Violinist Katya Moeller, 16, played her first solo recital at the age of six. She continues to share her love of music and joy of performing by regularly presenting diverse programs to appreciative audiences. She made her orchestra debut when she was twelve and since then has been a featured soloist with several symphony orchestras in the Midwest. As a member of the vibrant Avita Duo, she performed multiple concerts in Brazil, Thailand, and Singapore in the fall of 2019 and early 2020. A successful competitor, most recently, Katya was named the First Prize Winner of the World Bach Competition (2020), First Prize Winner of the ODIN International Music Competition (2020), First Prize Winner of the 1st World Violin E-Competition “Napolinova” (2020), Grand Prize Winner of the ENKOR International Violin Competition (2019), 2nd Prize Winner of the 1st Harmonium OnlinePlus International Music Competition (Yerevan) (2020), Prize Winner of the Semper International Music Festival Competition (2018) in Italy and was one of the ten semi-finalists of the 2019 Ysaÿe International Music Competition in Liege, Belgium.
Nationally, she earned Honorable Mention in the National YoungArts Foundation Competition (Miami), and she also was a prize-winner at Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition (Minneapolis), MTNA West Central Division Junior Strings Auditions, American Music Institute Violin Competition (Chicago), Sejong Music Competition (Chicago) and one of seven finalists of the 2019 National MTNA Auditions. In May 2020, as part of Dasani String Quartet, Katya was the Grand Prize Winner at the Chicago International Music Competition (2020) and received a Silver Medal Award at the Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition (2020). Katya is the 2020 Iowa MTNA Winner and will advance to the West Central Region Finals in 2021.
Katya is a violin student of Professor Almita Vamos (Chicago), and a Fellowship member of the prestigious Music Institute of Chicago Academy. She started taking violin lessons at the age of four at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City with Christie Felsing. Katya has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Semper International Music Festival in Italy. She has participated in master classes and lessons with renown musicians and pedagogues, such as Midori (Philadelphia), Rachel Barton Pine (Chicago), Georgy Pauk (London), Naoko Tanaka (New York), Paul Huang (New York), Sergey Kravchenko (Moscow), Paul Kantor (Houston), Regina Brandstätter (Vienna), Alexander Brussilovsky (Paris), Vladimir Landsman (Montreal), and the Cavani Quartet (Cleveland). Her 2021 solo engagements include an artist residency and 3 performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and invitations to perform with Ottumwa, Bemidji Symphony, and the Iowa City String Orchestras. In the summer of 2021, she will be producing a professional recording of Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano with the Avita Duo.
You can find Katya’s performance here.