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Semion Gavrikov, born in the Ukraine, began studying the violin at age 5. He attended the Ukraine art school under Igor Kuzmienko. In 1998, he immigrated to Israel and started his studies in the Israeli Conservatory under Lena Mazor and Irena Svetlova and currently studies with Irena Svetlova at the Buchman Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv University. He performed as a soloist with the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, Simphonietta Be’er Sheva under the baton of Shlomo Mintz, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with other major orchestras in Israel and abroad. Semion has played concerts throughout Europe, Russia and the US. In September 2006, he played a special concert “For Peace” in the USA and Switzerland. Competitions he has won include first prize in the New Names Competition (1996), first prize in the Young Virtuoso Competition (1996, 1998), Odessa Competition (1996), special prize at the Odessa Competition (1994) and the Rubin Academy Competition (2004). He received several scholarships such as the Buchman-Heyman foundation (1998, 2002), The Issac Strearn foundation, the Joshua Rabinovich Foundation. He is a graduate of the Young Musicians’ Unit of the Jurusalem Music Centre and is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1999. Semion is supported by the Zfunot Tarbut – a non-profit organization for art and artists in Israel. He took part at the Perlman Music Program in the years 2000, 2001, and has participated in the Keshet Eilon Mastercourse since 2000. Semion has attended master classes given by Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Gluzman, Zakhar Bron, and Pinkhas Zukerman. He has recorded and broadcasted for the Israeli Radio both as a soloist and as a chamber music player. In 2003, Semion preformed with “Moskowya” chamber orchestra in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In May 2006, Semion won first prize at the prestigious competition the “Claremont Competition” and in 2008 “Aviv” Competition. Semion plays a violin, on loan from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.