Praised for "sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style" (‘Sulzbach-Rosenberg”, Germany) violinist Arik Braudehas performed as a soloist with orchestrasin the U.S., Europe and Asia. His recent performances of concertos by Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn (double) with the JVNY camerata in repeated appearances at New York’s Bargemusic as well as in Geneva (Switzerland) and throughout France brought audiences to its feet. Mr. Braude has also appeared as soloist with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Belgorod Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Antwerp Chamber Orchestra (Belgium), and numerous festival orchestras, including the International Master Players (Switzerland), the Yehudi Menuhin Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), and the Minsk Orchestra of Belo Russia (Fetes musicales de Savoie, France).
An avid chamber musician Mr. Braude has appeared at Music@Menlo (CA), Bargemusic (NY), Mainz Kammerorchester chamber music series (Germany), Festival des Arcs (France), Fetes musicales de Savoie (France), Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany), Musicales Internationales (France), Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), as well numerous concert series in Belgium, France and Italy.He has recorded for Music@Menlo, Talent Cassics and Le Chant de Linos labels and has performed on France 3 and Belgium Radio/TV.
Mr. Braude was deeply inspired by his father and first violin teacher, the late Nathan V. Braude, a well-known violin professor in the Soviet Union and a student of the legendary Abram Yampolsky. Arik Braude dedicated much of his energies to pedagogy and has been instrumental in raising a number of brilliant young professional musicians in New York city. Mr. Braude’s students have appeared as soloistswith orchestras in the U.S., France and Germany, including the New York Philharmonic and the Little Orchestra Society (NYC). They have been given opportunities to collaborate with some of the leading chamber musicians in New York City and have won numerous competitions, including From the Top. His students have served as concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony, and have performed in all the major concert halls in New York city. Along with his wife Sophie Arbuckle, and in collaboration with French harpsichordist, Georges Kiss, Mr. Braude founded JeunesVirtuoses de New York (JVNY, inc.) in 2008, a vibrant ensemble of young musicians at the onset of their careers, most of whom have been students of Mr. Braude for over a decade, and who are leading versatile musical careers in New York and abroad.
Mr. Braude currently serves on the faculty of the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and the Mannes College of Music preparatory division. He is the artistic director of JVNY, inc. and of the JVNY chamber music workshop in Courchevel, France. He has directed the Young Artist program at the Music@Menlo festival (CA) and has served as artist faculty at the Festival des Arcs (France), the Killington music festival (VT), the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT) and the Interharmony Music Festival (Germany). He has given master classes in France, Germany, England and the US. He has been featured in an interview about his teaching for the British magazine TheStrad, and has contributed to the magazine’s “Ask the Experts” column.
Mr. Braude began his violin studies in the special music school in Kazan (Russia) with his father Nathan V. Braude. He later continued his studies with David Oistrach's assistant, Piotr Bondorenko and Felix Andrievsky in Israel, with Jens Ellermann in Hannover, Germany, with IfrahNeeman in London and with Sally Thomas in New York. He has performed in master classes for Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider at the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel), and Ruggiero Ricci at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland).
Mr. Braude’s violin was made byGenarroGaglianoin Napoli, Italy in 1756.
“Arik Braude played with a radiant timbre, constantly engaging. Seldom does one hear Mozart played so beautifully.”
Anselm Stieber, “ Sulzbach-Rosenberg” Germany
“With a thoroughly infectious joy in playing, Arik Braude put virtuosity and sensitivity at the service getting the concert off to the finest possible start… The public was enthralled throughout and their happiness could be seen on their faces.”
"Grand Annecy” France
“Powerful and expressive performance, with phrasing that demanded the audiences' attention.”
”Meriden Journal” Connecticut
Violinist & violist Sophie Arbuckle has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She has appeared in many of the most prominent chamber music settings in the U.S., including Music@Menlo (Calif.), where she co-directed the chamber music workshop in 2004, andBargemusic in New York city. European chamber music appearances include the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp, Belgium), Philarmonique de Namur (Theatre Royal, Ghent, Belgium), Festival des Arcs (France), Fetes musicales de Savoie(France), PatrimoineenMusique des pays de l’Ain (France), Series Pont Rouge (Ghent, Belgium), Astoria Concerts (Brussels, Belgium), Musique sans frontieres (France), Musicales Internationales (France), Rencontres musicales de Leotoing (France) and Mainz Kammerorchesterchamber music series (Germany). Additional chamber music appearances in Monaco, the channel island of Jersey, Evian (France), Geneva (Switzerland) and Italy. Solo appearances include Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France) and frequent appearances with the Sudbury Symphony (Canada). Recordings with “Le Chant de Linos”. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Arbuckle has toured extensively premiering multimedia works including performances at Jacob’s Pillow, Duke University and in Ithaca College among others.
Ms. Arbuckle has dedicated the most recent years to helping to build the next generation of young musicians. Together with her husband, violinist Arik Braude, Ms. Arbuckle co-founded JVNY, inc., an ensemble of young professional musicians at the onset of their careers, many of whom have studied for over a decade with Mr. Braude & Ms. Arbuckle. The ensemble tours extensively on both sides of the Atlantic in prestigious venues. In addition they perform regularly for audiences who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the power of live performances. JVNY mentor young students and engage in regular, meaningful outreach, bringing the healing powers of music to their audiences. For two weeks in the summer, the ensemble is in residence in Courchevel, France during which they perform a diverse program of chamber music and solo works alongside their artistic directors, and mentor young music students.
As of this spring, Ms. Arbuckle will serve as a visiting professor of viola at the University of Braga in Portugal. She is currently a viola faculty member of the Juilliard School pre-college and a violin & viola faculty of the Mannes College of Music Prep.
Ms. Arbuckle holds an M.M.degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Her violin teachers include Arnold Steinhardt, Edith Peinemann, Sally Thomas, Josef Gingold and Mauricio Fuchs. Viola studies with Karen Tuttle. Ms. Arbuckle plays a Ferdinand Gagliano viola....flamboyantly responsive, flexible and supple viola playing.
Marie Louise Scharf Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
Lü Siqing (Chinese: 吕思清; born 1969 in Qingdao, Shandong) is a Chinese violinist. He began studying the violin at the age of four, and at age eight, he was accepted at theCentral Conservatory of Music and became the youngest person to study there. When he was 11, Lü was selected by Yehudi Menuhin to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School inSurrey, England. After returning to China in 1985, he appeared as a member of several major Chinese orchestras, and made guest appearances on Chinese television programmes, including the Chinese New Year Show watched by over one billion people. In 1994, he performed at the Beijing Concert Hall in front of the President of the Republic of China. He currently holds the post of Director of the Violin Department at Naxos International, the CD company which records and distributes his music. Lü has received recognition as a professional violinist. In 1987, he won the first prize of the Paganini Competition; and in 1999, he was the winner of the Web Concert Hall International Competition. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù "Wieniawski" on loan from the Stradivari Society. At this day, July 15, 2015, he currently lives in Beijing, China. His perseverance made him one of the most famous violinists because he always tries his best to play violin. He is a great role model to look up to.