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Maria Grokhotova

Violinist Maria Grokhotova was born in Moscow in 1987. Her musical studies started at the Gnessins Special College of Music that she entered at the age of five, and has been continued at Gnessins Music Academy under professor Leonid Bulatov. After graduation with honours in 2010, Maria Grokhotova took a post-graduate course at the Academy. 

Her performing career started at the age of twelve, and her talent and skills has been marked by grants from "New Names" and "Russian Performing Art" Charity Foundations, prizes at the 3rd Moscow Violin Competition (2006) and Austria Barock Akademie Music Awards (2007 and 2009). She has won the Weichlein-Price at the International Biber-Competition (St. Florian, Austria, 2011). She also participated in the festival "Winter in Schwetzingen" (2012, as soloist) and in the "Ludwirsburger Schlossfestspiele" (2012).

Maria Grokhotova is specially interested in performing music of Baroque and classical eras. She acts as a permanent participant and performer of summer courses of Austria Barock Academy in Gmunden, Austria, as well as ABA workshops in Moscow. She studied a barock violin by Ilia Korol, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Stefano Montanari and Reinhard Goebel. In 2008–2009 she had a position of leader of the Gnessins Academy Symphony Orchestra.  Maria Grokhotova is currently concentrated mostly on solo and chamber repertoire performing in a number of significant venues in Russia, Austria, Germany, Spain.
Hossam Mahmoud