Academy from 25 October to
1 November 2020

Boris Garlitsky

Violin Master Class

“Boris Garlitsky is an extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert Master of the world’s top orchestras, such as New York, Vienna, Berlin etc., and can play an outstanding role in all leading international orchestras.”


Today, Mr. Garlitsky devotes a large amount of his time to education. He holds a chair at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany).

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Boris Garlitsky is an extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert Master of the world’s top orchestras, such as New York, Vienna, Berlin etc., and can play an outstanding role in all leading international orchestras.”


These are the words of Kurt Masur, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, with whom Boris Garlitsky worked together throughout many years. And still, Mr. Masur’s words grasp but a part of Boris Garlitsky’s musical richness.


In 1982, Boris Garlitsky won the Italian Paganini Competition and began his career as a soloist. Since then, he has played, among others, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as well as the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His interpretations of Shostakovich’s violin concerto with the Orchestra National de Lyon were praised in the press. “The intensity and irresistible force of persuasion brought to it by all the skill of Boris Garlitsky was worthy of the work’s first interpreter, David Oistrakh”, the Lyon Figaro commented.


Mr. Garlitsky is an active participator in several international music festivals. He regularly takes part in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. Also, Mr Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France as well as a number of radio stations in Italy, Russia and the United States. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie.


“Boris Garlitsky was a worthy partner of Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s double concerto, performed together with the London Philharmonic… Let us concentrate on the gigantic chaconne from the partita in d minor for violin solo: Mr. Garlitsky’s interpretation as such made this a concert of outstanding class. Highly differentiated and uniquely colourful in play, Mr. Garlitsky’s brilliant intellectual understanding of the piece and expressive characterisation of the individual variations reflected the authenticity and individual depth of the artist’s Bach interpretation” (Dr. Karl Georg Berg).


Garlitsky is an outstanding chamber musician and member of the Hermitage String Trio, praised right and left in critical reviews: “… undoubtedly one of finest of its type, with discipline and musicianship second to none”(; “true brilliance! This ensemble will do much to put more string trio repertoire on the musical map” (Strad); “with virtuosic elegance and, above all, affection” (Hexham and District Music Society); “that gentle exaltation of chamber music which passes by the dramatic gestures of symphonic music but rather expresses intimate and the profound, which goes straight to the heart and transports you to a dream” (Nice Matin).


Mr. Garlitsky’s repertoire is amazingly rich. Among his partners are Pinchas Zuckerman, Gidon Kremer, Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Maria-Joao Pires. Last but not least, Mr. Garlitsky is so popular among his colleagues due to his amiable character. “Garlitsky’s charisma is glaringly obvious. And how! A first violin of such imposing presence is a blessing for any ensemble” (La Montagne).

Born in Russia, Mr. Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists, “Step by Step”. He studied with Professor Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, and afterwards worked as the Concertmaster for the Moscow Virtuosi and the London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Opera, the Vienna ORF Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic and many more.


Today, Mr. Garlitsky devotes a large amount of his time to education. He holds a chair at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany). In addition, Mr. Garlitsky offers master classes on a yearly basis at the most renowned music institutions including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Peabody Conservatoty in Baltimore, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin and Kronberg Academy.


“He is also very successful as a teacher and his instruction would be an enrichment for any musical institution, be it orchestra or music academy. His knowledge, his energy, his honesty and his ability to connect with people and create harmony are in my opinion the quintessence of why he can serve as a role model and ‘leading light’ for the young generation.” (Kurt Masur)

Academy from 14 to
21 February 2021

Mihaela Martin

Violin Master Class

Michaela Martin is one of the best violinists of her generation. She was taught by Stefan Gheorghiu, himself a student of George Enescu and David Oistrach. Winner of the Tchaikovsky, Tibor Varga, Montreal and Queen Elisabeth competitions, it is above all her first prize at the Indianapolis Competition in 1982 that brought her on the international scene. She has been a Professor at the Musikhoschule in Köln since 1982. 

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The Romanian-born artist Mihaela Martin is one of the most outstanding violin virtuosos of her generation. Her father gave her her first violin lessons when she was five years old. She later studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh.

At the age of 19, Mihaela Martin won second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion and Brussels. Being awarded first prize in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis launched her international career. She has performed with leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit and Neeme Järvi. In the past season Mihaela Martin not only performed as a soloist but also appeared at chamber music festivals in Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Germany, Greece, Romania and Switzerland. Together with Daniel Austrich, Nobuko Imai and Frans Helmserson, she is a permanent member of the Michelangelo String Quartet, which she helped to found in 2003.

Mihaela Martin is a professor at University of Music in Cologne and at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and gives masterclasses throughout the world. She is a regular jury member at important international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Belgium), Indianapolis (USA), Enescu (Romania) and Tchaikovsky (Russia). Mihaela Martin plays a violin by J G Guadagnini that dates from 1748.

She teaches at the Académie musicale de Villecroze in 2014 and 2020.

Academy from 7 to
14 February 2021

Svetlana Makarova

Joint Violin Master Class with Pavel Vernikov

Svetlana Makarova began playing the violin at the age of 5 and won her first prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition at 10. After teaching at the prestigious Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow from 2005 and 2008 and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy, she is currently a professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU). She also participates in numerous festivals and masterclasses in many countries.


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Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow in 1981. She started to play violin at the age of 5 in a class of Honoured Artist of Russia Ludmila Egorova. At the age of 10 she won the first prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition. Hereafter she won different prizes at numerous state and international competitions. In 2005 Svetlana graduated the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 2008 finished her postgraduated studies with professor M. Glezarova.

Svetlana actively plays and gives concerts as a soloist and as a part of different chamber ensembles. She also made several CD recordings (with pieces of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Shubert, Schönberg) as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles.

Since 2003 Svetlana is a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and from 2006 – of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, where she collaborate with such a great musicians as J. Levine, V. Gergiev, M. T. Thomas, Y. Bashmet, D. Sitkovetsky, M. Vengerov, Y. Temirkanov etc. She takes part in different Festivals such as Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Music Festival (Japan), Musical Spring (Moldova), Musical Festival in LA (USA), Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Festival “Paganiniana” (Italy) etc.

In 2005-2008 she was teaching at famous Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow. In 2008 she was invited by Prof. Vernikov to collaborate with him in numerous master classes in Italy, Israel and Austria. From 2008 to 2011 she was co-pricipal in the Orquestra Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain), where principal conductors were Maestri L. Maazel and Z. Mehta.

Since 2010 she teaches at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy.

Until 2013 she worked as an Assistant of Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion) in Switzerland and at many Master Classes in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Japan. She also performed as a violinist at many festivals in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Japan.

Since 2014 she works as a Professor for Violin at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland.

She plays a violin by Nicola Gagliano made in 1738.

Academy from 11 to
18 April 2021

György Pauk

Violin Master Class

Recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György Pauk was born in Budapest and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy.

With 90 concerts a year all over the world, he has played with most of the major orchestras, conductors and at the world’s most important festivals. He retired from the stage in 2018 in Budapest, playing with the Budapest Orchestra under its conductor Ivan Fischer.

György Pauk is now a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a Performers Class with young talents selected from all over the world. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world and to participate in the juries of major international violin competitions.

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Recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation, Gyorgy Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary and received his musical education at the renown Franz Liszt Music Academy . Before settling in London in 1961, he already won First Prize of the PAGANINI Competition in Genova , The Premier Grand Prix of the JACQUES THIBAUD Competition in Paris, First Prize  of the MUNICH Sonata Competition and gave numerous concerts all over Eastern Europe.

He made his London debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1962receiving outstanding reviews in the press, followed by his orchestral debut in the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He made his U.S. Debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. He performed on all five Continents giving an average of 90 concerts a year with most of the major orchestras , collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli,Solti,Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, etc.He has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh,Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, Prague Spring Festivals . He was a regular soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Seasons at the Albert Hall and made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC.

His exceptional rich repertoire, also for chamber music, includes several master pieces of the 20thCentury,he gave world-and national premiers of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies, Tippet Violin Concertos under the baton of the composers. Hisnumerous gramophone recordings include several award winners: Cecielia Prize, Grammy nomination, Record  of the Year , etc. Gyorgy Pauk is considered one of the most authentic Bartok interpreter and expert of Bartok’s music worldwide. He retired from the podium, after over more than five decades, playing hislast farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

Gyorgy Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class “ with  selected young talents from all over the world. His guest Master Classes included visits in the US at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School in New York as well as in China, Japan, Israel and all over Europe. He is ofteninvited to Juries of the major International Violin Competitions.

Gyorgy Pauk has received several public honoursin Britain and Hungary and is Honorary Professor of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of London in 2016.

He has been playing on his MASSART Stradivarius violin, of 1714, the Master’s Golden Period.

Academy from 7 to
14 February 2021

Pavel Vernikov

Joint Violin Master Class with Svetlana Makarova

Pavel Vernikov is a virtuoso violinist whose reputation is well established. After performing on the greatest international stages and winning numerous prizes such as those of the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence, Pavel Vernikov now teaches at the prestigious schools of the Konservatorium Wien University and the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU). He also gives masterclasses all over the world and is since 2013 the artistic director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland.

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Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky, gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. Among other prizes he won the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome. 

For the last 30 years he has been a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio.

His artistic partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Patrick Gallois, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze, Christian Zimmermann and Anthony Pay. He inaugurated the Russian Academy of Higher Learning in Portogruaro and was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.

He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD-Competition in Munich, Sendai (Japan), Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc.).

Pavel Vernikov has recorded for RCA, Ondine and Dynamic.

He was Professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon. At present he’s Professor at the famous Konservatorium Wien University and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion).

Among his many laureate students are people like Massimo Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), Fumiaki Miura (1. Prize Hannover International Violin Competition), Lorenza Borrani (Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Fanny Clamagirand (1. Prize Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna and 1. Prize International Monte Carlo Violin Competition) and Miki Kobayashi (2. Prize Wieniawski Competition).

In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland.

He plays the beautiful Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, Milano 1751, owned by the family of Tibor Varga. 

Academy from 11 to 18 April 2021

Gérard Poulet

Violin Master Class 

Gérard Poulet started as a child prodigy. His father, the violinist and conductor Gaston Poulet had
the privilege of giving the first performance of Debussy’s Sonata in 1917, with the author at the piano.
Gérard entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris at the age of eleven, and graduated two
years after with a unanimously awarded first prize. Aged eighteen, he won the first prize at the
Paganini Competition in Genoa.

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As he continued to benefit from the teaching of such masters as Zino Francescatti, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and especially Henryk Szeryng, who considered him his “spiritual heir”,
numerous concerts were to follow, and his career developed rapidly worldwide: from Europe to Asia, from America to Africa, where he plays today regularly with the finest orchestras, while he takes part in the most prestigious musical seasons, including those of Radio France, the Musée d’Orsay.
No less than an eminent concert player, he is one of greatest pedagogues of our time. Since April 2005, Gérard Poulet is an invited professor at the “National University of Fine Arts and Music of Tokyo”, after he has long time teached at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris”, also at the “Conservatoire National de Région de Paris” and the “Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris”.
He is professor at the Showa University of Music in Japan since 2010.
Besides giving master classes all over the world, he is also a member on the juries of major international competitions.
He was awarded with the “Officier des Arts et Lettres” in 1995 and Commandeur in 2019, and the “Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in 1999.

Academy from 11 to 18 April 2021

Tedi Papavrami

Violin Master Class 

When Tedi Papavrami arrived in France at a young age, he was faced with a country and a culture that were entirely foreign to him. Moved out of natural curiosity paired with a great yearning to master the French language – also to overcome initial loneliness – he plunged into reading Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Kafka… all in French. What makes Tedi a unique and rare musician is his curiosity for everything that lies beyond borders. Along with his elevated artistic and intellectual standards, it helps him bridge the immense gap between his original background and new horizons.

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Therefore, when translator Jusuf Vrioni passed away in 2000, it came as no surprise when Tedi Papavrami took up the task of translating into French the works of Albanian author Ismail Kadare, whom he had known as a child. That incursion into literature also provided him for the first time with “a means of leading a professional existence apart from the violin.” In 2013 he continued in that vein
by publishing an account of his own youth, Fugue pour violon seul, in French. Unanimously hailed by the press, the book recounts his trajectory as a child prodigy in Albania and his passage to the West and freedom. Moreover, in 2003, when actress Jeanne Moreau met Tedi in a television programme, she did not hesitate to recruit him to play the role of Danceny, the violinist, alongside Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett and Nastassja Kinski in Josée Dayan’s TV mini-series adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’s Dangerous Liaisons.

Such a wide range of activities and interests would probably not have been possible without an exceptional musical precocity coupled with long hours of practice from a very early age. The violin was always part of Tedi’s life. He was introduced to it at the age of five by his father, a brilliant teacher with many years of pedagogical experience. Tedi progressed very rapidly, and within three years he was performing Sarasate’s Airs Bohémiens with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of eleven he tackled Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 with the fearsome cadenza by Emile Sauret. 

The year was 1982. Albania had isolated itself from the rest of the world for decades. French flautist Alain Marion, who had come to give a concert in Tirana, heard the child prodigy play – and promptly arranged for him to come to Paris with a bursary from the French government. Tedi went
on to study with Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique; he also appeared on popular television programmes and gave many concerts at that time. 

Having reached the end of his studies by the end of fifteen, Tedi went on perfecting his instrumental and musical skills on his own. In the meantime, he and his parents had fled Communist-led Albania and settled for good in France; back home, however, the regime punished those family members who had stayed behind with severe sanctions and reprisals that would remain in force until the government finally fell in 1991. Before that event, however, Tedi and his parents had to leave Paris in
order to avoid Albanian embassy officials who were on their tail. Friends helped them relocate near Bordeaux. 

Tedi Papavrami won several important international prizes in the 1990s and embarked on a brilliant solo and chamber music career. He has collaborated as concerto soloist with conductors of
the likes of Kurt Sanderling, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Manfred Honeck, François-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Gilbert Varga and M. Aeschenbacher. He was also a member of the Schumann

Quartet (with piano) for nine years. He has performed in recitals and on disc with chamber music partners such as Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Martha Argerich, Maria Joao Pires, Viktoria
Mullova, Gary Hofmann, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer and Lawrence Power.

Tedi has been completing his artistic activity with a number of recordings ever since 1990. Released in 2014, his CD featuring the 6 solo violin sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and the same composer’s sonata for two violins alongside his colleague Svetlin Roussev was simultaneously awarded two of the most
outstanding French distinctions: the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de l’Année (Classica magazine).
Tedi has also proven his hand as a transcriber: his solo violin arrangements of 12 Scarlatti sonatas and of the Bach Fantasy and Fugue BWV 542 (originally for organ) are available from the Ries Erler music publishing house in Berlin. He has frequently performed the complete J. S. Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin in public – a repertoire of which he is particularly fond and has recorded, along with the solo violin sonata of Béla Bartók, the 6 Ysaÿe solo violin sonatas and the 24 Paganini Caprices. 
For many years, Tedi has been presenting the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with
pianist François-Frédéric Guy: their recording was released in 2017. Along with cellist Xavier Phillips, they have been pursuing their work on the complete Beethoven piano trios, which they will record soon. On renowned pianist Martha Argerich’s new 2019 release entitled Rendez vous (Avanti
Classics), he appears alongside her and cellist Misha Maisky in the Beethoven triple concerto. 
Tedi Papavrami now lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he is violin professor at the Haute École de Musique. He plays a violin made for him by violinmaker Christian Bayon.

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