Violinist Leonid Sushansky is the Artistic Director for the Arlington based National Chamber Ensemble. He has been acclaimed widely for his, "Gorgeous tone... Compelling musical personality...Passionate intensity," by The Washington Post. He began musical studies with his mother, Rimma Sushanskaya, a violinist and pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh. Mr. Sushansky enjoyed early recognition when at age 12 he appeared on the Marvin Hamlisch TV Special for Showtime. From age 13, Mr. Sushansky was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, and also had the privilege of being coached by the great violinist, Isaak Stern. At age 15, he was invited by Zubin Mehta to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Graduate studies were completed at the University of Maryland with Daniel Heifetz and the Guarneri Quartet. The National Chamber Ensemble presents its season at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre.