14-year-old violinist 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. Attending the Heifetz Institute as a 13-year old student in the summer of 2015, Masha performed on several of the Institute’s “Stars of Tomorrow” and “Celebrity Series” concerts, and joined fellow 13-year old student Noga Shaham to perform the Star-Spangled Banner before 30,000 fans at Washington Nationals Park. In 2015 Masha also 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 and performed the 1st movement of Schumann’s Sonata no. 1 in A minor with Christopher O’Riley. 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-land area and beyond. In 2015, she became a Laureate of the 22nd International Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition in Italy. She also became a Diplomant of the 7th International Louis Spohr Violin Competition in 2013. Masha’s chamber group Piano Trio Royale 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, and has also received 1st Prize in 2015 Rembrandt High School Chamber Music Competition.
Masha is currently studying with Indiana University and Heifetz Institute professor Grigory Kalinovsky, and has previously worked with Drew Lecher and Larisa Zhizhin. Masha has also taken lessons and masterclasses from Pinchas Zukerman, Mariam Fried, the Cavani Quartet, and Heifetz faculty member Shmuel Ashkenasi.
As a passionate chamber and orchestra musician, Masha enjoys playing at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory where she is a concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the first violinist of the Diamant string quartet.