Executive Secretary of the Competition
Alla Aranovskaya is the founding first violinist of the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, and has been intensively touring throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Her many honors include a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” in both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, and top prizes at several international chamber music competitions including Melbourne, Australia (1991); Tokyo, Japan (1989); and Florence, Italy (1989),
I Shostakovich International Quartet Competition, Russia .
Highlights of her career include performances at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Dublin National Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall and appearance at such festivals as Luzern (Switzerland), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), MIMO (Brazil), Buxton (England), Fishguard (Wales), Music Mountain, Rockport, Mainly Mozart in San Diego, and many more. She has recently collaborated with such internationally renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Michael Tree, Peter Donohoe, and Misha Dichter. Alla Aranovskaya is also a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet that debuted in New York in May 2014.
In 2014, Alla initiated a revival of one of the first violin competitions in the world; the Leopold Auer International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. She’s been serving as a jury member of the competition since then.
Alla more than 30 years of teaching experience include professorships in St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia; Oberlin Conservatory, and Wichita State University, USA. Her students have won numerous prizes at national and international competitions. In addition, she regularly gives master classes and workshops around the world. Before launching a chamber music career, Ms. Aranovskaya was a member of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev.
She is received her education at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in St. Petersburg, Russia, where her primary teachers were Mark Komissarov, Wieniawsky Competition winner, and Vladimir Ovcharek, the first violinist of the Taneyev String Quartet.
She was a II prize winner of the All-Russian Violin Competition (1985).