Prof. Igor Petrushevski’s principal profession is teaching. Trying to following in the footsteps of the legendary Russian teachers such as A. Yampolsky and Y. Yankelevich. He has been teaching in major institutions around the world for the last 25 years.
As a direct result of his teaching, many of his students are winners of international competitions including Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Long-Thibaud, Lipizer, Tibor Varga, Wieniawski, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Cologne, Heifetz, Sion, Postacchini, Khachaturian, Joachim, Britten, Canetti, Enescu, and Valsesia. His students have performed with Vladimir Jurowski, Maxim Vengerov, Christian Jarvi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Schlomo Mintz, Giancarlo Guerrero and with orchestras such as: the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Simón Bolivar, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Transylvania State Philharmonic, the George Enescu Philharmonic, the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Slovac Radio, the Polish National Radio and the Zurich Symphony Orchestra, the Youth State Orchestra of Armenia and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra.
Some of his former and current students are leading important orchestras in the USA, the UK and Russia and are playing in major orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Covent Garden Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, etc. Many also have extended solo international careers and are teaching in universities throughout the world. He is professor at the Wagner Konservatorium and honorary professor at the Yerevan State Conservatory.
Prof. Petrushevski also worked at the Trinity College of Music after which he worked for many years in London, at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had one of the largest classes, and his students are winners at numerous international competitions.
A special place in Igor Petrushevski’s teaching is working with children. His work with children is resulting in pupils as young as twelve years old performing in major concert halls such as Music Verein Golden Hall in Vienna, sharing stage with musicians such as Anna Netrebko and giving performances throughout the world. The methodology that he passes to young pupils is in major part the same as how the legendary teachers thought him in Moscow.
A crucial part of his teaching methodology is to develop on the same level technical, emotional and intellectual aspect of playing. It is a giant complex puzzle where if there is one piece missing the whole picture is just not there. In Moscow work on students in great classes was done by the assistants and the main professors. Different aspects of creating a violinist were allocated to the assistant and the others to the main professor. Having studied under this system, Prof. Igor Petrushevski is trying to pass on to his students all these aspects.