V Yankelevitch International
Violin Competition

Jury members

Chairman of the Jury
Professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester,
People's Artist of the Russian Federation,
USSR State Prize Laureate
He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory (class of Maya Glezarova, Yuri Yankelevich). In 1973, he won the second prize of one of the most important international violin competitions - the Jacques Thibaud Competition. For over 20 years he was the first violin in the world-famous Borodin Quartet, and being its member, he was awarded the USSR State Prize and the title of People's Artist of the RSFSR. In those years, he simultaneously worked as the concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1979 he became the concertmaster of the newly created Chamber Orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi", in which he played for 12 years. In 1980 - 1993 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory. The musician held master classes in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Japan and many other countries.
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Since 1993, Mikhail Kopelman has been living and working in the United States. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honor. For several years he worked as a chamber ensemble professor at the Yale University. In 1996, Kopelman became the first violin in the Tokyo String Quartet. Continuing the traditions of the Russian School of quartet playing, in 2002, together with his peers from the Moscow Conservatory, he founded the Kopelman Quartet. In the same year, he was appointed to the position of Professor of the violin class at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA), where he continues to work today.

Kopelman has performed in many international festivals, including Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Schleswig-Holstein, Florence, Salzburg, Tours, Moscow, Zurich, Prague, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Norfolk, as well as at the Mozart Music Festival (Mostly Mozart Festival) in NYC.

Mikhail Kopelman has also served as a jury member of several international competitions, including violin competitions in Evian and Beijing, String Quartet Competitions in Munich and Indianapolis, as well as the Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels.
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