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Sergey OstrovskySergey Ostrovsky has been described by Isaac Stern as " of the most outstanding Israeli violinists". Sergey was born in 1975 in Russia to a family of musicians, and has built an active and successful career as the First Violinist of the Aviv Quartet, as a soloist and as First Concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande de Genève, Orchestre Comunidad,Valenciana of Palau Des le Arts in Valencia, Spain and Violin Professor of HEM de Geneve Neuchatel branch).

Sergey began playing at the age of 6, inspired by the great talent and extraordinary musicianship of his father Valery Ostrovsky, a concert pianist and professor whose pedagogical touch and knowledge assisted him throughout his studies. as well as coaching Sergey, his father was his accompanist from 1990 - 2002. Sergey first studied with David Lapidus in the Music School for 8 years, during which time he made his first public concert appearance at the age of 8 and performed for the first time with a symphony orchestra at the age of 13.

In the Music College of Gorky Conservatory, Sergey continued his studies with Lazar Gantman and Yury Gluchovsky. In 1991 the Ostrovsky family emigrated to Israel, where he pursued his studies with Prof. Yair Kless and Irina Svetlova at the Rubin Academy Tel Aviv (from 2005-Buchmann-Mehta High School of Music). He completed his Bachelor Degree Diploma with Natalia Morozova in 2000 and his Master Degree Diploma in Amsterdam Conservatory with Alexander Kerr in 2002.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff, Bernard Guller, Uriel Segal and Maxim Vengerov.

Sergey has recorded the Mozart Concertone for two violins with Maxim Vengerov and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra for EMI Classics. In 2010, he recorded less known Russian concertos by Anton Arensky, Jules Conus and a world premiere recording of a Concertino op. 42 by Mieczysław Weinberg, for Naxos.

Sergey Ostrovsky teaches Chamber Music and is actively involved in conducting youth and professional orchestras. He plays a 1716 violin made by Giovanni Grancinno, purchased with the generous support of Mr. James Mayer and "Tzfonot Tarbut", a non-profit organization for supporting arts in Israel.

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Philippe Villafranca

Philippe studied at Lyon’s Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, in London Guildhall School of Music and in Basel, in the classes of Roland Daugareil, Boris Garlitzky and Krzyztov Smietana. He also worked with Igor Ozim, Tibor Varga, Matis Vaystner and Marie-Annick Nicolas.

Prize winner of several international competitions such as Concours International d’Avignon, Andrea Postacchini in Fermo and Romano Romanini in Brescia, he received the 1st prize of the Fondation Internationale Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris.

At the age of 21, Philippe won his first position as associate concertmaster at the Orchestre National de Lorraine and was appointed later first concertmaster at the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Since 2015 he is leading the Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg and receives regular invitations by international orchestras like the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, La Chambre Philharmonique, Opéra de Marseille, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife or Kammerorchester Basel. Philippe is also member of the French ensemble Les Dissonances led by violinist David Grimal.

As a passionate chamber music partner Philippe plays second violin in the renowed Aviv Quartet and performs regularly with David Grimal, Renaud Capucon, or flutist Loïc Schneider. Together with the soprano Polina Pasztircsák he recorded Shostakovich’ Romances for the label Ysaye Records, and with harpist Manon Louis, No piano no problem for the Label Animato.

Philippe is concertmaster of the Collegium Musicum Basel and violin Professor at the Musikakademie Basel and the Conservatoire of Neuchâtel.


Après ses études au Conservatoire de Grenoble, Philippe est admis à l'age de quinze ans au Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon dans la classe de Roland Daugareil. Il se perfectionne ensuite à la Guildhall School of Music de Londres dans la classe de Krzyztov Smietana, puis auprès de Rafael Oleg à la Hochschule für Musik de Bâle.
Durant ses études, il recevra également les conseils de Tibor Varga, Igor Ozim, Matis Vaystner et Marie-Annick Nicolas.

Lauréat de plusieurs concours internationaux (Avignon, Nuremberg, Musique d'Ensembles, Andrea Postacchini à Fermo, Città di Brescia), il reçoit en 2001 le 1er prix de la Fondation Internationale Nadia et Lili Boulanger.

À l’âge de vingt-et- un ans, il obtient le poste de premier violon solo de l’Orchestre National de Lorraine, puis est nommé violon solo de l'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.
Depuis 2015, il est violon solo de l’Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg et est régulièrement invité comme violon solo dans de nombreux orchestres comme l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, le Kammerorchester Basel, l’Opéra de Marseille, l’Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife ou la Chambre Philharmonique.

Second violon du Quatuor Aviv avec lequel il se produit en Europe, USA-Canada, Israël, et Amérique du Sud, Philippe joue aussi régulièrement en compagnie de David Grimal au sein de l'ensemble Les Dissonances.
En compagnie de la soprano Polina Pasztircsak, il a enregistré en 2010 les Romances de Chostakovitch pour le label Ysaye Records, ainsi que l’album No piano no problem avec la harpiste Manon Louis.

Philippe est premier violon solo du Collegium Musicum Basel et Professeur de violon à la Musikakademie Basel ainsi qu'au Conservatoire de Neuchâtel.

Philippe Villafranca joue un violon de Giovanni Grancino, 1705.


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noemie-360Born in Paris in 1988, Noémie Bialobroda studied with Nobuko Imai and Miguel Da Silva at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève and with Jean Sulem in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Noemie has won prizes in numerous competitions and scholarship including the Beethoven International Viola Competition 2010, the Fondation Hirschmann (Switzerland) and the Fondation Meyer (France).

As a passionate chamber musician, she has played with Luis Claret, Boris Garlitsky, Francois Guye, Philippe Müller, Tedi Papavrami, Jean Sulem, Jean-Pierre Wallez, the Rosamonde String Quartet for concerts in France, Germany, Spain, China, Switzerland, Austria, USA and Israël.

She joins the Aviv Quartet in 2014.

Very active in contemporary music, she works regularly with the Ensemble Modern in Francfort and the IRCAM in Paris. Two new pieces for viola and electronics have been written for her and premiered at the IRCAM.

She has recorded her first CD for the label « jeunes solistes » of the Fondation Meyer which includes Sequenza VI by L.Berio, Sonate by B.A.Zimmermann, Notturni Brillanti by S.Sciarrino, Prologie by G.Grisey and Sonate op 25 n°1 de P.Hindemith.

She is a Viola Professeur at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève since 2010 and at the Conservatoire de Lausanne for pre-College students since 2014.

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Daniel MitnitskyDaniel Mitnitsky began his cello studies with Zvi Harell in Tel Aviv. Daniel was a member of the David Goldman Outstanding Young Musicians Program of the Jerusalem Music Centre and has been a recipient of scholarships for cello and chamber music from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 2001. Daniel received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv University), as student of Zvi Harell, graduating with honors, winning the school’s concerto competition and first prize in the chamber music competition. Daniel has recently graduated with a Masters degree and a Graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory as student of Natasha Brofsky and Paul Katz. At NEC, Daniel has been a member of the Honors Ensemble program and a recipient of the Edward Hyde Cox Presidential Scholarship. Winner of the Rachel and Dov Gottesman cello prize in the 2012 Aviv Competition in Tel Aviv. Participated in master classes with David Geringas, Phillipe Muller, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman and Frans Helmerson, and was invited to study with Bernard Greenhouse in 2008. Over the years, Daniel has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, of the Juilliard string quartet, Talich string quartet, Jacques Thibaud string trio and composers Steven Stucky, John Corigliano and John Heiss. Daniel also performed in the Keshet Eilon Mastercourse, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Academy and the Perlman Music Program.

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