AMAA Honorary Professors
AMAA Honorary Professory are professional, established musicians and artists who act as mentors to AMAA students. Their wealth of experience and knowledge is an enormous assent to the AMA Academy and students.
Professor Boris Kuschnir
Boris Kuschnir is an Austrian violinist and academic. He studied violin with Boris Belenky at the Moscow Conservatoire and later chamber music with Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet.
Currently he is a professor at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and a distinguished professor at the University of Music in Graz. He plays with various chamber music ensembles and is the co-founder of the Wiener Schubert Trio, the Vienna Brahms Trio, and the Kopelman Quartet.
Professor Julian Rachlin
Julian Rachlin is a Lithuanian-born violinist, violist, and conductor who emigrated to Austria with his musician parents in 1978. He studied violin in the Soviet traditions with Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna while receiving private lessons from Pinchas Zukerman.
In 1988 he won the title of Eurovision Young Musician of the Year. Because of this accomplishment he was invited to appear at the Berlin Festival with conductor Lorin Maazel and also became the youngest soloist to ever play with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Riccardo Muti.
Ms Renate Holm
Renate Holm is a German opera singer and actress who has gained international acclaim for her work on the stage and in film. She appeared in several German films in the 1950s such as, The Count of Luxemburg and Die Fledermaus. In 1957 she was invited to join the Wiener Volksoper by Hubert Marischka where she debuted in the role of Helene in Oscar Straus’ Walzertraum.
Four years later she moved on to the Vienna State Opera where she performed with great success under the renowned Herbert von Karakjan. She sang with artists such as Rudolf Schock, Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, and Peter Minich. Currently, Ms. Holm resides in Austria and is a much sought after teacher. Among other accomplishments, she acts as the Chairman of the board of trustees for the Europäischen Kulturwerkstatt (EKW) in Berlin.
Mr Gavriel Lipkind
Tel Aviv born classical cellist Gavriel Lipkind made his radio debut at the young age of eight years old. He went on to have an enormously successful career as a cellist. Early on, he worked alongside outstanding musicians such as Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer.
Lipkind has performed in some of the world’s most respected venues and with distinguished orchestras, including the Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Kennedy Center and Berlin Philharmonie. He has place with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.
Currently residing in Germany, Lipkind gives cello master classes in worldwide and works on Lipkind Productions which he founded in 2005.
Professor Pavel Vernikov
Born in Odessa, Pavel Vernikov graduated from the Stolyarsky Music School where he studied with the Mordkovich brothers. He also studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the mentorship of David Oistrakh and S. Snitkowsky. Vernikov won the prestigious ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix International Violin Competition "Vittorio Gui" in Florence. He has since appeared worldwide at prominent venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and La Salle Gaveau in Paris.
Vernikov currently teaches violin at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. He also teaches at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, Spain, Keshet Eilon in Israel, Kronberg Academy in Germany alongside giving master classes all over the world.
Professor Fritz Brucker
Born in Vienna, Fritz Brucker studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory and has long since become known as a “Viennese institution”. He is a much sought-after accompanist and has played for an ever-growing list of well-known names such as Renate Holm, Robert Holl, Margareta Hintermeier, George Tichy, Axelle Gall, Kurt Schreibmeier, Helga Papouschek, Ernst Lintner, Heinz Zuber, and Boris Eder.
Currently Brucker hold the position of choirmaster of the Wiener Schubertbund with which he travels nationally and internationally for concert tours in countries such as the USA, South Africa, and China.
Professor Alexander Revich
Alexander Revich continues the known Moscow dynasty of violin teachers, his father and grandfather were established violin teachers as well, and they continued the tradition of the Leopold Auer. He studied at the Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory. P.I. Tchaikovsky in the class of S. Bezrodny (1951-1963).
After graduation, he entered the Moscow State Conservatory. P.I. Tchaikovsky in the class of Professor D.M. Tsyganov. After graduating from the Conservatoire with excellence he won the opportunity to join the 1st violins section of the State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of E. Svetlanov where he worked until 1990 and at the same time began his teaching career.
From 1990 to 1993 he worked in the RNO under the leadership of M. Pletnev and from 1993 on he teaches at the Central Music School by the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky. Until 2010 he was the head of the string department. During his time many of his students became laureates of prestigious international competitions Oistrakh Competition in Moscow, the Wieniawski competition in Poland, the "Nutcracker" television contest, A. Korsakov Competition and others.
Revich is an active member of the jury of many competitions in Russia and abroad, as well permanently giving master classes in the cities of Russia, France, Greece, Finland, Norway, the Republic of Korea and other countries. Since several years he is a guest professor of Yuri Bashmet Summer Academy. In August 2012 he was awarded the title "The Best Teacher of the Music School" in the nomination "Musical Art".
Mr Leo Stopfer
Contemporary artist Leo Stopfer had his first personal exhibition in one of the galleries of the Austrian district Hollabrunn at the age of 18. Since that time, his work has been exhibited all around Europe, including London, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, Luxembourg, Côte d’Azur.
An important chapter in his career began in 2011 when the painter was inspired by the performance of two ballerinas — Ketevan Papava and Marie-Claire D’Lyse in the ballet ‚Bella Figura‘ in the Vienna State Opera. The dancing bodies fascinated him, initiating a new creative union. Leo Stopfer made the ballet one of the main themes of his art, and became known as "the painter of the ballet-stars".
Cooperating with many outstanding dancers for several years he created plenty of paintings depicting the greatest ballerinas of the 20-21 centuries. Among them are such grandees of the world ballet scene as Diana Vishneva (the Mariinsky Theatre), Olga Smirnova and Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Theatre), Vladimir Malakhov (State Ballet of Berlin), Maria Abashova (Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman), Maria Yakovleva (Vienna State Ballet), Isabelle Ciaravola and Ludmila Pagliero (Opera de Paris) and Julie Kent and Alessandra Ferri (ABT New York).
Almost 10 years later, Leo Stopfer had a big honor to expose his artworks created in collaboration with the ballet dancers of the Vienna State Opera in the Opera House. His personal exhibition „Förderpreisträger und Ehrenmitglieder des Ballettclubs, Stars des Wiener Staatsballetts“ took place at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) from November 2019 till February 2020.
It is also noteworthy that Leo Stopfer was the first artist to receive the honor of being invited by the KLIMT VILLA in 2017 to work in the original studio where the great master Klimt lived and worked.