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Masha Lakisova




Sixteen-year-old Masha Lakisova has had the privilege of performing in esteemed concert venues in the United States and all over the world. She has appeared as a soloist with more than twenty orchestras in the United States, and at Vadim Gluzman’s North Shore Chamber Music Festival where she became the first recipient of Arkady Fomin Scholarship. She was featured on NPR’s “From The Top”, where she received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and on WFMT’s Introductions both as a soloist and as a member of various chamber groups.


She has taken top awards in several prestigious competitions throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area and beyond. In 2015, she became a Laureate of the 22nd International Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition in Italy, and she became a Diplomant of the 7th International Louis Spohr Violin Competition in 2013. Masha is also a passionate chamber musician. Her chamber groups have appeared on NPR’s “From The Top” three times and won Gold Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition two years in a row, 2016 and 2017. They received 1st Prize in the 2015 and 2016 Rembrandt High School Chamber Music Competition, as well as 1st Prize at the WDAV Young Chamber Mucisians Competition in 2017. They also won the Silver Medal at the St. Paul String Quartet Chamber Music Competition in 2016.


Masha currently studies with Professor Grigory Kalinovsky at Indiana Unviersity, and has previously worked with Drew Lecher and Larisa Zhizhin. Masha has also taken lessons and masterclasses with such prominent virtuosi as Anne Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Ida Kavafian. She has collaborated with Vadim Gluzman, Ilya Kaler, Christopher O’Riley, the Ariel Quartet, and David Schrader.


Masha attended the Heifetz Music Institute, and is now a student at the Perlman Music Program. Miss Lakisova currently plays a 1845 J. F. Pressenda, Turin, violin on generous loan from the owner through the efforts of the Stradivary Society of Chicago. The Stradivary Society is a unique organization that supports the very highest level of string playing by assisting Patrons who own the most precious antique Italian instruments and choose to make them available to artists of exceptional talent and ability.



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