Violinist Katya Moeller, 17, 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 Togliatti (Russia) International Violin Competition (2021), 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 First Prize in the Charleston Baroque Music Competition (2021), Honorable Mention in the National YoungArts Foundation Competition (Miami) (2020), and she also was a prize-winner at Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition (2019, 2021), MTNA West Central Division Junior Strings Auditions, American Music Institute Violin Competition (Chicago), Sejong Music Competition (Chicago) and one of seven finalists of the National MTNA Auditions (2019, 2021). In May 2020, as a member 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 and West Central Region Winner (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 collaborating with Red Cedar Chamber Music and will also be producing a professional recording of Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano with the Avita Duo.
Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, praised as “First rate” (Germany’s Fono Forum), “Full of dramatic intensity” (London’s International Piano), “Subtle and expressive” (France’s Journal L’Alsace) “Impressive musicianship, musically very poetic” (Boston Globe), and “Refined sensibility and exquisite pianism” (New York Concert Reviews), has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, Russia, USA, Canada, and South America. The scope of her concert engagements extends from prestigious professional concert venues, such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, Shanghai City Hall in China, City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong, Chetham’s International Piano Series in England, and Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, to major academic institutions world-wide, including over 200 American universities’ guest artist series. Her diverse and extensive repertoire list consists of masterworks and lesser-known pieces, as well as over 30 piano concertos.
She has recorded for Profil Medien, Albany Records, Centaur Records, and Capstone Records labels. Among her nine critically-acclaimed recordings are the complete Years of Pilgrimage by Franz Liszt, called an ‘outstanding achievement’ by Classics Today and “super disc” by London’s International Piano magazine.
A graduate of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and University of Colorado, Dr. Ksenia Nosikova is a Professor of Piano and Co-Chair of Piano Department at the University of Iowa. Her students have won prizes at various national and international competitions and have been accepted to prominent music programs, including Curtis, Juilliard, Colburn, Eastman, and Peabody. She has presented over 250 master classes in the US and abroad, most recently at the Beijing Central, China, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xian, Sichuan, Tianjin, and Shenyang conservatories and Hong Kong Academy in China. This past summer she taught and performed at the Semper International Music Festival in Italy and Wiener MusikSeminar International Master Classes in Austria. Her 2018 concert engagements took her to Brazil, China, Singapore, Thailand, and Europe. She is a member of the American Liszt Society’s Board of Directors and the Artistic Director of Piano Sundays at Old Capitol Concert Series (IA). Ksenia Nosikova is a Steinway Artist. www.ksenia-nosikova.com