Hibiki Kobayashi

Hibiki Kobayashi ,Violin

Having started playing the violin at the tender age of two, she was captivated by a performance by the Israel Philharmonic at just 14 years old, prompting her to embark on a journey to Israel to pursue her studies independently. Following her graduation from the Berlin University of the Arts, she relocated to Canada, where she graduated at the top of her class from the Toronto Royal Academy of Music.

Invited by the CBC Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Moncton, she joined the A. Leblanc Quartet as its first violinist. Under the guidance of esteemed mentors such as Tomoko Suzuki, Koji Toyoda, and Roland Fenivesh, she honed her craft and emerged victorious in the prestigious Louvin Music Competition.

Making her debut at the remarkable age of 16, she garnered numerous accolades including the Noguchi Award, the Jeunesse Musical Award, the Cécile Menard Pomelo Award, and the Opus Award. Her talents have graced stages alongside esteemed orchestras such as the Radio National de France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. She has also collaborated with renowned ensembles like the Borodin String Quartet and the Shostakovich String Quartet, as well as cellist Janos Starker and pianist Dang Thai Son.

Blessed with the loan of a Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation, she delivered a memorable recital of Beethoven's complete sonatas, broadcasted on CBC in Canada. In 2009, she achieved acclaim for performing the Japanese premiere of "Hommage to Haydn" composed by H. Schmidinger with the Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer at Suntory Hall, followed by a dazzling performance of two concertos in one night with the same orchestra in Yamanashi.

Since 2005, she has served as a Visiting Professor at Laval University in Quebec. With an impressive discography including four CDs, a DVD featuring Ravel's string quartets, and a set of six CDs featuring the complete 2013 Shostakovich String Quartet, her contributions to the world of music are both profound and enduring.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the A. Leblanc Quartet has marked the occasion with numerous commemorative concerts, poised for even greater achievements in the future.

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