. Stern and Ch. Mintz and improved his violin skills under Ph. Hirshhorn. Winner of the European Community Prize and the European Radio Union Prize (1996), honorary prize of Crédit National. In 1997 he was bestowed the title of «Discovery in the field of classical music» from the MIDEM association. Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Literature of France (2008). Creator of "Les Dissonances" ensemble.
Dmitri Makhtin
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Mikhail Gantvarg, Philipp Hirshhorn – Dmitri Makhtin
Born in Leningrad, in 1975, he studied in the Musical College of the Leningrad Conservatiore and continued his studies in Netherlands under Ph. Hirshhorn, H. Krebbers and E. Schmieder. Laureate of the 2nd "Virtuoso" Prizes of the International violin contest of the Culture foundation Hohenlohe (1993), the 3rd Prize of Niccolo Paganini Contest (1994), Ludwig Spohr Competition (1994). Winner of the 1st Prize and two golden medals of the International violin contest at the Unversity of South Africa (Pretoria, 1996), Special Prize of the Tibor Varga International contest (Switzerland, 1994) and German Record Critics' Award (2005).
Olga Martinova
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman, Boris Gutnikov – Olga Martinova
Born in Leningrad, she graduated from the Leningrad Conservatiore (class of Professor M. Vaiman). She continued her education under Boris Gutnikov. Laureate of All-Russian and International contests. After her immigration to the West in 1979 Ms Martinova continued her career as a performer. During 1990s she has taught in St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Since 1986 she conducts a violin class at Codarts Rotterdam.




Kristóf Baráti
Leopold Auer – Nathan Milstein –
Eduard Woolfson – Kristóf Baráti

Born in 1979 in Budapest, Kristóf graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and then continued his studies in Paris, under Professor Eduard Vulfson. Winner of the International violin contest in Gorizia (Italy, 1995), the 2nd Grand-Prix of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition (Paris, 1996) and the 3rd Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Brussels, 1997).
Liubov Stekolshchikova
Leopold Auer – Yuli Eidlin – Mikhail Vaiman – Mikhail Gantvarg – Liubov Stekolshchikova
Born in Vladivostok, in 1989, she graduated from St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor M. Gantvarg). Laureate of the International contest «The Window to Europe» (1st Prize, 2008), the 1st Open Mikhail Vaiman violin competition (1st Prize, 2009), the V. Abajiev International contest (2nd Prize, Bulgaria, 2013). Winner of the 1st Leopold Auer International violin competition (St. Petersburg, 2014). Participant of the "Soloista of St. Petersburg" chamber ensemble. Tutor at St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.


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International Competition of Violinists
«Auer. The Heritage»
In the framework of the festival "Auer. The Heritage" an International competition of violinists will take place from September 14 to 21, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The event is esteblished by an autonomous non-profit organization "Musical Commonwealth "Sinfonietta of St. Petersburg" and is supported by the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. The artistic director of the festival and the chairman of the jury is People's Artist of Russia Mikhail Gantvarg.
Age of participants from 15 to 28 years.
Selection round based on video recordings until 15/08/2018.
Prize fund: 5000USD / 3000USD / 2000USD.
Submission of application and participation without entrance fee.

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Resident orchestra of the festival -
St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of the Honored Worker of Arts and the Honored Artist of Russia

Alexander Titov
mail@auerheritage.com
41, Nevsky prospect
St. Petersburg