Conceived by award-winning violinist and conductor Pavel Berman, multi-faceted online classical music resource Monteverdi Circle launches today on 12th April for professionals, amateurs, students and music lovers.

An innovative online centre for the performing arts, the website offers musicians opportunities for learning, collaboration and entertainment via an exciting and exclusive array of free, single-purchase and subscription content.

A range of fully interactive courses and seminars led by outstanding talent are available alongside live and recorded masterclasses from acclaimed musicians, complemented by video guides and study materials. Exclusive guests include world-renowned cellist, Steven Isserlis and celebrated violinist and conductor, Salvatore Accardo. Professors include first cello of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristine Blaumane and former first viola of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Andriy Vyitovich. Current content covers violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, piano and singing.

The website includes a forum where people can exchange ideas and opinions, and also offers Q&As with both emerging and established artists such as internationally acclaimed conductor Daniel Oren, as well as streamed lessons, rehearsals and concerts.

Monteverdi Circle will also showcase up-and-coming talent and new music through videos, articles and debates.

Embracing the lockdown-fuelled surge in video conferencing, the project is the brainchild of esteemed violinist and conductor Pavel Berman (artistic director) and talented newcomer Giusy Adiletta (operative director). Together they founded Monteverdi Circle with support from award-winning violinist Eva Bindere (artistic consultant).

Personally creating and tailoring their own unique content, their aim is to help foster a new collaborative online community that enables an inspiring, worldwide exchange of musical knowledge and ideas – all while offering the highest standard in musical education and acting as an exciting new platform for new music and talent.

Monteverdi Circle connects musicians with high-calibre teachers, experts and artists that might otherwise be out of reach, helping even experienced performers to improve their interpretative skills, while guiding young people in the search for their own artistic identity and facilitating their entry into the professional music world.

As well as Berman and Bindere, other course teachers include violinists Silvia Marcovici and Alena Baeva; violists Tatjana Masurenko, Julia Deyneka and Andriy Vyitovich; cellists Denis Shapovalov and Kristina Blaumane; guitarist Lorenzo Micheli, flautists Andrea Oliva and Silvia Careddu, pianists Rena Shereshevshkaya and Vadim Kholodenko and operatic contralto Sonia Prina.

Upcoming masterclasses include Steven Isserlis, Thomas Demenga, Salvatore Accardo and Ivan Monighetti and Florian Donderer. There are exclusive interviews scheduled with Daniel Oren, Salvatore Accardo, Rena Shereshevshkaya and Berman.

Artistic Director and co-founder Pavel Berman said,

I’m very proud of not only the outstanding group of professors and guests that we’ve assembled at Monteverdi Circle, but also of the unique, high-quality educational content that we’ve worked so hard to create. I’m now hugely excited to welcome the most important ingredient – the musicians and music lovers of all backgrounds who will bring it to life. I look forward to sharing our knowledge, skills and experience and seeing who it can inspire and develop.”

Operative director and co-founder Giusy Adiletta said,

“Monteverdi Circle has become our mission. Our fundamental purpose is to build bridges between thoughts, feelings and facts, both for classical musicians and music lovers – we can’t wait for all our users to experience the richness of being a part of it.”

Born in Moscow, Pavel Berman is a former student of Igor Bezrodny at the Moscow Conservatory and Dorothy Delay at The Juilliard School, having also had the privilege of working with Isaac Stern. Silver medal winner of the Premio Paganini in Genova (1987) and gold medal winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (1990), he has performed worldwide with many prestigious orchestras including the Moscow Virtuosi, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He’s appeared at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Salle Gaveau (Paris), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and Teatro alla Scala (Milan). Berman is regularly on the juries of international prizes such as the Paganini Competition, George Enescu International Competition, Isang Yun Competition and Classical Strings. Increasingly, his time is dedicated to teaching at Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and Fondazione Accademia Perosi (Biella, Italy).

Under Berman’s guidance, Italian Giusy Adiletta gained an MA in Music Performance at Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in 2019, where she’s currently studying for a Master in Advanced Studies in Violin, alongside Business Administration at the University of Naples Federico II. As a violinist, she has performed with the Cameristi della Scala Orchestra, Arena di Verona Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Tbilisi State Opera Orchestra and Benevento Philharmonic as concertmaster and soloist. She’s worked as the personal manager of internationally renowned orchestra conductor Daniel Oren and has already gained significant experience of international arts events management. She has also focused on managing events of wider social importance, with the aim of spreading classical music to new generations.

Latvian violinist Eva Bindere will also be among the course teachers. She led the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra for 15 years, regularly performing worldwide both as a soloist and as a duo with Gidon Kremer. She was a soloist on the Grammy-winning CD After Mozart. She’s also been the guest leader of numerous orchestras and is currently concertmaster at the East West Chamber Orchestra, regular guest at Paavo Jarvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra, as well as one third of the acclaimed ensemble, Trio Palladio. She’s a full-time professor and lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, juries international competitions and teaches regularly around Europe. In 2017 she was honoured with the Latvian Grand Music Award, the highest state recognition in music.