Evgenia Epshtein




Evgenia Epshtein was born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), Russia. She began her violin studies at age of six and completed the High School for Gifted Musicians with Vladimir Milshtein. Evgenia immigrated to Israel in 1990. There she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her Masters Degree. During her studies at the Academy she won several violin prizes and chamber music competitions and took part in the masterclasses of Isaak Stern, Henry Mayer and Zakhar Bron.

Evgenia Epshtein was a co- founder of the Aviv string quartet, who won the 3rd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999 Grand Prix and four special prizes), the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003) and the Charles Hennen Music competition (1999 Netherlands). Other top prizes include the Schubert and Modernity competition (2003 Graz, Austria, 2nd prize and special Schubert prize) and the Prague Spring Competition (1998 2nd prize). The Aviv quartet were also proclaimed as the "Best young ensemble" by the Culture Ministries of Germany and Israel ( 1999, 2000, 2003, 2008).

As a soloist she has performed with Reconsil Sinfoniega Vienna, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, the Split Symphony Orchestra and the Ashdod and Ramat Gan Symphony Orchestra. She has given recitals in all major Israeli venues and radio broadcasts in Stockholm, Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Guadalajara, Lagos, Vienna, Zagreb, Varaždin, Split, Prague, London.

Currently Evgenia Epshtein is a docent of Split Academy of Arts, professor of violin and chamber music since 2011, and Artistic Director of the summer school ‘Summer Con Spirito’ in Trogir, Croatia, and the winter string school ‘Winter Con Spirito’ in Vinkovci, Croatia.

Previousy, Evgenia had taught as an assistant to violin professor Mr. Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam RoyalA.

As a violinist and chamber musician Evgenia frequently gives masterclasses, for example at the Isa international Summer Academy, Prague Music Academy, ‘Keshet eilon’ violin course and other courses throughout Europe.