There are students of all kinds in my Quartet Class. Some of them have come on their own, some on the recommendation of specialty teachers or older friends, and some were just placed there. I make sure that the atmosphere in my class is creative and that the students get many opportunities to appear at concerts: class concerts, cathedral concerts, thematic concerts etc. We often have projects to work on – festivals, competitions, master classes. I always pay close attention to the choice of repertoire.
First of all, I focus on the desires and preferences of the students themselves (unless, of course, we are talking of the final exam or another performance of major importance), because where the chamber music is concerned, the main thing is to work with gusto. Then the possible technical problems either do not arise at all or may be solved with comparative ease.
The list of pupils gets longer and longer every year and, of course, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to work with such wonderful young musicians as:
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Dmitry Khakhamov, Polina Borisova, Sergey Yarovoy, Vera Pritchina, Artiom Rudenko, Anton Khlynov, Tigran Suzhiyants, Mion Nakamura, Ono Yui, Makio Horie, Armen Nazarian, Lorenzo Mazzamuto, Dragan Sredojevich, Eliza Khanafina, Stepan Starikov, Elena Pshenichnaya, Daria Barlybaeva, Mark Gorshkov, Gershon Chervinsky, Nikita Budnetsky, Anna Karpuk, Alena Shapochka, Vasilisa Chaplinskaya, Dmitry Kosolapov, Anna Penkina, Emma Alikova, Alexandra Adianova, Ilya Chkhaidze, Danila Popov, Yaroslav Srodnykh, Ksenia Khripunova (Gaisina), Cetin Ceviz, Daniel Salazar Serrano, Dmitry Novikov, Artiom Len, Andrey Ivanov, Kirill Voinkov, Maxim Nagovitsyn, Anastasiya Terekhova, Vera Butysina, Kamilla Bikkulova, Nelli Tsinman, Kristina Lukmanova, Alexandra Izenkova, Vera Korovina, Polina Shupilova, Nikolay Charnukha, Alexander Serdyukov, Tatiana Polyakova, Roman Vikulov, Nikita Sidorov, Lidia Aristova, Angelina Mironova-Veligurskaya, Irina Karmanova, Daria Zaboleva, Alexander Kozlov, Nikita Ruzhavinsky, Elizaveta Ruzhavinskaya, Dmitry Borodin, Chung Man Jung, Sepel Tsoy, Ekaterina Sultanova, Anna Mokrenko, Veronika Roschina, Diana Tetermazova, Daria Maltseva, Meruert Karmenova, Andrey Roszyk, Yuriy Atvinovsky, Anna Koshkina, Linda Gilbert and other.
Darya Motuz, Alexandra Pertseva, Shamil Shaikhutdinov and Alexander Avramchik have formed the Life-Quartet that won the V. Berlinsky Moscow Competition for String Quartets in 2012 and received the diploma of the N. G. Rubinstein International Competition for Chamber Ensembles and String Quartets (Moscow, 2013). They took part in concerts and master classes of the International Music Festival in Hvide Sande (Denmark). In 2014 their Quartet became the laureate of the L. Auer International Festival Competition for Violinists and String Quartets in St. Petersburg (III prize). In 2015-2016 the musicians continued their studies and took the Master’s Degree course on a specialty ‘string quartet’ with Professor Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet) at the Conservatory of Maastricht in the Netherlands.