Title: Visiting Scholar, The Ariel Quartet (violin)
Office: Memorial Hall
Russian-born violinist Alexandra Kazovsky, a founding member of the Ariel String Quartet, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory under the guidance of Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. In addition, she has had the privilege of studying with Walter Levin (violinist for the famed former CCM quartet-in-residence The LaSalle Quartet) and Itzkah Perlman, as well as conducting studies at Musik-Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. Her solo career has included guest appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Philharmonic.
As a member of the Ariel String Quartet (CCM String Quartet-in-Residence since 2012), Kazovsky has shared in winning the Cleveland Quartet Award, Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (South Bend, Ind.), First Prize International at the “Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” Competition (Graz, Austria) and 3rd prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Banff, Alberta, Canada). (The group also received the Székely Prize at the Banff Competition for Bartók performance.) She has been honored to share the stage with notable performers including Menahem Pressler, Alisa Weilerstein, David Krakauer, the American String Quartet and the Jerusalem String Quartet. During their stay at CCM, they have had the honor of giving a complete performance of all of Beethoven's string quartets (dubbed "The Cycle") in early 2014, a feat they also repeated at the University of South Florida and SubCulture (New York).
Kazovsky and the other members of the Quartet are touring and concertizing extensively in North and South America, Canada, Europe, Israel and Asia; these travels have included multiple appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as prestigious international locations including Kaisersaal (Frankfurt, Germany), Musée du Louvre (Paris) and others.
For more information, please visit the Ariel String Quartet's website.