Anna Göckel joins the ensemble, following founding member Sergey Ostrovsky’s 27 years of service in the role

Aviv Quartet press release 2023

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The Aviv Quartet has announced the appointment of Anna Göckel as its first violinist. Göckel replaces founding first violinist Sergey Ostrovsky, who had played with the quartet since 1997.

’We thank with all our hearts our colleague and dear friend Sergey Ostrovsky for his unconditional commitment to the Aviv Quartet,’ said the ensemble in a statement. ’His generosity and contagious passion for the repertoire have been a great source of inspiration, and made all these years together an unforgettable musical adventure.

’We welcome the violinist Anna Göckel, an extraordinary musician who unites a soloist’s stature with the soul of a genuine chamber musician. We are all thrilled to open this new chapter in the history of the Aviv Quartet.’

Göckel is a founding member of Trio Karénine, which won top prize at the 2013 ARD Competition in Munich. She was awarded ‘Révélation classique’ by ADAMI in 2016 and the Enesco Prize by SACEM in 2020, and has studied with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Boris Belkin, David Grimal, and the Ysaÿe Quartet.

In addition to her solo career, she has participated in numerous festivals including the Seiji Ozawa Academy in Rolle (CH), Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove (UK) directed by Steven Isserlis, and the Marlboro Music Festival (USA), under the artistic direction of Jonathan Biss and Mitsuko Ushida.

Göckel plays on a 1789 violin by Nicolò Gagliano, thanks to the support of the Fonds de dotation Lenoir.

The Aviv Quartet was formed in 1997 in Israel and currently comprises Göckel, Philippe Villafranca, Noémie Bialobroda, Daniel Mitnitsky. Its competition successes include the Grand Prize and four special prizes at the third Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Australia); first prize (Amadeus prize) at the Charles Hennen Competition (Netherlands);  second prize and Schubert prize at the international ’Schubert and Modern Music’ competition in Graz; and second prize and critics award at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

The quartet has performed a cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets for Swiss Radio and Television in 2019 and released its album The Last Quartets on Aparté in 2021. Upcoming concerts of the Aviv Quartet in its new formation will take place on 1 October in Coppet, 14 October in Ferney-Voltaire, and 31 October in Geneva.

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