15-year-old Masha Lakisova has had the privilege of performing in esteemed concert venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Hall, and Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Hall. Masha appeared as a soloist at Vadim Gluzman’s North Shore Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and on NPR’s “From The Top” in October 2014, where she received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In December 2012 and July 2013, she was featured live on WFMT’s Introductions with David Polk, and later gave her official Chicago debut recital on October 5th, 2013, at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, Illinois.
Masha took 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 music player. Her chamber group appeared on NPR’s “From The Top” in November of 2015, was the youngest to advance to the semi-finals of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in May of 2014 and 2015, received 1st Prize in the 2015 and 2016 Rembrandt High School Chamber Music Competition, and won the Silver Medal at the St. Paul String Quartet Chamber Music Competition. In May of 2016, her string quartet Diamant received the Gold Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
Masha is currently studying with Indiana Unviersity professor Grigory Kalinovsky, and has previously worked with Drew Lecher and Larisa Zhizhin. Masha has also taken lessons and masterclasses from Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and the Cavani Quartet. She has collaborated with Vadim Gluzman, Ilya Kaler, Christopher O’Riley, the Ariel Quartet, and David Schrader. She has been a featured soloist with several regional orchestras under the baton of Francesco Milioto, Stilian Kirov, Brian Groner, Bruce Polay, Allan Dennis, and others.
In past summers, Masha attended the Heifetz Music Institute, the Manhattan in the Mountains Summer Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. As a passionate orchestral musician, Masha enjoys playing at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory where she is a concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the first violinist of a string quartet.
Masha currently plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin on generous loan from Kenneth Warren and Son, Ltd.
Sunday, September 24, 3:00 PM
IVCC Cultural Centre
Masha Lakisova, violin