Masha Lakisova Biography
Masha Lakisova, age 12, began her musical journey with piano at age four, followed by violin about a year later. Today, she is home-schooled and a student of internationally renown violin teacher Drew Lecher.
Masha is a regular guest of many prestigious concert series and took the highest awards in the Illinois Music Association Competition, the National Walgreens Competition, the National Discover Chamber Music Competition, the National Granquist Geneva Days Music Competition, the DePaul Open Division Concerto Festival, the American Protégé Piano and Strings Solo and Concerto Competitions, and the 28th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius. In November 2013 Masha became the youngest finalist of 7th International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists and was praised by Stradivari Magazine, which stated: “American Masha Lakisova, in Mendelssohn concerto, stood out for her sensitive musicianship and communication with the pianist...”
She has had the honor of performing in musical venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia, and Pick Staiger Hall at Northwestern University. In December 2012 and July 2013, she was also featured live on WFMT’s Introductions with David Polk.
In addition to her solo performances, Masha is a concertmaster of the Midwest Young Artists Youth Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Royale Piano Trio. She also enjoys performing at a variety of other nonprofit venues, singing, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.