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Violin & Viola

Andrey Baranov - Invited Violin Teacher

Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2012, he is also a winner of Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prizewinner of more than twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, Paganini (Moscow)  international competitions. Alongside his solo career Andrey also performs with the David Oistrakh String Quartet, an ensemble he founded with other leading young Russian musicians in 2012.

Born in  St Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians, Andrey began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St-Petersburg and Consevatoire de Lausanne. He studied with L. Ivaschenko, V. Ovcharek, P. Popov, but the most important teacher for Andrey will always be the legendary french violinist Pierre Amoyal. Andrey also has taken masterclasses from B. Kushnir, L. Isakadze, K. Kashkashian among many others.

Since making his major debut  in 2005 at St.-Petersburg Philharmonic hall under V. Petrenko and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey has performed on renowned stages throughout the world including Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Großer Saal Mozarteum, Cadogan Hall London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tchaikovsky hall in Moscow, Mariinsky concert hall and St.-Petersburg Philharmonic halls.

Andrey has already appeared with leading international orchestras including Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, MusicAeterna Orchestra, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Royal Phiharmonic London, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra under conductors T. Currentzis, V. Petrenko, V. Fedoseev, M. Tabachnik, W. Weller, E. Krivine and Y. Temirkanov, K. Nagano, T. Sanderling among others.

Andrey has performed alongside such artists as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Pavel Vernikov, Pierre Amoyal, Eliso Virsaladze, Liana Isakadze.

Aged only 23 Andrey was appointed as teaching assistant to Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and has since been in demand as a teacher at many international masterclasses. He has been invited to institutions in Bangkok, Chicago, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Moscow, Manchester and more.

Miguel Negri - Violin Teacher

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Miguel Negri comes from a multicultural family with Italian, French and Irish roots. Following the love for the violin infused by his father, Miguel soon stands out in Argentina as one of the most remarkable violinists of his generation and after wining the Banco Mayo International Music Competition, goes to Canada to continue his studies with Vladimir Landsman.

Shortly thereafter, Alberto Lysy invites him to travel to Gstaad, Switzerland, where Miguel is privileged to meet his mentor, Lord Menuhin, and becomes part of the Camerata Lysy for 4 years. In this period of study together with Alberto Lysy and Lord Menuhin, Miguel develops his aesthetic sensibility and absorbs the great knowledge of the violinistic tradition from Enesco and Menuhin.

After his studies in Gstaad at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Miguel Negri was sent by Yehudi Menuhin to Luebeck, Germany, to learn from the eminent pedagogue Prof. Zakhar Bron, who also taught Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin and Daniel Hope among others.

Miguel Negri stayed in Luebeck with Zakhar Bron for 10 years, where after learning from his successfully pedagogical methods, started his own pedagogical career. Several Negri students are today concertmasters of leading European orchestras, have a solo career or are violin professors at different universities.

Miguel Negri has developed his own teaching method and his first book “Miguel Negri – The Ultimate Violin Method, Volume 1. Building from Scratch” has been recently published.

Nuria Alonso - Assistant teacher of Violin & Viola

Born in Bilbao, Spain, Nuria begins her violin studies at the age of 8 with the soloist viola of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Víctor Doru Artenie.

Wife of Miguel Negri, Nuria is also a violinist and a former student at the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía” in Madrid. After finishing her studies in Madrid, she goes to Lübeck to further improve her playing with Zakhar Bron. She also participates in different master classes with prestigious artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Ruggiero Ricci, Igor Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin.

In addition to her duties as an assistant in the violin and viola class, Nuria is in charge of the well- being of the School’s resident students, also maintaining close communication with their parents.

Negri Violin Program

A reduced group of very gifted children attend the Negri Violin Program at the School while some of them gain experience playing the viola in chamber music. We also welcome students for whom the viola is their principal instrument.
Each week all students have three individual lessons on their main instrument with their principal teacher and 1-2 lesson by the assistant if needed.

In addition to the weekly classes, the students also rehears regularly with the piano accompanist on the repertoire they are working at that time.

Students also profit from attending concerts and general rehearsals performed by the great artists who every year visit the region for the different music festivals, such as the Sommets Musicaux winter festival or the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in summer.
We also invite recognised pedagogues and soloists who inspire our students through personal encounters and masterclasses.