Remus Azoitei is a violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Appointed in 2002, he became the youngest violin professor in the history of the institution, and in 2004 was awarded the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his professional achievements. He also taught violin at the Bucharest Conservatoire between 1993 and 1998.
Much in demand for his unique approach in terms of technique and musicality, Remus has a vast knowledge of the repertoire and literature on the instrument, as well as the ability to vary his teaching according to the needs of each student. A successful violinist himself, Remus is the result of an exciting blend of the world's major violin schools. Having been raised in the Romanian violin school, which presents a unique combination of French and Russian traditions, he then studied in the West, absorbing the values of the American school.
Remus studied with Daniel Podlovsky at the Bucharest Conservatoire, where he obtained his Bachelor Degree, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma dedicated exclusively to analysing and performing Bach's solo violin works. After graduating he was immediately invited to join the violin faculty of the Conservatoire. In 1998 he moved to New York to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School under a 3 year full scholarship. A Master Degree recipient, he was also a student of Masao Kawasaki and, at DeLay's personal recommendation he received lessons from the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.
In 2001 Remus returned to Europe, having been offered a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with Maurice Hasson. Over time, Remus has benefited from the guidance of such musicians as Ivry Gitlis, Sigmund Nissel (Amadeus Quartet), Zakhar Bron, Eugen Sarbu, Mihai Constantinescu, and members of the Voces Quartet, all of these fine artists shaping him not just as a musician, but also as a pedagogue.
A sought after teacher based in London, Remus Azoitei has been invited to give Master Classes all over England as well as Brussels, Mannheim, Bucharest, and most recently in Berlin, at the Academy of Arts. His pupils have won prizes in international violin competitions such as the Wieniawski and Jeunesses Musicales, as well as praise for their debut concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, Bucharest and Tokyo, among others. Many of his former students are now part of professional London and European orchestras, enjoy solo careers, or perform in leading chamber ensembles.
Remus' record of preparing prospective students for Conservatoire auditions is outstanding. To date he has a 100% success rate of students being accepted into national conservatoires, most of them into the RAM, RCM and Guildhall. He has a number of students enrolled in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, including the NYO co-leader, Laura Rickard.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Remus' students have received the highest Final Recital mark in 3 of the past 5 years. In 2008 Aysha Orazbayeva received 98% (the highest mark in the entire Academy for that year), with Shi Shuai (in 2010) and Sara Cubarsi (in 2013) both achieving 95%, the highest mark in the Strings Department in their respective years. In 2013, his student Tanya Sweiry was the leader of the Academy Concert Orchestra in a performance of 'Ein Heldenleben' by Richard Strauss, for which she was loaned a fine Stradivari violin from the Academy collection. She has also received an Academy Fellowship for 2013-2014.
Remus also holds a PhD in Enescu music and performance.
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