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Vera Vaidman (Violin, Viola)

Born: St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia (former USSR)

The Russian-born Isaraeli violinst and violist, Vera Vaidman, studied in Moscow - first at the Central High School of Music and later at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Her major teachers were Boris Belenky and David Oistrakh.

Immediately upon arriving in Israel in 1973, Vera Vaidman took part in Isaac Stern's master courses at the Jerusalem Music Centre and went on to appear frequently as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and chamber music performer. She was heard with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta and Andre Kostelanetz, the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai, the Jerusalem Symphony, led by Gerard Schwarz, Lukas Foss and other conductors, and with all the other orchestras in the country.

Vera Vaidman has toured Europe on numerous occasions as recitalist and soloist with various orchestras, performing, inter alia, the entire J.S. Bach violin solo repertoire and the 10 violin sonatas by L.v. Beethoven. Performed recitals at the Oxford and Cambridge Universities. On Paul Hindemith's 100th birthday, she performed his violin concerto at the Hindemith festival in Stuttgart, Germany; she also appeared as soloist in the Dvorak violin concerto in Concepcion, Chile. She has given recitals in New York (at the Merkin Hall), Chicago, New Haven, Rochester, New York, at the Oberlin, Smith and Dartmouth Colleges, Seoul National University (Korea), as well as the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and was heard as a soloist with Jerusalem Symphony in the USA. Her Israel-recorded CD has won international critical acclaim. In December 2005 she gave the world premiere of the violin concerto by Alexander-Uriyah Boskovich (written 60 years ago, but its final version never performed before). In 2014, she premiered in Israel (February) and New York (March 26) the transcription for violin solo, by Noam Sivan, of the Franz Liszt's B-minor Piano Sonata. Her recording of the Sonata was issued on the Romeo Records label (New York).

Twice Vera Vaidman was invited to participate in the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, performing and recording there with Rudolf Serkin, András Schiff, Philipp Naegele, and other artists. She also took part in Israel's Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival and went on European tour with a group of the Festival participants. In addition, she participated in St. Cyprien festival in France, Gotland and Sommarmusik pa Naset festivals in Sweden, the Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Encuentros Internacionales de Musica in Alcobendas (Madrid), Spain, CIM Festival at Weikersheim Castle, Germany, Dino Ciani Festival in Italy, and Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice, France.

Vera Vaidman was a founding member and artistic co-director of the semi-annual chamber music festival in Zichron Ya'acov, Israel. For eight years she was the first violinist of the former H.Gertler string quartet, appearing with that group in the framework of Israel Festival and on tour in France, Spain, England, Belgium and Germany. She has also served the music director and leader of Ramat Hasharon Camerata women string orchestra.

Since 2007, Vera Vaidman performs also on viola. During the 2012-2013 season, presented at the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv the complete works by J.S. Bach for unaccompanied bowed instruments: three sonatas and three partitas for violin as well as six cello suites (on viola). She has performed J.S. Bach recitals on both instruments also in Spain, Germany, Finland and Poland.

Vera Vaidman has conducted master-classes in USA (the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Oberlin, Smith, Dartmouth Colleges), England (Royal College, London), France (CNR Conservatoires of Paris and Boulogne), Germany, Denmark (Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen), Sweden (Royal Music College, Stockholm), Italy (Bologna Conservatory), the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Georgia (Tbilisi State Conservatoire), Serbia (the Novi Sad Music Academy), Finland (Turku Conservatory), Poland (Bydgoszcz Academy of Music), Serbia (Novi Sad Academy of Music), Hungary, Turkey and taught for 15 consecutive years at International Summer Academy in Suolahti, Finland. Presently, she is an artist-faculty at the Mantta Summer Music Festival and Academy, Finland, as well as the International Summer Academy in Nice, France. She currently lives in Tel-Aviv Israel.

Source: Vera Vaidman Website; Photos 01-02, 04-05, 07: Pri-Or, Tel Aviv
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2016)

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