Tatjana Masurenko (Germany-Russia)
Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players worldwide. Her broad concert repertoire includes the viola concertos by Walton, Bartok and Hindemith, as well as modern works by Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Kancheli, and rarely performed concertos by Hartmann and Bartel. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with leading orchestras in Europe and Asia, and at major international festivals. She began music study in St Petersburg, followed by studies in Germany with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert Blomstedt, and she worked with composers Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Luca Lombardi, Nejat Başeğmezler and the recently deceased Gladys Krenek. Award-winning CD recordings attained the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Supersonic Award (Luxemburg), and the Diapason découverte (France). She was appointed professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Theater, Leipzig, in 2001 and the High School of Music in Sion, Switzerland. She gives masterclasses worldwide, and is the artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik, Turkey. Tatjana is a Keshet Eilon Faculty member.