Mrs. Tseitlin studied at the Moscow Central Music School for Exceptionally Gifted
Children and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Yuri Yankelevich
and Leonid Kogan. After graduation Ms. Tseitlin was invited to
join the faculty at the College of Moscow Conservatory.
Ms. Tseitlin won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth International
Competition in Brussels, Belgium, ARD Bayerische Rundfunk International
Competition in Munich, Germany, and Montreal International Competition,
In 1980 Ms. Tseitlin was awarded a grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts and made her New York debut in at the Alice Tully Hall
to high critical acclaim. In 1981Ms. Tseitlin was invited to join the
faculty of the California State University at Los Angeles.
Ms. Tseitlin appeared as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony, Munich
Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Moscow Soloists (Yuri Bashmet),
BBC Symphony, Liege Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, California
Chamber Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony, among others.
She has performed and toured in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain,
Portugal, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Japan,
Hong Kong, and Korea.
Ms. Tseitlin has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Duchesne, and CAMUS
labels. Her CD of Alfred Schnittke music won the Grand Pix at 1992 MIDI
in Amsterdam and in 1985 Ms. Tseitlin was awarded Szymanovski Prize
by Polish government for her performances and recordings of Karol Szymanovski's
She has collaborated in chamber music ensembles with such performers
and conductors as Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet, Gennady
Rozhdestvensky, Rafael Kubelik, Morton Guld, Mindi Rodan, Mikhail Koppelman,
Steven Kates, Paul Newbauer, Shirley Treppel, and Toby Saks. She has
worked closely with Alfred Schnittke and performed and recorded most
of his violin works. Well-known Portuguese composer Antonio Victorino
D Almeida dedicated to her A Dialogues for Violin and Piano, premiered
by Ms. Tseitlin in 2004. His new piece A Fantasia for Violin and Piano
dedicated to Miss Tseitlin was premiered at the Maputo International
Music Festival last April.
Irina Tseitlin has always been passionately interested in teaching.
Since 1990 Ms. Tseitlin has held a professorship at the California Institute
of Music in San Diego. Her students won top prizes in international
competitions such as Paganini Competition (Genoa), Tchaikovsky (Moscow),
Indianapolis, Primrose, Lionel Tertis, and national competitions such
as National Debut Competition, Young Artists Concert Guild, Pasadena
Instrumental Competition, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony,
ASTA, MTAC, etc.
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