Maria Cherkassova Russia, 20, Senior

Maria began her violin studies at the age of six in Vladivostok, Russia. She has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions including 1st  Prize at the All-Russian Competition of Arts: Young Talents of Russia in 2012, 1st  Prize at the tenth International M. Erdenko Violin Competition in 2016 and 3rd Prize at the eighth DeMYUKS international violin competition in 2019. Maria currently studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor A. Trostiansky. Maria regularly performs solo recitals across Russia and has performed with the Far-Eastern and Kuban Symphonic Orchestras and the Youth Chamber Orchestra at the Musikverein (Vienna), conducted by Claudio Vandelli in 2014.

“Since I found out about the Menuhin Competition in 2012, it became my greatest dream to participate one day. I still can’t believe that my dream is coming true! I’m so excited and happy! It’s a big honor to share my music with the audience and the distinguished members of the jury. I look forward to visiting the USA for the first time and meeting new friends there. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience for everyone!”