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Maria Sofia Catania


Born in 2003, at the age of four she started to study the violin at Suzuki school in Treviso.

From 2012 she is attending the Zinaida Gilels Violin School under the guidance of the violin teacher Maria Caterina Carlini and with the same teacher she takes part in the International Summer Camp Zinaida Gilels of Vittorio Veneto.

In 2011 she won the second prize at the XIX International Music competition of Cortemilia.

In 2013 she won the first prize at the Concorso Nazionale Città di Bardolino (National Contest Bardolino) and the second prize at the 9th ARS NOVA International Music Competition of Trieste, Paolo Spincich award.

In 2014 she won the first prize at the 6th Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Giovani Musicisti” Città di Treviso (International Contest of musical performance “Young musicians” Treviso), the second prize at the 11th Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Luigi Cerritelli” (International Music Contest “Luigi Cerritelli”) of Salò, Brescia, the first prize at the 5th Concorso Musicale Città di Firenze “Premio Crescendo” (Music Contest of Florence “Premio Crescendo”).

In May 2014 she was selected to play at the XIX Rassegna Nazionale dei Giovani Strumentisti ad arco (National Festival of young instrumentalists) organized by E.S.T.A. at the Auditorium of the “Camera di Commercio” of Cremona. In 2015 she won the first maximum prize at the Concorso di Occhiobello (Occhiobello Contest), the first prize at the 6th Concorso internazionale giovani musicisti Antonio Salieri di Legnago (International Contest for young musicians Antonio Salieri of Legnago), the second prize at the Concorso Internazionale Valsesia musica Premio Monterosa-Kawai (International Contest Valsesia music Monterosa-Kawai award).

In June 2015 she passed the exam of the first pre-academic level at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan with a mark of 10 out of 10.

In April 2016 she won the first maximum prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Nuovi Talenti” città di Spinea (International contest of musical performance “New talents” - Spinea) and in May 2016 she won the first maximum prize at the Concorso Internazionale Città di Palmanova (International Contest Palmanova).
In October 2016 she passed the exam of intermediate level at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan with a mark of 10/10 with honours.

In March 2017 she won the first prize at the Concorso Nazionale Vito Frazzi di Scandicci (National Contest Vito Frazzi of Scandicci) and the prize Eriberto Scarlino and on 8th April 2017 she won the First Prize Winner as part of The Great Composers Competition, The Music of Germany and Austria, instrumental category.
On 25th April 2017 she won the X Concorso Nazionale di Esecuzione Musicale, Piove di Sacco (X National Contest of musical performance - Piove di Sacco); she won the first maximum prize at the VII Concorso Nazionale per giovani musicisti - Val di Sole (VII National Contest for young musicians - Val di Sole) in May 2017.

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