Anton Polezhayev, violinist won “Grand Prix” and gold medal at the “International Violin Competition of Pierre Lantier” in Paris France, 1997. Finalist of “Paganini International Violin Competition” Genoa, Italy 1998, placing 5th, and at the San Francisco International String Competition of E.M. Klein in 1994. He has won numerous other competitions, awards, and scholarships. 

Anton was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2004. Prior to the Philharmonic, he was a member of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2002. Anton was an associate concertmaster of the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2008. In 2006 he performed as Associate Concertmaster with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Orchestra, St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2007 Anton held a position of Associate Concertmaster with Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

As a soloist and recitalist Mr. Polezhayev was featured on the cover of Part 2 of Newsday on October 21, 1992 and New York Times on January 18, 2004 and has performed on radio and television. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in the US and his native Russia. His credits also include performances at Carnegie Hall, Tilles Center, Alice Tully Hall, and numerous concert halls of Europe and Russia. Recently he holds principal violin position at North Shore Symphony Orchestra.

Anton was educated at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mitchell Stern (1991-92), Albert Markov (1993-1999) and Sheryl Staples (1999-2001). He began his violin studies at the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory. His first teachers were Anatoly Schwarzburg, Galina Turchaninova and Mikhail Bezverhny.

Violin Lessons

Anton has coached the violin sections of Long Island Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, LaGuardia School For Performing Arts, Interschool Orchestra, as well as many other groups. Former member of New York Philharmonic and International Violin Competitions Winner Anton has taught many violinists from NYSSMA Level 1 to major orchestra members in US and abroad. We have opportunities for students to perform, and a recording studio on site.