Viktor Tretyakov, one of the world’s greatest violinists, can be called without exaggeration a symbol of the Russian violin school. In 1966, at the age of 19 he won the first prize in the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since then, Tretyakov has performed with almost every major orchestra in the world, including Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Los Angeles, and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bamberg SO, NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, NHK Symphony, the Kirov Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orhestra of Amsterdam, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and many others. He has worked with conductors including Rostropovich, Ormandy, Temirkanov, Alekseev, Jochum, Krips, Gergiev, Fedoseyev, Maazel, Kempe, Jansons, Järvi, Levine, Mehta, von Dohnanyi, Penderecki, Previn, and Kondrashin. Tretyakov’s unique style which is supported by impeccable technique and deep musical insight, created by an expressive phrasing, and his incredible stage energy attract a great number of music lovers all over the world. An active chamber musician, Tretyakov has performed together with Mstislav Rostropovich, Svyatoslav Richter, the Borodin Quartet, Oleg Kagan, David Geringas, Evgeny Kissin, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Together with Vassily Lobanov, Yuri Bashmet, and Natalia Gutman, he has formed a piano quartet, in which he performs regularly. Their performances include concerts in Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Istanbul, Paris, Athens, Lisbon, and Copenhagen. For many years, Viktor Tretyakov was a Professor at the Moscow State Conservatory, continuing the tradition of his legendary teacher, Yury Yankelevich. From 1986 to 1994, he was the jury president of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Additionally, he has served as a jury member of competitions in Brussels, Hanover, Sendai, Moscow, Helsinki, Zagreb, and many others. In 1996, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Cologne, Germany (Musikhochschule Koeln). His notable students include Ilya Kaler, Natalia Likhopoi, Evgeny Bushkov, Sergei Stadler, and Daniel Austrich. From 1983 to 1991 Mr. Tretyakov was an artistic director and conductor of the Russian State Chamber Orchestra. Viktor Tretyakov was granted the highest awards of Russia: People’s Artist of the USSR; Prize for the encouragement of achievements in art and literature “Triumph”; Shostakovich Prize, awarded by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation; the Glinka State Prize, and the Order of Service to the Homeland.
Mr. Tretyakov plays a 1772 Nicolo Gagliano violin.

Zakhar Bron is one of the few teachers worldwide who has created his own unique teaching system. More than one hundred students of Professor Zakhar Bron have earned prizes at international competitions. Among his students are Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Daishin Kashimoto, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Melina Mandozzi, Michael Ovrutsky, Daniel Hope and Mayuko Kamio. All of them now rank among the elite of the world's violinists. The main concepts of Professor Bron’s school are: careful attention to the individual personality of the student, intensive development of the creative thinking process and support of continuous improvement both on musical and technical levels. Students learn a lot from Professor Bron's bright and creative interpretations and receive a strong impetus to develop their own potential and individual style.  All this, combined with an individual approach to each and every student characterizes Prof. Bron's teaching method, which has shown brilliant results over the course of many years.

Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at the early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan. Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair moved to Brussels to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle- Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music. Yair quickly became a well known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him. Yair was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the "Israeli Baroque Players" which toured extensively around the world, such as participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the "Tel-Aviv piano quartet", USA based "New Art Trio", Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. He enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in Duo violin repertoire.​ Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.​ Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire. As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair's students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in the competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions. Yair Kless sees great importance in educating and developing future violin teachers. He has initiated, created, and run for the last few decades a Tel Aviv University program that includes theoretical and practical classes, which focuses on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching.

A pupil of Rostropovich and gold-medal winner at the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition, David Geringas can now look back on a career that has spanned decades. His discography, which now features almost one hundred CDs, includes many that have been honoured with prestigious prizes including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2013 David Geringas received the Echo Klassik award for the best chamber music recording of works from the 20th-21st centuries and in 2014 for the best chamber music recording of works from the 19th century. One important facet of his career as a performer has been the release of outstanding CDs. Between 2008 and 2011 eight new CDs were released. Among them are two world-premieres (David’s Song and Discorsi), works for piano and cello by Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Chopin as well as the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with the pianist Ian Fountain – a recording which was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine. The CD of the cycle Bach Plus that includes all six Bach Suites for Cello and highlights by various contemporary composers was released in October 2011. Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Pēteris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tüür have dedicated cello concerti to him. In 2012 David Geringas performed three world premieres – Arvydas Malcys’ concerto In Memoriam in Kaunas, the Concerto per Violoncello by Silvia Colasanti in Milan and the Cello Concerto by Alexander Raskatov in Amsterdam. As a conductor, David Geringas performs regularly internationally and appears frequently in the dual role of cellist and conductor. From 2005 to 2008 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he made his debuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra und the China Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2009 he made his debut as a conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic in Moscow and in 2015 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg. His opera conducting debut followed in 2010 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Klaipeda (Lithuania). In 2015 David Geringas made his acclaimed debut as a music director and conductor of the ballet Eglė, the Queen of Grass Snakes by Eduardas Balsys in Vilnius. For decades David Geringas has taught a world-famous cello class which has produced such cello stars as Gustav Rivinius, Jens-Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Monika Leskovar, Tatjana Vassiljeva, Jing Zhao, Johannes Moser, Maximilian Hornung and Sol Gabetta. For his championing of Lithuanian music and composers, David Geringas has won the highest awards of his homeland. He was awarded the Verdienstkreuz (1st class) by Germany. David Geringas is honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatoire and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, as well as having received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. In the winter term of 2014–2015 David Geringas was a guest professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Born in 1947 in southwest Germany. Studied at the Academies of Music in Stuttgart and Detmold under Tibor Varga. Violist with Stuttgart’s Sьdfunk Symphony Orchestra and with the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra. Since 1971 he has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, becoming a soloist in 1984. Since its foundation in 1976 he has been a member of the Brandis Quartet. Orchestras he has appeared with include the Philharmonische Oktett Berlin, the Philharmonische Sextett Berlin, the Philharmonic Camerata, the Philharmonic Friends of Vienna and Berlin, the Philharmonic Virtuosi and other Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Cyprien Katsaris Piano Quintet, the World Orchestra for Peace (conductors Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev) and the Trio Berlin (which he founded, 1997 European Chamber Music Award from the European Parliament). In 2005 he became a founding member of Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin. Gives international master classes regularly at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg and has an extensive discography. He teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since 2001 he has been a professor of viola and chamber music at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is also a guest professor in Belgrade. Many of his former students are members of renowned European Orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Amsterdam.

Natalia Likhopoi ist Preisträgerin von vielen internationalen Wettbewerben, einschließlich der Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerb in Moskau und dem Kreisler-Wettbewerb in Wien, Tokyo-Wettbewerb und Ruggiero-Ricci-Wettbewerb in Berlin. Itzhak Perlman hielt ein öffentlichens Meisterkurs mit Natalia während seines ersten Besuchs des Moskauer Konservatoriums und nannte sie "die sovietische Perle Natalai Likhopoi". Likhopoi ist auch eine begnadete Kammermusikerin, zu deren häufigen Kammermusikpartner Musiker wie Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Viktor Tretiakov, Boris Berezovsky, Ivry Gitlis, Enrico Dindo, Luke Rayneri und viele andere zählen. Umfangreiche Diskographie zeichnet Glazunov Quartett, in dem Natalia Likhopoi viele Jahre die erste Geige war und die ganze Welt bereiste. Schon in ihrer Jugend gewann Natalia mehrmals den Rudzherro-Ricci-Preis und tratt mit Orchestern wie Berliner Philharmoniker und Leipzig Gewandhaus. Seitdem hat sie als Solist mit vielen westlichen Orchestern aufgetreten. Sie leitet eine aktive pädagogische Tätigkeit und beteiligt sich an der Jury vieler internationalen Wettbewerbe. Sie ist Professor an der Blackmore International Academy in Berlin und Wien und gibt regelmäßig Meisterkurse in Russland, Italien, Frankreich, Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz und vielen anderen Ländern. Natalia wurde in Moskau geboren und wurde seit dem sechsten Lebensjahr in die Klaase von Prof. Chugaeva aufgenommen. Das Studium an der Moskauer Konservatorium beim Prof. Viktor Tretiakov schloss Sie mit der Bestnote dank Ihrer brillianten Technik und aussergewöhnlichen Talents ab.

Tatyana Geringas comes from a Moscow musician family. At the age of five, she received her first piano lessons from her father, Neuhaus' pupil. At the age of 18 she performed the A-Major Piano Concerto by Mozart for the first time (the concert was broadcast on TV). She was then taken to the Prof. Heinrich Neuhaus’ master class at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After the passing of the famous teacher, she continued her studies with his son Stanislav Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. With David Geringas, whom she met during this time, she often played for Mstislav Rostropovich, studying numerous works with him. Playing in duo became her great passion. In 1970, David and Tatyana Geringas debuted in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and then numerous concerts in the whole Soviet Union as well as radio, television and record recordings followed. She taught at the Academic Music College at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the oldest music college in Moscow, founded in 1891. After Tatyana moved to Germany, the much-respected debut took place at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the Berliner Philharmonie in 1977. Since then, she has been playing highly praised recitals with David Geringas in the great concert halls on all five continents, and they are among the world's first guards of the formation cello and piano. Together with Prof. David Geringas, she taught the new generation of international Cello-elite, accompanied them at international competitions. She received high praise from Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier, Isaak Stern, Raya Garbousova, Leonard Rose and Antonio Janigro. As a professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, she often represented Prof. David Geringas. In Japan, she held several years of piano master classes at the Aspen Festival in Kanazawa. At the famous Scuola Musica Fiesole in Italy, she led a joint class with Prof. David Geringas for seven years. Numerous composers have dedicated works to Tatyana: Kzsystof Meyer, Viktor Suslin, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Friedhelm Döhl, Anatolijus Senderovas, Vytautas Barkauskas, Osvaldas Balakauskas and others. For the complete recording of the works by Alfred Schnittke, she received the prize of the "Schallplattenkritik" together with David Geringas. The works of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Schulhof were released by “Es-Dur” label. Tatjana Geringas was the first performer of Double concerto for cello, clavinova, chorus and orchestra by Anatolijus Senderovas in Vilnius under the direction of Robertas Shervenikas and "Blissful Music" (1997) for violoncello, piano and orchestra by Alexander Raskatov in Seattle under the direction of Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

Dr. Bora Lee began the study of the piano at age 5. She moved to Moscow, Russia at age 14, later graduating from Gnessin State Musical College with an Honors Diploma. After she came to the United States, she earned a B.M. from Oberlin College (2008) and two M.M. degrees from Indiana University (2010) and The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (2015) with dean’s talent scholarships and full tuition waivers. In 2013, she received a D.M.A. from The University of Illinois with full tuition waivers. Her doctoral document was entitled “Nikolai Kapustin: A Stylistic and Pedagogical Approach to Selected Piano Works.” For her piano playing, she won prizes at the Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Greece and the Rovere d’Oro Prize International Piano Competition in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy. Moreover, she was received Honorable Mention, Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition Berlin and Second Place Winner, Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition both in 2017 and Second Place Winner, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, NY in 2016. She has performed many solo and chamber recitals in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, and the United States. She had debut recitals at Young San Hall in 2008, Seoul Art Center in 2015 and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Also, she participated in and performed at Gala Concerts at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Italy (2006, 2007, and 2013). She has taken master classes with Boris Bloch, Seymour Bernstein, Jonathan Biss, Andrei Diev, Ian Hobson, Vassily Lobanov, Mikhail Voskresensky, and other top pianists. She has accompanied for various instruments, singers, and choruses. Notably, she has played and served as the main pianist for 25 years in various churches for choirs and praise teams in Korea, Russia, and the United States. In addition to her own solo performance pursuits, she has attended and given presentations at various international music conferences and workshops, such as the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy 2015, KKAP Symposium (Korea Association of Piano Pedagogy), the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids, and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. She has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since 2012. She served as Instructional Coordinator for the Piano Laboratory Program (UIUC School of Music Outreach Program) and as a master/lead teacher for piano majors, observing and supervising all instruction as well as coordinating teaching assignments among the teaching staff. She also taught group piano classes at The University of Illinois in 2010–11, and served as an accompanying and teaching assistant in 2011—15. In 2018, she also received Artist Diploma in harpsichord with Prof. Charlotte Moersh Mattax at The University of Illinois. Currently, she is pursuing Piano Professor and Music Manager in Blackmore International Music Academy in Berlin, Germany. Also, she is a director of 2019 Buchenau International Music Festival, Germany.