Michael Korn, violin
Michael Korn began to play violin at the age of five and studied with preeminent Soviet violin pedagogues G.Turchaninova, Z.Bron, and M.Liberman in Novosibirsk. Later, he attended the Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow where his mentors included violinist G.Zhislin and cellist V.Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet, and the Rubin Music Academy in Tel-Aviv where he studied with Y.Kless and I.Svetlova. Michael concertized in the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Israel, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain, Tunisia, and the U.S. Among the highlights of his career, he performed at world-famous venues such as Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Small Philharmonic Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, and on top of a Soviet Army armory vehicle in a small Siberian village. Since coming to the U.S., Michael performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera, critically acclaimed Chagall Trio, and appeared as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles throughout New England.
Michael has always pursued diverse interests in passing his commitment to making music to students. In addition to teaching privately for many years, he founded the first chamber music festival for youth, "String Summit," in Alabama, and served as its music director, he served as the music director of the String Institute of Alabama, and taught violin and viola at Jacksonville State University, Stonehill College, and the Community Music Center of Boston. Michael has given violin masterclasses at many institutions, including the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the Longy School of Music; he has adjudicated the Crescendo International Competitions and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) string competitions. Currently, Michael also directs Easton Chamber Music Festival designed as an intensive workshop for adult musicians and concert series with an internationally renowned faculty.
In the last decade, Michael has engaged in orchestral conducting and currently serves as the Music Director of the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra and Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted numerous performances, including in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the nation such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Symphony Hall in Boston. Hailed for his inventive approach to orchestral programming, Michael is the winner of The American Prize, a national non-profit competition in the performing arts.