Janna Gontarenko has been a member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Gontarenko had graduated with excellence from the joint program of Moscow’s Central Music College and the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where she studied in 2002-2006. During her years of study she was leading an active concert schedule, including chamber music and symphonic appearances and repeatedly took part in Christmas concerts at the Kremlin in Moscow.
After her graduation, Gontarenko moved to Israel in 2007 to continue her studies at the Tel-Aviv University Academy of Music with Irina Vassilievna Svetlova. In 2014 she played Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Frédéric Chaslin. She collaborated closely with Maestro Chaslin, who wrote several pieces for her, including music for the film In the Name of the Temple for French TV, a four minute Sonata for violin and of course Gypsy Rhapsody, which was originally scored for piano and was later arranged for violin and orchestra. In August of 2015 she performed this piece also with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Chaslin conducting. As a result of this collaboration she appeared as a soloist on the Israeli TV show Intermezzo, hosted by Arie Vardi. Additional media appearances include an appearance as soloist at the Blumenthal Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, which was broadcast live on Israel’s Kol Ha’Musika (Voice of Music) radio station.
Gontarenko has won several prizes and awards, including a prize from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (2005), First Prize at the Goldenberg Competition in Saratov (2004), a prize at a Jewish Music Competition in Kazan (2001), several prizes for solo as well as chamber playing in various competitions in Sicily (1999-2000) and an award at the International Kurt Schwaen competition in Berlin (1998).