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Arik Braude

Praised for "sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style in the best chamber music tradition," (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), violinist Arik Braude performs regularly in concert series and festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. As a soloist he has appeared with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Belgorod Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Antwerp Chamber Orchestra (Belgium), and numerous festival orchestras, including the International Master Players (Switzerland), the Yehudi Menuhin Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), and most recently, the Minsk Orchestra of Belo Russia (Fetes musicales de Savoie, France). Chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo (CA), Festival des Arcs (France), Fetes musicales de Savoie (France), Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany), Musicales Internationales (France), and the Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT). He has recorded for Music@Menlo, Talent Cassics and Le Chant de Linos labels.

Mr. Braude was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Strad Magazine, in an interview about his teaching. Along with his wife Sophie Arbuckle, and in collaboration with French harpsichordist, Georges Kiss, Mr. Braude founded Jeunes Virtuoses de New York in 2008. He also teaches at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and the Mannes College of Music preparatory division. He is a member of the artist-faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. He has directed the Young Artist program at the Music@Menlo festival (CA), has served as guest violin professor at the Festival des Arcs (France), and has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Killington music festival (VT) and the Interharmony Music Festival (Germany). He has given master classes in France, Germany, England and in the US.

Mr. Braude’s students have appeared as soloists with the New York Philharmonic and other orchrstras in the US, France and Germany. They have been given opportunities to collaborate with some of the leading chamber musicians in New York City. They have won numerous competitions, including From the Top and the LISMA International Music Competition. Mr. Braude’s students have successfully served as concertmasters of most of the major youth orchestras in New York, including the New York Youth Symphony, and have soloed with most of them.

Mr. Braude began his violin studies in a special music school in Kazan (Russia) with his father Nathan V. Braude, a student of the legendary Abram Yampolsky. He continued his studies in Israel with David Oistrach's assistant, Piotr Bondorenko, and Felix Andrievsky, and later in Hanover (Germany) with Jens Ellermann, in London with Ifrah Neeman, and in New York with Sally Thomas. He has performed in master classes for Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider at the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel), and Ruggiero Ricci at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland).

Mr. Braude plays a Genarro Gagliano violin made in 1756

Sophie Arbuckle


Sophie Arbuckle currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-college, the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, and the School for Strings, and has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival since 2006.

Ms. Arbuckle has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared in several chamber music festivals, including Music@Menlo (California), where she co-directed the 2004 chamber music workshop, the Killington Music Festival (VT), Patrimoine en Musique des pays de l'Ain (France), Fetes Musicales de Savoie (France), and Interharmony International Chamber Music Festival (Germany). She has served as guest concertmaster of the Sudbury Symphony (Canada), with whom she performed frequently as a soloist. Recent solo appearances include Mozart Simphonie Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France).

As the violist of the Braude Ensemble, Ms. Arbuckle has performed in many prestigious venues such as the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp), Philarmonique de Namur (Theatre Royal, Ghent), Series Pont Rouge (Ghent), Astoria Concerts (Brussels), Festival des Arcs (France) where the ensemble was in residence in the summer 2004, Fetes Musicales de Savoie (France), Musique sans frontieres (France), and Musicales Internationales (France).

Ms. Arbuckle has been closely affiliated with her husband, violinist Arik Braude, teaching a large and vibrant studio of young musicians. In 2007, they were invited to bring selected students for professional engagements as a part of the “Fetes musicales de Savoie” in France. The success of the concerts led to the establishment of the “Jeunes Virtuoses de New York” master course and concert series.

Ms. Arbuckle holds an MM degree from the Juilliard School. 

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