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Lev Gordin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1980. He started playing cello in the age of 6 with Ms. Natalya Tolbukhina, whose teachers had been Sviatoslav Knushevitsky and Mstislav Rostropovich. At the age of 11, Lev immigrated with his family to Israel, where he continued studying cello with Mr. Hillel Zori.
During his military service in the Israeli Defense Force (1998-2001) he had an official status of “Eminent Musician”. He was a principal cellist in the IDF Chamber Orchestra and a member of the IDF string quartet, performing numerous concerts in Israel and abroad, including world premieres and pieces written especially for this quartet, recordings to the Israel National Radio, and participating in international festivals. In parallel, Lev studied in the Tel Aviv Music Academy.
In 2002, following a personal invitation by Maestro Bernard Greenhouse, the founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, Lev came to the USA and became his student, thanks to the scholarship awarded him by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for this purpose. The studies with maestro Greenhouse have greatly influenced Lev’s development as a musician.
At the end of 2002, Lev moved to Germany in order to further develop his musical career. He continued his musical studies in Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Germany, with Prof. Christoph Richter, and in Hochschule for Music and Theater, Hanover, with Prof. Tilmann Wick.
Master classes with known cellists like Mstislav Rostropovich, Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow, Miklós Perényi, opened for Lev a wide spectrum of musical possibilities and helped him bring his cello playing to the highest level.
Lev has a rich orchestral experience in such renowned orchestras as NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, the Braunschweig National Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Amadč, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and others. He is also an active chamber musician, performing in various ensembles, from the duo with a renowned pianist Albert Mamriev, to the Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg) as a principal cellist.
Lev takes part in numerous international festivals, such as Kfar Blum Chamber Music Festival, Liturgic Abu Ghosh Festival, Jerusalem Ancient Music Workshops (Israel), Kronberg Academy Festivals and Sommerliche Musiktage Soest (Germany).