Dina Bolshakova

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Dina Bolshakova was born in Russia, and she started her cello studies at the age of 6 at the Specialized Music School for Children in Gatchina, St. Petersburg with Vera Sogijaine. In 2000, Dina received a prestigious “Star of Prometheus” award, founded by Dmitry Likhachev, one of the most influential Russian cultural personalities of the 20th century, and given to the most gifted and promising children of St. Petersburg.
In 2005, Dina graduated with diploma (high honors) in Cello Performance from Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music at St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she studied with Konstantin Kucherov. During her time at the Rimsky-Korsakov college, she also studied intensively with Vadim Messerman, who is a principal cellist at the Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg.
In 2005, Dina was accepted into Universitat der Kunste (UdK), Berlin as a cello student. Initially she studied in a class of Catalin Ilea, and then in a class of Konstantin Heidrich. Since 2010, Dina is a graduate student at UDK, continuing her studies with professor Heidrich. She attended masterclasses with many renowned cellists, including Bernard Greenhouse, David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti, Wolfgang Boettcher, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirschbaum, Jens Peter Maintz and Troels Svane.
As a chamber player, Dina was a prizewinner at several competitions, including 2001 International Chamber Music Competition in Murcia (Spain) (second prize), 2003 All-Russian Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg (third prize), and the Hanns Eisler Competition in Berlin for composition and interpretation of new music in 2007 (second prize) and 2009 (first prize). The prizes at Hans Eisler Competition resulted from her continuing collaboration with the Berlin’s young composers. Presently, Dina continues her active participation at their projects.
As a soloist, Dina was awarded the third prize at the Berlin Domenico-Gabrielli-Wettbewerb, and she won the Artländer Music Prize in 2007.
In 2011 she was a finalist at the International Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome.
Her concert activity started in St. Petersburg, where she performed at some of the most important music venues in the world, including both the Grand Hall and Small Hall of St. Petersburg Philarmonia. She went on to perform throughout Europe and in the United States, giving solo recitals as well playing as a chamber musician. As a soloist, she appeared with the Baden-Baden Orchestra and with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dina receives scholarships from the Paul-Hindemith-Gesellschaft Berlin (since 2008) and the Foundation Villa Musica, a foundation of the German Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz (since 2010).
and House of Music St.-Petersburg (since 2010). She participated at several festivals, such as Encuentro Santander, Harmos Festival in Porto, IMS Prussia Cove, Duchi d’Acquaviva in Atri. From September 2012 til May 2013 she was a co-principal cellist at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

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