Evgenia Epshtein is Associate Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), Russia, she began her violin studies at the age of six and attended the High School for Gifted Musicians under Vladimir Milshtein. Evgenia immigrated to Israel in 1990 where she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. She then studied with Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her master’s degree. As co-founder of the Aviv Quartet, Evgenia is a winner of the Third Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999 Grand Prix and four special prizes), the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003) and Charles Hennen Music competition (1999).