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Leonid Sorokow

Leonid Sorokov was born in 1954 in what is now St. Petersburg and began playing the violin at the age of five at the music school of St. Petersburg. Subsequently, he went on to continue his studies at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Prof. J. and E. Jankelewitsch Tschugajewa graduating in 1978 with honours. A year later he emerged victorious at the International Violin Competition in Montreal and scored Second Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1981. For over thirty years, Leonid Sorokov has been active as a violin pedagogue and soloist. He performs throughout Russia, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland and other European countries in major concert halls: Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus, Lisinski Hall Zagreb, Casals Hall in Tokyo etc. From 1986 to 1991 Leonid was first violinist with the ensemble Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet. International tours led him to some of the most important venues of classical music like Carnegie Hall N.Y., Alte Oper Frankfurt, Tonhalle Zurich, Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Sydney Opera House, Suntory Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonia Berlin, Salle Pleyel, Sala Verdi Milano and many others. Furthermore, numerous recordings for RCA Victor took place in this time. In 1991, he moved to Vienna working as a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts from 1993 onward. From 1996 to 2007 he was a member of the Vienna Mozart Trio with whom he also toured internationally. Since 2001, Leonid Sorokov holds a violin professorship at the Music Academy of Zagreb.

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