Russian American violinist Aviva Chertok has performed around the U.S. as well as in England, Israel, China and Italy (virtually). An avid string quartet player, Aviva has received numerous awards, including silver medal at the St. Paul International String Quartet Competition, 1st place at the Discover National Chamber Competition, and 1st place at the 17th Annual Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition. She has been featured on radio stations across the U.S., including Chicago’s WFMT, The Public’s Radio 88.1 in Rhode Island, and on NPR’s From the Top.
Aviva earned her Masters of Music in violin performance in 2018 from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with the renowned professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and one of his former students, Michal Cwizewicz. While in the U.K., Aviva played two seasons as assistant concertmaster of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, performing in the historic St. John’s Smith Square concert hall near Westminster. Other notable performances in London included recitals at the Austrian Cultural Forum and the V&A Museum’s REVEAL Festival. Aviva holds a Bachelors of Music in violin performance with Honors from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Andrew Jennings. Her past teachers include Gerardo Ribeiro and David Yonan, and she has played in masterclasses for Ruggiero Ricci, Alice Schoenfeld, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alina Ibragimova, the Calidore Quartet, and more. Aviva has participated on scholarship in many international music festivals, including: the Meadowmount School of Music, Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.
Aviva lives in the Chicago area, where she teaches violin and performs as a freelance artist. In 2020 Aviva was a guest soloist at the Hello Panda Festival in NYC, the largest Chinese New Year lantern festival in North America, with performances aired in China on television station CCTV-4. She also founded the Picardy Collective classical ensemble, and joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a regular member. Throughout the current pandemic, Aviva has been performing on livestreams held in various countries, bolstering morale, and giving tribute to frontline workers through her project, "50 Violinists from 50 States."
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