Mikhail Bezverkhny

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Mikhail Lvovich Bezverkhny (Russian: Михаил Львович Безверхний; born July 27, 1947 in Leningrad) is a Soviet and later Russian violinist, violist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Saint Petersburg in 1947, Bezverkhny commenced his violin studies at the age of 5 at the Central Music School of the Conservatory of Saint Petersburg. He was a student of Liubov Segal (student of Leopold Auer) and Jacob Riabinkov. In 1965 he started his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Yuri Yankelevich - one of the most prominent violin professors of the 20th century. He also studied with Maya Gleyzarova, Abram Shtern and Nahum Latinsky. He is laureate of several international competitions:

  • 1967: 2nd prize Wieniawski Competition
  • 1969: 2nd prize chamber music competition in Munich
  • 1972: 2nd prize violin competition in Montreal
  • 1972: 1st prize chamber music competition in Belgrade
  • 1974: 1st prize chamber music competition in Budapest
  • 1976: 1st prize Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels[1]

In 1978 he was barred from leaving the USSR. In February 1990 he settled in Belgium. Since October 1992, Bezverkhny has been a member of the Shostakovich Trio, and his recordings for Melodya and Deutsche Grammophon now number more than forty.[2] During all these years he has been very intensely active as a violinist, a violist, a composer, a director and an actor. Currently he is teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Gent. [3] His students include amongst others Dmitri Berlinsky.[4]

As a composer, he wrote a virtuoso Suite Gambrinus for violin and piano.


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (1999-01-20). "The Winners (1997) Film review; Musicians Who Find Winning Isn't All". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mikhaïl BEZVERKHNY". Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Docenten - Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium". Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Dimitry Berlinsky". Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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