Sergei Bresler is the founder and the second violinist of the world famous "Jerusalem Quartet", has established a reputation as a highly accomplished chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue.
Sergei was born in Kharkiv , Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1991. He is a graduate of all branches of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance – the Conservatory and the Academy. He was a student of professor Matvey Liberman, one of the most famous follower of the school of the outstanding violinist David Oistrakh.
As the member of The Jerusalem Quartet Sergei Bresler is a regular and beloved guest around the globe. With regular bi-annual visits to North America, the quartet regularly performs in cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Tucson, Portland, Washington, and Cleveland. In Europe, the quartet enjoys an enthusiastic reception with regular appearances in all prestige concert halls such as the Zürich Tonhalle, the Munich Herkulessaal, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Parisian Salle Pleyel and Cite de la Musique, Berliner Konzerhaus and Philharmonie, as well as a regular touring in Asia and Australia.
Sergei is a well known and experienced performer from early youth, performing solo and chamber music on the world's most prestigious stages, and a frequent guest at international festivals like Verbier, Schlezwig-Holstein, Gstaad, Reingau, Schubertiade, Salzburg, Jerusalem, String Quartet Biennial Festivals in Philharmonie de Paris and Amsterdam etc.
Sergei Bresler has collaborated with many famous musicians such as Sir András Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Jessye Norman, Alexander Melnikov, Denise Kozhukhin, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Stiven Isserlis, Natalia Gutman, Joshua Bell, Paul Meyer, Orfeo Mandozzi, Sharon Kam, Nobuko Imai, Frans Helmerson, Daniel Muller-Schott, Alisa Weilerstein, Miklos Perenyi, Martin Frost, Andreas Ottensamer, Lawrence Power and Tabea Zimmermann. He performed also with Szymanowski, Belcea, Eben, Prazak and Vermeer Quartets.
With The Jerusalem Quartet, Sergei Bresler records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi label since 2004, and these recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Smetana, Janacek, Dvorak, Brahms, Shostakovich, Bartok music won the world record of 3 BBC Music Magazine Awards and a number of Diapason D'Or Awards.
Sergei was a professor in Residency in Royal Academy of Music London and at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance .
Since 2008 he is head of strings and chamber music teacher in Jerusalem Music Center, and regularly gives master classes in Europe, North America and Asia. The rare experience of his teaching has acquired is an incalculable asset, not only providing tremendous and valuable knowledge to his students, but also in working with the students a personal and ensemble sound, and images as a stage performer.
Sergei Bresler plays on 1770 Lorenzo Storioni violin. This violin was donated to Foundation by Isaac Stern.