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"Magically exquisite playing."

Yehudi Menuhin

"A born violinist."

Josef Gingold

True to the classical tradition

Recognized by many as one of the most distinguished talents of his generation, Gary Ronkin is a direct descendant of the legendary great Russian classical musical tradition. Its best examples - violinists David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan, and pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels - remain unparalleled in modern history. Unfortunately, these names are becoming anachronisms more and more every day, as the standards of performance deteriorate at the same time.

Born in the USSR to a family of professional musicians - Semyon (1938-2005) and Galina Ronkin (teachers of violin and piano, respectively, at New York's Mannes College of Music - photos on the Photos Page) - Gary Ronkin received his early musical training at home, at the Special School for Gifted Children, and by attending great concerts already at a very young age. His first public performance took place at the age of 6, and soon after he was featured in a televised concert.

A number of circumstances led to the family's move to the United States in 1979 where Ronkin continued studying with his father and later, as a full-scholarship student, at the Manhattan School of Music, from which he graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1989, being the youngest DMA recipient in the history of the school. While a student, he also took part in master classes with Henryk Szeryng, Josef Gingold, Yehudi Menuhin and Maya Glezarova (professor at the Moscow State Conservatory). During those years, Ronkin was awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Hugo Kortschak Award from the Manhattan School of Music and a Certificate of Merit by the Third International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 1985, he also became a winner of the Artists International's competition for young artists, which led to a sponsored debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Gary Ronkin's numerous engagements since then have included performances in New York, around the US, and in other countries.

An active teacher, Dr. Ronkin has given master classes at the University of North Texas, Georgia State University, the Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Conservatory, and the Belarusian State Academy of Music. He has also held conducting workshops at the University of Minnesota. In 2004, he wrote a highly successful book, Technical Fundamentals of the Soviet Masters, with his late father. Currently, Gary Ronkin is working on his next book and a number of other musical projects.

New York City (before the infamous September 11, 2001)


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