Leonid Yanovskiy, violin
Russian born violinist, violist and conductor, Leonid Yanovskiy is the Professor and Director of Strings and Orchestra at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He is the concertmaster of the Pensacola and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras, Principal Violinist with the Washington Square Festival, NYC, and Co-Director of the Gulf Coast Virtuosi Chamber Music Ensemble. Dr. Yanovskiy graduated from the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, Russia; the Rutgers University, NJ; and the Fontenbleau Conservatoire Americaine, France. Among his teachers were Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, Olivier Charlier of the Paris Conservatory, and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet.
Yanovskiy taught violin and chamber music at the Moscow Gnessin College and Academy of Music and was a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers. At the University of West Florida, students of Dr. Yanovskiy are winners of national orchestra auditions, as well as national, regional, and state solo and chamber music competitions. His students have successfully entered the Encore and Meadowmount Schools of Music, as well as graduate programs at the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Florida State University, University of North Texas, University of Maryland, and others.
Yanovskiy was Principal Violinist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Northern Crown, Goliard Chamber Ensemble, NYC, and Chamber Orchestra Philadelphia Virtuosi. He was a violinist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the American Symphony. Under the baton of Abbado, Botstein, Mackerras, Menuhin, Norrington, Previn, Shaw, Zinman, and others, Yanovskiy appeared on the stages of the Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, Chicago Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Halls, the Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera. Yanovskiy has performed recitals throughout the United States and in Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, and Russia. In 2012, The New York Times described his playing as "…a luminous performance; a sumptuous, vibrato-rich tone and a kind of energy that made the fast movements dance." In 2015 – 2016, Yanovskiy is scheduled to perform solo recitals in Tallahassee, Chicago, and at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.
The New York Times, July 20, 2012 …a luminous performance… a sumptuous, vibrato-rich tone and a kind of energy that made the fast movements dance.
Pensacola News Journal, November 9, 2009 …consummate soloist. His playing, as always, defined integrity and mastery of his instrument.
Russian Musician, Moscow, March 2005 Brilliant success… Effective program… Refined musical taste…
Denton Record Chronicle, September 5, 2004 "Yanovskiy… has made a name for himself as a soloist and a chamber musician, with concert credits all over the world. …Played with finesse and sensitive touch."