°1931 - †1999
Viktor Liberman (1931 - 1999) graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory and was a member of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra under Mavrinsky from 1950 until 1979, the last eleven years of which he was first concert-master. During this period he was also professor at the Leningrad Conservatory where he had a special violin class. In 1958 he was a prizewinner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Meanwhile, Viktor Liberman built up his concert experience as a soloist with the leading symphony orchestras of the former USSR under famous conductors such as Kondrashin, Dmitriev, Svetlanov and Sanderling. Furthermore, he was an active chamber musician and maintained excellent contacts with contemporary Soviet composers some of whom have dedicated violin concertos to him, for instance Falik and Tishenko. In 1971 he was awarded the honorary title of 'Merited Artist of the USSR'. Outside Russia Viktor Liberman appeared as a soloist in the USA, Germany, Austria, the U.K., Holland and the Scandinavian countries.
Since 1979, Viktor Liberman lived in the Netherlands where he worked as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra until 1985. In that year he was appointed concert-master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. With that orchestra he has made solo appearances with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons and Kurt Sanderling.
Internationally in demand for coaching and masterclasses, Viktor Liberman held a professorship at the Utrecht Conservatory and was a tutor with the European Community Orchestra. He regularly conducted the Dutch National Youth Orchestra.
Viktor Liberman regularly appeared as a soloist in the Netherlands and abroad and had a busy recital career. He was very active as a conductor working with the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Orquestra Filharmonica de Gran Canaria, L'Orchestra Da Camera di Padova e Del Veneto and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Kölner Philharmoniker, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders and The Rotterdam Philharmonic.