String Instruments Juror
Founder/Artistic Director of the Musica Mundi International Chamber Music Festival, Leonid Kerbel is a laureate and a first prize-winner of the Rubin Academy (Tel Aviv) solo and chamber music competitions as well as the Clairmont competition. He has performed with world-renowned artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Janine Jansen, Sidney Harth, Mark Lubotski and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Leonid teaches at the Brussels Royal Conservatory for Music, devoting his time mostly to teaching as well as solo and chamber performances. His style of teaching and the art of performing are influenced directly and indirectly by masters such as Joseph Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Rosa Fain, Isaac Stern, William Pleeth, Janos Starker, Adolf Bush and Leonid Kogan.
For the past 15 years, Leonid has given regular masterclasses at the Sewannee Summer Music Festival in the USA. He has taken part in many festivals, including Festival de Minimes, Festival de l'été Mosan, Festival van Vlaanderen and Musica Mundi. He performs regularly as a soloist, concertmaster and a chamber music musician around western Europe, eastern Europe and USA. He has recorded for the BRTN, RTBF and USA National Radio.
First violin of the Gertler string quartet, Horta string quartet and the Contrast string quartet in the past, Leonid is currently a member of the Trio Sonnetto. In 1999, he founded Musica Mundi International Chamber Music course and festival for young talented musicians.