Orchestra
Elena Makarova
Vladimir Sharifullin
Eldar Nagiev
Ekaterina Sivtsova
Ekaterina Moshkova
Tatiana Vostryakova
Evgenia Ivanova
Anna Guryeva
Elena Uskova
Natalia Zhuk
Julia Kuzova
Elena Mikhailova
Svetlana Tarasenko
Natalia Kazarnovskaya
Tatiana Ershova
Maria Tyutina
Olga Fayzullina
Polina Kovalchuk
Evgenia Masloboyeva
Violetta Berestenkova
Tatyana Kuznetsova
Sofia Nekrasova
Luiza Sabitkhanova
Eva Filatova
Maria Rogozina
Artyom Iyutin
Ekaterina Sibiryakova
Marina Averina
Elvira Abramenko
Olga Fridman
Anna Fomicheva
Ekaterina Lyzhina
Karina Pakharukova
Ekaterina Novokreschenova
Nikolay Eryomenko
Anna Petrova
Olga Tarkhanova
Lyubov Surkova
Tatiana Dyndina
Viktoria Fedorova
Olga Yurkina
Julia Guryanova
Valentina Astakhova
Daria Pack
Elena Ivaschenko
Elmira Kharina
Evgenia Vlasova
Roman Averin
Larisa Levitskaya
Anton Grishkin
Vladislava Markova
Olga Kitaikina
Irina Filatova
Valery Tolstykh
Ekaterina Artemieva
Ivan Saltikov
Alyona Kartseva
Vera Lazareva
Duman Zhamalkozh
Natalia Sokolova
Mikhail Shakirov
Irina Temirbaeva
Natalia Nagibneva
Dmitry Ivantsov
Vladimir Ishunkin
Lyudmila Romanova
Igor Lomatchenko
Darya Maklashova
Zoya Urakova
Ekaterina Uspenskaya
Aleksandra Onuchak
Vasily Kulagin
Yulia Vasilieva
Aleksandr Pozdnyakov
Sergey Kamyshev
Anton Pakharukov
Roman Stepanov
Evgeny Lyzhin
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Olga Buseva
Kristina Guskova
Roman Votyakov
Andrey Korotchenkov
Ilya Kolotovkin
Natalia Goncharova
Vladimir Dranitsa
Tatiana Yankovskaya
Sergey Brodsky
Olga Lisovitskaya
Natalia Obogrelova
Alla Melekhova
Yakov Nagovitsin
Pavel Kozhin
Dmitry Ivanenko
Nikolay Levashov
Sophia Afanasieva
Sergey Zaytsev
Arkady Makarov
Alexander Biryukov
Igor Balobolka
Vladimir Buzhigeev
Ilya Lunyushkin
Nikolay Shevchenko
Jury Gukovsky
Anton Titov
Valentina Popova
Konstantin Usov
Arsen Sarkazak
Ilya Karmanov
Natalya Usova
Igor Koscheev
Andrey Frolov
Dmitry Lykhin
Matvei Filimonchenko
Buyan Baikara
Vladislav Filipenko
Akim Zholbaskhanov
Nikolai Borisov
Mikhail Sokolov
Andrey Sivtsov
Sergey Yakovlev
Ivan Lazarev
Igor Matlak
Vladimir Pavlik
Alexander Teplyuk
Ivan Baklanov
Anton Masloboev
Ivan Kozin
Beibit Mukhamedin
Luisa Gimatdinova
Viktor Ogorodnikov
Yury Duykov
Dmitry Klyauster
Danil Lykov
Alexander Shestakov
Denis Kostin
Svyatoslav Karagedov
Egor Kobelev
Sergey Afonasevich
Vladimir Vysotin
Grigory Eroshkin
Timofei Temirbaev
Stanislav Kosvintsev
Roman Oslopov
Roman Matusevich
Tatiana Kuchina

Guest conductors

Ilya Konovalov

Award winner of Russian national and international competitions

Ilya Konovalov was born in Novosibirsk to a family of musicians. His grandfather Isidor Arkadyevich Zak was the first Principal Conductor of the Novosibirsk opera and ballet theatre.

His first teachers were professor Alexey Gvozdev and legendary master Zakhar Bron, whose disciples won biggest international competitions over one hundred times. He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Dora Schwarzberg.

Back in the day, when he was studying in Novosibirsk Ilya won a prize at Russian national competition of young performers and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. That was followed by concerts in Russia, Europe, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Japan. He cooperated with such top class ensembles as Vladimir Spivakov’s Moscow Virtuosi, Musica Viva, the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestras of Netherlands, Israel, Switzerland. He shared the stage with the following world renowned musicians: Zubin Mehta, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Dora Schwarzberg, Mischa Maisky, Alexander Rudin and other. At the age of twenty he won the competition for the first violin at Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Besides that, for five years he has been a guest accompanist with the Mariinsky orchestra under Valery Gergiev in St.-Petersburg.

Since 2006 Ilya has been teaching violin classes at Tel Aviv University.

His violin has an amazing background of its own. It was crafted by the great Antonio Stradivari in 1732 and entitled Hercules. Since 1895 it was owned by a famous Belgian violinist, conductor and composer Eugène Ysaÿe. During the concert at the Mariinsky Theatre the violin was stolen. The thing is that Ysaÿe preferred the items made by Guarneri since he felt like they fit better his temper and the one made by Stradivari was left in the dressing room as a spare one. Since 1908 Hercules was considered lost for good. Then in 1925 the violin was found at a store in Paris. In 1925 – 1960 Hersules was owned by Principal Conductor of Boston Symphony Orchestra Charles Munch, later in 1962 it passed to a polish virtuoso violinist Henryk Szeryng. In 1972 Szeryng presented Ysaÿe’s favorite instrument to Jerusalem only to be played by the first violin of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which post has been held by Ilya Konovalov for the past 20 years.