Leonid Kerbel (Violin)
Born in 1962, Leonid Kerbel began his violin studies at the age of 4, in Kharkov (USSR), his native city. At age 6 he entered the Central Music school of Moscow under Prof. Yankilevich. He continued his studies in Israel at Tel-Aviv niversity (Rubin Academy) with Prof. Yair Kless and ompleted his education in Belgium and Germany with Prof. Philip Hirshhorn and Prof. Rosa Fain. Leonid Kerbel received master classes from artists such as Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, William Pleath and chamber music ensembles like the Beaux-Arts Trio and Borodin Trio.
His chamber music experience varies from duos to nonets. He was a leader of the Gertler quartet, Horta quartet, Contrast quartet, the Arpeggione Trio and the Nuove Musiche String quartet and chamber orchestra. He founded the Trio Sonnetto in 2005 and his partners in 2010 are the Belgian ianist Eliane Reyes and the Byelorussian cellist Aleksandr Khramouchin. The Trio Sonnetto enjoys the support of the illustrious pianist Paul Badura-Skoda.
He is a winner of the Rubin Academy solo and chamber-music competition as well as the Clairmont competition. Leonid Kerbel eaches and performs on a regular basis in the “Sewannee Summer Music Festival” in the USA, and takes part in festivals such as: Festival de minimes, Festival de l’été Mosan, Festival de Mozart and Festival van Vlaanderen. He performs regularly as soloist and concertmaster around urope, Israel and the USA and has recorded for Israeli Radio, BRTN, RTBF and USA National Radio.
In 1998, with the collaboration of his wife, Hagit Hassid Kerbel, he founded the “Musica Mundi Chamber Music course and festival”. He is invited in 2011 to conduct Master classes at the Royal College of Music” in London. Leonid Kerbel is the official representative in Belgium of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition and was a member of the Competition’s jury in 2011. From 2011 till 2015, Leonid Kerbel was appointed violin professor at the Brussels onservatory of Music. Since September 2014 is also appointed violon professor at the «Royal College of Music» in London.
natalya pasichnyk (piano)
She started her musical education aged three, went on to study at a special boarding school for musically inclined children in Lviv, and then continued her musical education at the Lviv Conservatory. She finished postgraduate studies at both the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
She has performed throughout the whole Europe, USA ,Japan, Argentina in the most famous concert halls such as Santory Hall (Tokyo), Berwald Hall (Stockholm), Konserthuset (Stockholm), de Singel (Antwerp), Auditori Winterthur (Barcelona), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Teatro Colon (Buenos-Aires), in all major Polish concert halls, at festivals such as Beethoven-festival and Mozart festival, La Folle Journee, Gdansk Piano Autumn (Poland), Schubertiada (Spain), Palaces of St. Petersburg (Russia). She cooperated with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum (Germany), Orchestre d'Auvergne (France), Philharmonic Orchestra of Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan (Poland), Norrlandsoperan (Sweden) under the direction of such conductors as Michael Zilm, Christopher Hogwood, Evgeniy Svetlanov, Arie van Beck, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Mos, B Tommy Andersson, Robert Stehli.
Having a vast repertoire, she does not only perform on a contemporary grand-piano but also elegantly masters historical instruments.
Natalya has made numerous recordings for radio and television (Swedish Radio P2, BBC Radio 3, Belgian and Spanish radio, Swedish television TV4, Polish Radio and TV), and commercial recordings for companies such as NAXOS (Chopin; received 5 stars in Gramophone, Diapason, Svenska Dagbladet), OPUS 111, Pro Musica Camerata, Musicon (Bach, Messiaen; received 5 stars in the magazine “Music of the 21th century”).
She is prizewinner of the Fifth Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg (Denmark, 1998), the World Piano Competition in Cincinatti (USA, 1999), and in 2001 she was awarded a special prize at the International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli in Milan, Italy. She has taught at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.