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Igor PetrushevskiIgor Petrushevski is widely considered as one of the leading violin professors in Europe. His students are winners of international competitions including: P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. Paganini, M. Long-Thibaud, Tibor Varga, Rodolfo Lipizer, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Wieniavsky, Cologne, Heifetz, Sion, Postacchini, Joachim, Britten, Caneti, Enescu, Valsesia and   READ MORE

Celine LeatheadMontreal native Céline Leathead joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1994 after being a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony.

At Orchestra chamber concerts, she has played music by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Mozart,   READ MORE

Timothy SchwarzConcertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances" (Rome News), “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times) and creative programming.

His 2013-14 season includes recitals in the United Kingdom, Italy, and   READ MORE


Setsuko NagataBorn in Tokyo, Setsuko Nagata, studied there with Toshiya Eto. She came to the US in 1962 and enrolled at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian.

She has been soloist with the Municipal Orchestra, the Jamaica Symphony,the Great Neck Symphony, the NY    READ MORE

Luke HubbardMatthew Williams was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The Berne University of the Arts, and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.

He began his viola studies with Susan Barton, and  READ MORE


Mira KangSachiya Isomura, a native of Japan, began playing piano and violin at the age of three and cello at nine, later studying at Toho School of Music in Tokyo and at The Juilliard School in New York.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1979, he played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He performed   READ MORE