Violinist Anton Polezhayev won “Grand Prix” at the International Violin Competition of Pierre Lantier in Paris, France, 1997, as well as numerous other competitions, awards and scholarships. Mr. Polezhayev was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2004, and prior to the Philharmonic, a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2002. In addition to his recital and teaching schedule, Anton Polezhayev currently holds the position of Associate Concertmaster with Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a soloist and recitalist Mr. Polezhayev was featured on the cover of Part 2 of Newsday on October 21, 1992, and the New York Times on January 18, 2004, and has performed on radio and television. His credits also include performances at the International Concert Series at Hofstra University, Tilles Center, Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and numerous concert halls in Europe and Russia. Mr. Polezhayev was educated at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dr. Albert Markov (1993-1999) and principal associate concertmaster of New York Philharmonic Ms. Sheryl Staples (1999-2001). Mr. Polezhayev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1976, and at age 5 began his violin studies at the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory. This past year Mr. Polexhayev was the artist-in-residence with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, which involved him as a featured soloist as well as concertmaster. He also gave master classes as part of NSSO ’s Educational Outreach Program.