Faculty / StaffVIOLIN
Mikhail Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich.
In 1973 he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. READ MORE
Igor 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
Montreal 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
Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music READ MORE
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Igor Petrushevski Igor 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 Khachaturian and are performing with Maxim Vengerov, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Yurovski, Christian Jarvi and other very prominent musicians.
He is professor at the Richard Wagner Konservatorium -Vienna and honorary professor of the Yerevan State Conservatory. For 15 years he worked at the Royal Academy of Music in London where apart from having one of the biggest classes his students won most prizes at the international competitions.
He has made numerous radio and television performances all over the world. Over the last 20 years he has given master classes and played in the major concert halls of Italy, France, Austria, UK, all of former Yugoslavia, Russia (Moscow Conservatory), North and South America, China (Beijing Conservatory) and Korea. He is artist in residence in festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Montenegro, Austria, Korea and the USA where he also gives regular master classes in solo violin and chamber music.
Some of his current and former students are leading important orchestras in USA, Russia and UK and are playing in major orchestras such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Covent Garden Orchestra etc, have prominent solo international careers and are holding teaching posts in universities all over the world.
He is an Artistic Director of the 'Strings in London' international music festival. A documentary film about his life and work has been broadcast in over 20 countries. He is an artist in residence in festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Montenegro, Austria, Korea and the USA where he also gives regular master classes in solo violin and chamber music. He regularly works in important festivals such as: The Beethoven Easter Festival, The Salzburg Summer Academy, The Enescu Festival just to name a few.
He has been a jury member of international competitions including: The George Enescu International Violin Competition, The London Oratory International Violin Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musicians and The Aram Khachaturyan International Violin Competition. He plays on L. Storioni violin.
Montreal 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, Schumann and Schulhoff, including the Brahms Piano Quintet with Emanuel Ax at Sommerfest 1996. She performed Dvořák’s String Quintet and Bloch’s First Piano Quintet on the Chamber Music at MacPhail series in 2010.
Leathead received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky and Jaime Laredo.
Mikhail Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich. In 1973 he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris.
A former member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kopelman was appointed first violin of the Borodin String Quartet in 1976, and played with the ensemble for two decades. As a member of the Borodin Quartet, he has been awarded the state prize of the U.S.S.R. and he has been named People's Artist of the Russian Federation.
From 1980-1993 Kopelman was on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory teaching both solo violin and string quartet. He has given master classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, UK, in Tour (France), Rome, Florence, Turku (Finland), Stockholm, the Hochschule in Hamburg, and the Hochschule in Vienna.
Since 1993, Kopelman and his family have lived in the United States. In 1995, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honour. He was first violinist for the Tokyo String Quartet from 1996-2002 and formed the Kopelman Quartet in 2002. From 1996-2002, he was also professor at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music.
Kopelman has performed in many international festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival (UK), Hong Kong, Schleswig-Holstein, Florence, Salzburg, Tour, Moscow, the Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Norfolk, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. For over 15 years he was closely associated with Sviatoslav Richter in numerous performances and recordings. He has also collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Gideon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alicia de Larrocha, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Bashmet, Victor Tretyakov, Eliso Virsaladze, Peter Donohoe, Boris Berman, and Emanuel Ax.
Kopelman has made numerous recordings for the Melodia, EMI, Virgin Classics, Teldec, Philips, Nimbus, and Wigmore Live labels. Kopelman has also served as a jury member for several international competitions. These have included the Evian, ARD Munich, and Bejing String Quartet competitions, as well as the Indianapolis and Queen Elisabeth International Violin competitions.
In 2002, with the purpose of continuing the rich traditions of the Russian School of Quartet Playing, he founded the Kopelman Quartet together with some of his contemporaries from the Moscow Conservatory. He has been professor of violin at Eastman since 2002.
Born 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 Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra and the NC Symphony. 1968 saw her Carnegie Hall debut with the National Orchestral Association directed by John Barnette.
Ms. Nagata has also appeared on TV, in radio, and in numerous recitals in the NY area, and has taught at Juilliard, Meadowmount, Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College the Manhattan School of Music, and privately. Honors include the Fritz Kreisler and Naumberg Scholarship Awards, a teaching fellowship from Juilliard, prizes in the Hudson Valley Competition and the Swiss Tibor Varga International Competition.
As a chamber musician she has performed with the Aeolian Chamber Players, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Music Project, and her own group, The Cremona Arts Trio, which made its NY debut in December 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum. CDs include works of Flagello and Schumann on the Albany and Catalina labels.
Matthew 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 later teachers include Ulrich Eichenauer, Misha Amory and Korey Konkol. He has participated in masterclasses with such renowned musicians as Nobuko Imai, Heidi Castleman, John Graham, James Dunham, and Michael Tree. He has also attended the Killington Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Spoleto Festivals.<
Matthew has studied chamber music with members of the Mendelssohn, Brentano, Juilliard, and Fine Arts Quartets. He has played with several orchestras and chamber orchestras including the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Berne Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to performing, Matthew is also passionate about teaching and has maintained private studios in Berne, London, and Minneapolis.
Matthew lives in Minneapolis with his wife Anna and newborn daughter Mara. His hobbies include vegetable gardening, biking, and restoring vintage furniture.
Cellist Sally Dorer has performed throughout the United States as an orchestral and chamber musician.
A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, she frequently can be heard with the Minnesota Orchestra and VocalEssence. In addition, she has performed live on National Public Radio on Prairie Home Companion with the house band. Previously, she was a member of the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Florida West Coast Symphony. She has served on the faculty of both Carleton College and Augsburg College. She is an avid chamber music performer and is a founding member of Trio Callisto; an ensemble consisting of flute, harp, and cello; and of Trio St. Croix, a piano, violin, and cello trio.
Ms. Dorer studied at both the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, and her teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Dudley Powers, and Martha Gerschefski.
Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his "energetic performances" (Rome News) and "technique beyond reproach" (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music CD's for Naxos, EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 solo CD as "good enough to be the only recording in your collection", and his 2013 CD featuring the Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon was on the Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013 by the Philadelphia City Paper. Other awards include Best Artist in Maryland from the National Endowment from the Arts, and Gold Medal in the Artistic Ambassador Competition in Washington, DC. His 2015-16 season includes planned tours of Europe, Asia, and the United States.
An avid educator, Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University, and director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Before his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Schwarz was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. Prior appointments have included Head of Strings at Lehigh University, and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra.
Between 1996 and 2001, Schwarz served three tours as Artistic Ambassador in South America, Asia, and Africa, performing over 100 recitals in 15 countries. He made his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, where he now appears as a substitute section member. As part of winning the Starling Violin Competition, he studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He later received aMM from the Peabody Conservatory and a DMA from Temple University. His violin is a J. B. Vuillaume made in 1830, which he purchased in 2014.