Boris Kuschnir

Photo: Verbier Festival

Boris Kuschnir

violin master-class, July 07 – 10, 4 x 45 minutes

Boris Kuschnir, violin

What a talented violinist! Wonderful sound, very virtuosic, strong and well-coordinated fingers, and an overall excellent musical structure!
(David Oistrakh)

A musician of emotion, who combines Russian intensity with Viennese richness and suppleness of tone. With him, intimacy and passionate commitment are in the best hands.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Boris Kuschnir was born in 1948 in Kiev into a family of musicians, studied violin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Boris Belenkiy and chamber music under Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet).

His artistic development was significantly influenced by his repeated encounters with Dmitri Shostakovich (collaboration on his last quartets) and David Oistrakh, who also taught him. His career began in 1969 when he was one of three winners at the All-Union Competition in Leningrad and played the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the final, with the Leningrad Symphonists under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov.

Subsequently, he won numerous prizes at international violin and chamber music competitions (Paris, Belgrade, Sion, Trapani, Bratislava, Florence, Trieste, Gorizia, Hamburg, Vercelli). In 1970, he founded the Moscow String Quartet and was its permanent member until 1979. Since 1981, he has lived in Austria and received Austrian citizenship in 1982. Since 1984, he has been a professor at the Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna and, since 1999, a full university professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

His pedagogical work receives international recognition in connection with the artistic careers of his students: Julian Rachlin (1st Prize International Eurovision Competition – Amsterdam, 1988), Nikolaj Znaider (1st Prize Queen Elizabeth Competition – Brussels, 1997), Maria Dueñas (1st Prize Yehudi Menuhin Competition – Richmond, 2021; 1st Prize International Vladimir Spivakov Violin Competition – Ufa, 2018; 1st Prize International Zhuhai Mozart Competition – Zhuhai, 2017; 1st Prize Viktor Tretiakov Competition – Krasnoyarsk, 2021), Sergey Dogadin (1st Prize Tchaikovsky Competition – Moscow, 2019; 1st Prize Singapore International Violin Competition – Singapore, 2018; 1st Prize International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition – Hannover, 2015), Diana Tishchenko (1st Prize Long Thibaud Competition – Paris, 2018), Pavel Milyukov (3rd Prize International Tchaikovsky Competition – Moscow, 2015; 1st Prize Aram Khachaturian International Competition – Yerevan, 2012), Lidia Baich (1st Prize International Eurovision Competition – Vienna, 1998), Dalibor Karvay (1st Prize International Eurovision Competition – Berlin, 2002; 1st Prize International Tibor Varga Competition – Sion, 2003; 1st Prize International David Oistrakh Violin Competition – Moscow, 2008), Alexandra Soumm (1st Prize International Eurovision Competition – Lucerne, 2004), Patricija Avšič (1st Prize Jeno Hubay Competition – Budapest, 2021; 1st Prize Yankelijevich Competition – Omsk, 2022; 1st Prize Leonid Kogan Competition – Brussels, 2022), Yukari Ohno (1st Prize Princess Astrid International Music Competition – Trondheim, 2021), Ondrej Janoska (of the Janoska Ensemble), Aleksey Igudesman (of Igudesman & Joo).

In addition, he taught more than 40 prize winners of national and international music competitions. Some of his students were awarded professorships at universities, they play in numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras worldwide – 7 of his students became members of the Vienna Philharmonic.

He frequently serves as a lecturer for master classes, such as at the Verbier Festival Academy or the Kronberg Academy, as well as a jury member for international competitions including the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, Niccolò Paganini Competition in Genoa, Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, Joseph Joachim Competition in Hannover, Tibor Varga Competition in Sion, Michael Hill Competition in Auckland, Eurovision Competition in Bergen, David Oistrakh Competition in Moscow, Pablo de Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, Seoul International Music Competition, Violin Masters in Monte Carlo, ARD Music Competition in Munich, Louis Spohr Competition in Weimar, Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Yerevan, Vladimir Spivakov Violin Competition in Ufa, Viktor Tretiakov Competition in Krasnoyarsk, Yankelevitch International Violin Competition in Omsk, Jeno Hubay Competition in Budapest, and the International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne.

In 1984, he founded the internationally recognized and highly awarded Vienna Schubert Trio. Among their accolades are the 1st Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition "Sergio Lorenzi" in Trieste in 1985, where Sandor Vegh was the jury president, the Mozart Interpretation Prize in 1988, and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prize in 1990, among others.

Boris Kuschnir has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the most important music centers of the world: Musikverein Vienna, Teatro alla Scala – Milan, La Fenice – Venice, Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall – London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – Paris, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall – Moscow, Ishibashi Memorial Hall and Suntory Hall – Tokyo. He has also participated in major international festivals such as: Salzburg Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival, Vienna Festival Weeks, Besançon, Washington, Spoleto, Naples, Stresa, Bregenz Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, December Evening (Sviatoslav Richter Winter Festival) – Moscow, White Nights – St. Petersburg, Julian Rachlin & Friends – Dubrovnik, and Verbier Festival – Switzerland.

His chamber music partners have been notable figures such as Evgeny Kissin, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Boris Berezovsky, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Itamar Golan, Julian Rachlin, Nikolaj Znaider, Maxim Vengerov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Renaud Capuçon, David Garrett, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power, Veronika Hagen, David Carpenter, Antoine Tamestit, Lars Anders Tomter, Hatto Beyerle, Mischa Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, Natalia Gutman, Miklós Perényi, Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Gary Hoffmann, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Ivan Monighetti.

He has produced numerous recordings as a soloist and chamber musician, among which the complete recording of Mozart's piano trios, released by EMI on the occasion of the Mozart Year in 1991, stands out particularly. In 1993, he founded the Vienna Brahms Trio, which made its debut at Kremer's Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus. In 1996, the trio won the first prize at the 9th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach (Alsace, France). In 1999, the Vienna Brahms Trio released the complete recording of Schumann's works for piano trio on 2 CDs with NAXOS. In 2002, Boris Kuschnir co-founded the Kopelman Quartet, with which he has since toured the world and released CDs on Nimbus Records and Wigmore Hall Live.

In 1999, the Austrian Federal President Dr. Thomas Klestil conferred the professional title "Professor" upon Boris Kuschnir. In 2008, the Austrian Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer awarded Boris Kuschnir the "Grand Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria". In 2013, he was then awarded the "Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class". In 2019, the Styrian State Government conferred the "Grand Medal of Honor of the State of Styria" upon Boris Kuschnir. In December 2014, the President of the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing granted Boris Kuschnir an honorary professorship.

In 2022, Boris Kuschnir graduated with distinction as Dr.art. from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.


Accompaniment

Tatiana Chernichka

Tatiana Chernichka, piano

Tatiana Chernichka was born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia. Tatiana Chernichka was educated at the music school of the M.I. Glinka Conservatory for highly gifted children in her home town, where she was taught by Professor Mary Lebenson. She has lived in Munich since 2003, where she completed her studies with Professor Eliso Virsaladze. She completed her master's degree with Professor Klaus Kaufmann at the Mozarteum Salzburg with honours in 2011.

Tatiana Chernichka has won numerous competitions to date, including the "Busoni" competition in Bolzano, the "Queen Elisabeth" competition in Brussels and the "Maria Canals" competition in Barcelona. Since 2009 she has held a teaching position for accompaniment at the Munich University of Music. She has also accompanied several masterclasses by renowned professors such as Ana Chumachenco, Natalia Gutman, Julia Fischer and Wen-Sinn Yang. Her debut CD with 24 etudes by Chopin was released in 2018 by ARS Produktion. Since 2022 she has been a lecturer at the Stella Private University in Feldkirch, Austria.

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