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Edward Grach (Conductor)

Violinist, People’s Artist of the USSR.

Born in 1930. Studied in Odessa under V. Mordkovich and P. Stolyarsky. During WWII, E. Grach lived in the evacuation area in Novosibirsk where he attended the class of I. Gutman. Later on, he continued his education in the Central Music School and in Moscow Conservatory in Yampolsky’s class. During his postgraduate years, he received master classes held by D. Oistrakh.

Prizewinner of international Competitions:

1949: First Prize winner in the B. Bartok Competition (Budapest);
1955: The M. Long and J. Thibaud International Competition (Paris);
1962: The P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow).

Edward Grach performed with: pianists G. Ginsburg, S. Neuhaus, B. Davidovich, Y. Svetlanov, and Y. Malinin; violinists I. Bezrodny, V. Zhouk, R. Fein, and M. Yashvili; cellists S. Knushevitsky and N. Shakhovskaya; clavecinist A. Volkonsky; singer Z. Dolukhanova; organists G. Grodberg and O. Yanchenko; guitarist A. Ivanov-Kramskoy; and oboe player A. Lyubimov. From 1965, played in a piano trio with Y. Malinin and N. Shakhovskaya.

Edward Grach became the first interpreter of many works by contemporary composers, including works for violin by Eshpai, concerti and pieces by Babadjanian, Krein, Rakov, Khachaturian, and Shchedrin. The artist’s concert programs include thematic and monographic cycles: “Masterpieces of violin chamber music” (8 programs), “All violin sonatas by Beethoven”, “Anthology of Soviet violin music”, etc.

The year 1979 saw his debut as a conductor, and after a while Edward Grach became Head of the Chamber Orchestra of Mari SSR. Since 1989, he has been teaching at the Moscow State Conservatory. By now, E. Grach has educated over 40 graduates. Of them, 25 became prizewinners in international and pan-Russian Competitions. In 1995, the expert committee of the “Muzykalnoye Obozreniye” newspaper dubbed Edward Grach the “Best Teacher of Russia.”

Juror and President of jury for several international competitions. Holds regular master classes in Germany, Israel, England, France, the Netherlands, the USA, Hungary, China, Korea, and Taiwan.

In 1996, Edward Grach organized the A.I. Yampolsky International Violin Competition that is held in Penza and became its President. The Government of the Russian Federation awarded E. Grach the Order of “National Merit”. Honorary member of the Italian Monti Azzuri Academy. Honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory.

Mr. Gratch began conducting in 1979, and in 1990 formed the Moscoviya Chamber Orchestra, which debuted at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to great critical success. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges widely, from Baroque to Contemporary. As heard here, they even tackle difficult works such as Paganini’s “Moto perpetuo”, generally considered beyond the ability of an orchestra to play well. They have participated in numerous music festivals in Russia and abroad, and have toured in Russia, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, France, and in 2001 China.

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