Dr. Lev Atlas
Strings Department Viola Tutor
Dr. Lev Atlas began an international career in Russia after graduating of Rostov State Conservatoire as a violinist. Following this he then undertook his Master’s degree in State Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow as a viola and violin player, specialising in chamber music. Dr Atlas was awarded his PhD for his research titled “In the Shadow of Shostakovitch” by St.Andrew’s University and RCS.
As a member the Rostov String Quartet and the Rachmaninov Trio, Lev established himself as one of the most distinguished interpreters and promoters of Russian Chamber Music, with numerous recordings and performances in venues such as Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert hall, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Usher Hall, Wigmore Hall and Carnegy Hall in New York, BBC Scotland and RCS. As an inspirational Klezmer music performer and founder of the group “Koshka”, they have been named one of the best groups in the Klezmer and World Music.
Dr. Lev Atlas has been Principal Viola of the Scottish Opera Orchestra since 1993 and is a member of the Strings Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Junior Conservatoire of Scotland.