Archive - 2008 Meet The Artists



Artistic Director Ani Schnarch, internationally regarded as one of the most exciting and versatile violinists of her generation and Itzhak Rashkovsky, world-renowned master violinist and pedagogue, guide the curriculum and assemble the talented faculty to motivate and inspire the next generation of violinists.



Viktoria Grigoreva was born in Ukraine. From the age of seven she studied at the Specialist Music School in Kharkov and made her concerto debut four years later, playing Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto with the Kharkov Chamber Orchestra in solo performance. She graduated with an Hons Diploma in solo performance from the State Gnesin Music College, Moscow where she was studying with Semion Mikityansky, pupil of the legendary Professor Stolyarsky. After graduation she had a flourishing concert career, in particular in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

She has also performed for both radio and television, appeared with many leading East European orchestras and was teaching at the Kharkov State Academy of Arts.

In 1996 she moved to London, where she regularly performs highly acclaimed solo and chamber music concerts at the leading venues, including Wigmore Hall. She currently teaches at the Royal College of Music JD and Eton College. Many of her students have won prizes at prestigious national and international competitions. Her career as an educator has also encompassed teaching posts at the London College of Music and Media and Rykkio School.

She is also a visiting professor of violin at the summer school in Stockholm.

Itzhak Rashkovsky is an internationally renowned violinist and pedagogue. He was awarded a Master’s degree by the Tel Aviv Music Academy, where he studied with Yair Kless. Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, London, Itzhak Rashkovsky has come to be one of the leading and most sought-after teachers in England. His students, coming from all around the world, have been winners of many national and international competitions.

He has given master classes in Europe, Israel, China, and the USA and has been juror of numerous prestigious international violin competitions. He is one of the founders and Music Director of Keshet Eilon Violin Master Course, Israel, an international summer programme for exceptionally talented young violinists. In 1998, in recognition of his outstanding services to music, Itzhak Rashkovsky was awarded by The Prince of Wales a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music.

Ani Schnarch is a Romanian-Israeli-British violinist and winner of the Francois Shapiro and Mozart Memorial Prizes. Ani Schnarch is internationally regarded as one of the most exciting and versatile violinists of her generation. She is a faculty member and a founder of the Keshet Eilon Violin Master Course.

A student of F. Andrievsky, she has performed with major orchestras and in recital at the main venues in England, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain and the USA, and has recorded for radio and television, including a unique BBC series of all the works for violin and piano by Bela Bartok.

She has played at the Bath, Bergen, Lake District, Windsor and Bowdoin music festivals. Ani Schnarch is in great demand as a professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London, gives master classes worldwide, and has served as a juror in numerous international competitions.

Nathaniel Vallois was born in Paris in 1974 and gave his first solo performance aged nine in Sion, Switzerland. Two years later, he was invited to play for Zino Francescatti. His teachers have included Miriam Solovieff, Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music and Ruggiero Ricci. The recipient of many prizes and awards, he has performed extensively thougout the UK, including many recitals and concertos with orchestras.

He has appeared and taught at various UK festivals, including Dartington, Canterbury, Guildford, Pro Corda, often with his London Archduke Piano Trio, as well as in Europe, South Africa, Israel and the USA. In 2004 he was appointed Senior Violin Teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire; he also teaches at the Purcell School fo Music.

Together with pianist Charles Wiffen, he has brought out a recital CD of French music entitled Beau Soir. He is a regular contributor to the Strad magazine.


Walter Delahunt is a Canadian pianist and an artist of broad and distinguished experience. His career has taken him throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia. His musicianship is characterised by tremendous technical command of the instrument, unique sound quality, ease in chamber music, solo playing and by a power of communication which immediately involves the listener.

He has played with such celebrated musicians as Zara Nelsova, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich and the legendary violinist Ida Haendel, with whom he has performed in Japan, Korea, Israel, the USA and Canada. He served on the faculty of the Vienna Academy of Music during 1984-97 and has recorded for Panton (Prague), BMG Japan, and EMI Classics.

Yekaterina Lebedeva was born in Russia, and after prize winning studies graduated from the Tchaikovsky Kiev State Conservatoire with distinction in 1993. In March 1998 she was invited to play as part of the first South Bank Centre Young Musician's Platform "FRESH". Since then she has appeared regularly at the South Bank Centre and abroad. She has also performed in concerts in Sicily, Cairo, Russia and appeared at Warwick Festival.

Yekaterina is currently Head of Piano at the City Literary Institute and is teaching at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and at the Senior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In her career as an educator, she has worked at Istanbul conservatoire and Trinity College, London, She has also held the post of Director of the Croydon Centre for Young Pianists.

Musicianship and Choir

Marek Maryniak graduated from Birmingham University in Music and Philosophy (1977). He completed his PGCE (1982) at Lancaster University and subsequently took a Master’s degree in Education at Southern Connecticut State University, USA. He also pursued a special interest in composition under the guidance of Antonin Tucapsky. In 1998 he graduated with distinction in Music Pedagogy from the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kecskemet, Hungary, and until 2003 taught musicianship at the Kodaly Music School, Kecskemet.

He currently teaches music in three West London schools and works with young musicians in the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He composes for children and is also undertaking post-graduate work in ‘Research Development and Composition for Choral and Musicianship Training’ at the London College of Music and Media.

Supervised practice

Michal Cwizewicz was first taught violin by Lisette Meguerditchian at the Alexandria Conservatoire in Egypt, then by Krzysztof Śmietana as a music scholar at Alleyn’s School, and since 2005 has been studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. In 2007 Michał graduated with Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College concluding with a research project into the aerodynamics of insect flight.

Michal was string-finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition 2004, appearing on BBC4 Television and has won first prize and audience award at the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition 2008. He has performed as soloist at St John’s Smith Square, St-Martin-in-the-fields, La Madeleine in Paris and most recently the Sibelius Concerto at London’s Cadogan Hall.

Michał’s further studies are supported by the Joan Weller Award, Philharmonia’s Martin Musical Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust.

Shiry Rashkovsky began playing the violin aged 5 under the guidance of her father, Itzhak Rashkovsky. Previously a student of Natasha Boyarska at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, Shiry now studies viola with Ian Jewel. As Music Scholar at St Paul’s Girls’ School, London she was awarded the prestigious Scarborough Prize.

Her performances have taken her to the US, England, Israel, Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland, and have included collaborations with Vadim Gluzman and Ani Schnarch. She has participated in master classes with Edward Grach, Michael Klotz, Gyorgy Pauk, Atar Arad and Ida Haendel. In 2006, Shiry was offered a scholarship to study violin and viola at the Royal College of Music.

She continues her education at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where she studies Social and Political Sciences and is currently a member of the Chatto Quartet.


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