Mark Kovnatskiy is a widely traveled and highly acclaimed violinist, composer and Yiddish dance leader. He is also the artistic director of the international “Yiddish Festival Moscow” (RU). Mark has performed and taught at many music festivals around the world from North America to the former Soviet Union. In addition to his projects such as the “Hamburg Klezmer Band”, “Semer Ensemble”, “Joel Rubin Ensemble”, “European World Music Ensemble”, “Queen Esther Klezmer Trio” and “Fialke”, Mark has performed as a guest musician with “Socalled” (CAN) “Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh” (USA), “Painted Bird” (Germany), and “Forshpil” (LAT), among others. He teaches Yiddish music and dance internationally. Mark has worked with orchestras such as the “Augsburger Philharmoniker” (Germany, 2011), “Aurora Orchestra” (UK, 2011) and “INSO Lviv (UA, 2014). In 2009 he worked as artistic director of the Hamburg “KlezmerFest”. His own klezmer compositions are played by many different groups around the world.