Before taking up his current positions in the UK (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), Sebastian Müller served on the violin faculty of the Hanover Music Conservatoire, Germany.
Müller has brought over 70 students into the profession, many of whom play in Europe’s major orchestras or have won national competitions, grants and scholarships. He is widely recognised for achieving technical excellence with his students, his teaching being rooted in concepts of physical economy in combination with elements of the great Galamian tradition of violin playing. He collaborates with scientists and practitioners in the fields of psychology and movement science and has filed a patent application on a method of establishing an individual optimal static concept of the violin hold/posture.
Müller trained with P. Zukerman, R. Capuçon, S. Picard and D. Hahn and studied at the Berlin (Hanns Eisler), Amsterdam and Hanover Conservatoires, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,London, where he was awarded an artist fellowship upon his graduation. His extensive performance career has seen him feature as soloist with the major violin concerto – and core recital repertoire throughout Europe, USA, Latin America and Russia. He has acted as principal leader and soloist of the German String Orchestra and worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia.
He plays on a violin by Peter Greiner.
For 2021/22 Müller has been appointed to the faculty of the Escuela Superior de Música Valencia, Spain
Janna Gandelman was born in Kishinev, Moldavia. At the age of 5 she started to play violin taking lessons with Professor Weiner. Already at a very young age she has won numerous competitions still in the Soviet Union, National Violin Competition, Stoliarsky School Competition, International competition of USSR and Auer Competition.
After immigration to Israel in 1979 she has continued her studies with legendary violin pedagogue, Professor Bondarenko, who was David Oistrach’s assistant. Also in 1979 Janna was accepted to be a part of the most famous cultural foundations in the world, American-Israel Cultural Foundation, which promoted and still to this day promotes many prestigious cultural projects. As a member of this foundation, Janna Gandelman has performed in many countries around the world. During her studies in Tel Aviv Music Academy with Professor Kless, Janna has won many competitions as: Clearmonunt and Shapira in Israel, Lipitzer in Italy, Atlanta competition, just to name a few.
Janna Gandelman has been a member of many great music ensembles of Israel, which include: Musica Nova, Caprizma, 21 century, Concertmeister of Israel Camerata and many more. As a soloist she has performed with many great conductors, Garry Bertini, Asher Fish, Mendi Rodan and many more. Janna has also been a concertmeister of Flemish Chamber orchestra.
Being a very active chamber musician, she has performed with musicians as: Gidon Kremer, Isaak Stern, Eliso Versaladze, Sol Gabetta and many more, participating in worlds most prestigious festivals as Bloomington, Schleswig-Holstein, Israel, Jerusalem Chamber music Festival.
This fall she will record a violin concerto by Kara Karaev for the Naxos label.
Janna Gandelman has given master classes all over the world including: Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Norway and a special project in Israel called Polyphony, which brings Arab and Jewish students together through music.
Janna Gandelman is concertmeister of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Jerusalem Conservatory Ha Sadna and Nazareth Conservatory, which is a project of Daniel Barenboim. She is teaching at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.
Janna plays on J.B. Guadagnini loaned generously by the Yehuda Zisapel Foundation.
Dmitry Yablonsky was born in Moscow into a musical family.
At a very early age he showed musical talent and at 6 was accepted at Central Music School for Gifted children already having an absolute pitch. Cello became his instrument and at 9 he played Haydn C major cello concerto with Gennady Provatorov conducting. During these few years before immigration Dmitry has performed in many cities of the former Soviet Union. In 1975 his mother a famed pianist Oxana Yablonskaya applied for a visa to leave the Soviet Union and was denied. For more then 2 years authorities did not let the family leave. With then help of many people and including signatures of artists as Catherine Hepburn, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen King and many others, visa was finally issued.
Upon arriving in New York City, in june 1977, Dmitry auditioned for Juilliard School of Music and was accepted.
After Juilliard he went to Curtis Institute of Music and then spent 4 years in Yale University.
In 1979 he was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music festival where he was the young participant.
Dmitry’s cello teachers have been: Isaak Buravsky, Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova, Lorne Munroe, David Soyer, not to mention lessons and master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron, Janos Starker and many others. In Yale Dmitry took conducting class with Otto Werner Muller, who is considered one of the most influential conducting teachers in USA.
Dmitry Yablonsky has performed in halls as: La Scala, Carnegie Hall, Moscow Grand Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic,
Taiwan National Hall, Codagan Hall, Cite de la Musique, Madrid Auditorium, just to name a few.
Dmitry started to conduct in 1989 in Camerino, Italy and since then has been very active as conductor as well.
He has collaborated with orchestras such as: Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow Soloists, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, De Filarmonie, Russian State Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Opera Orchestra Richon LeZion, Tenerife Orchestra, Lamoureux Orchestra, Orchestra National d’Ile de France, Belgian National orchestra, OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico and many more. Dmitry Yablonsky has Chief Conductor of Kiev Soloists and since 2016 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, which play from Vivadi to Mahlre symphonies. Dmitry Yablonsky and Kiev Virtuosi started to record for the Naxos label and future releases include: Shostakovich Chamber symphonies, Silvestrov, Pleyel and Hofmann cello concertos, Italian Areas with Azer Rzazadeh, Dvorak cello concertos and much more.
Dmitry Yablonsky has collaborated with musicians as: Monserrat Caballe, Olga Borodina, Eldar Abdrazakov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Roberto Alagna, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitry Kitayenko, Vadim Repin and many more.
He has been very active in organising music festivals all over the world and in 2009 together with Pianist Farhad Badabeyli organised a large scale festival in Gabala, Azerbaijan, where many world name orchestras and musicians come to share musical experience.
He has made more then 80 CDs for Naxos, Chandos and Warner/Erato labels. He is Grammy Nominee, Honorary Academician of the Independent Academy of Liberal Arts at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Artistic Personality of Azerbaijan, Professor at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Head of International Relations.
For his cello concerts he uses Matteo Goffriller and Joseph fillius Andrea Guarneri.