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Winner of both the Tibor Varga and Joseph Joachim International Violin Competitions in 2021, violinist Maria Ioudenitch speaks to online editor Davina Shum about her recent competition success. Maria shares how she prepares to keep match-fit for competition performances, both musically and mentally. She shares how she deals with performance nerves, offering advice to young musicians starting out on dealing with the pressures of competing. Plus we hear about her exciting plans and ambitions for the future.

Maria was born in Russia, moving to Kansas City at the age of three. She studied at the International Center for Music at Park University, in Kansas City with Ben Sayevich, the Curtis Institute of Music with Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi and the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried.


Ysaÿe: Sonata no.5 for Solo Violin in G major

II Danse rustique

Maria Ioudenitch, violin

Photo credit: Jenny Chou


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