Eduard Grach (Russia)
A legendary Russian violinist, soloist of the State Philharmonic Society and head of the violin faculty of the Moscow Conservatory, Edward Grach holds the title People’s Artist of the USSR. He was a prizewinner of a number of international competitions, graduating from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Abram Yampolsky. One of the most active Russian musicians today, he has performed extensively in his homeland and abroad for over 60 years, recording some 100 discs. In 1995, 2002 and 2003 “Music Review” magazine named him Best Teacher in Russia. Many of his students have won prestigious international competitions, among them Keshet Eilon graduates Alena Baeva, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Julia Igonina, Haik Kazazian and Hyuk-Joo Kwun. During 2008-09 alone they earned 19 such prizes. He gives masterclasses worldwide and is president and jurist of many international competitions. He is the founder and conductor of the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra, all of whose violinists are his students. He is a recipient of many state orders, including the Order of Merit for Russia twice. Edward Grach is a longtime Keshet Eilon faculty member.