Grand Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra concert with soloists from Russia and Brazil
Thousands of miles from home and their families, two young musicians who have dedicated their lives to studying music at UND say they are thrilled to perform with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
Violinist Olga Kossovich, 24, from Russia, and Anne Marques Catarin, 23, a Brazilian pianist, are the soloists of the concert, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the Masonic Center.
Kossovich and Catarin are the first and third winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition for Young Artists, sponsored by the Grand Forks Symphony, respectively.
They met their mentors, UND music teachers, at music events in their home countries and chose to enroll in UND.
Kossovich, originally from Moscow, met Alejandro Drago, associate professor of music at UND, during a music competition two years ago in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was a member of the jury.
“He invited me to study at Grand Forks,” said Kossovice, who came here in 2018.
Kossovich obtained his bachelor’s degree in violin performance and is pursuing a master’s degree in violin performance, under the tutelage of Drago.
“He’s an amazing teacher,” she said. “In fact, he encouraged me to participate in the Young Artists Competition. He is an inspiration to me. I developed my skills thanks to him.
She also won first place in the 2019 Bismarck Young Artist competition earlier this year. But these awards are just the latest in a long list of winning performances in prestigious competitions in Russia and Paris.
Kossovich began playing the violin at the age of 4, receiving musical training in the preparatory classes of the Moscow State Conservatory.
“For me, I knew music was my life when I was 12,” she said.
Her mother, who plays the viola and teaches music, “really wanted me to take this route musically,” she said.
“It’s really important that every musician participates in competitions,” she said. “It really helps you improve – the quality of your performance (ability) is much higher – even if you don’t earn anything. ”
After completing her masters at UND, Kossovich said she plans to pursue a doctorate and a career as a soloist, but is uncertain where she will study.
She hopes to continue performing as a soloist in concerts with orchestras, she said.
“It’s a really important experience for the future,” said Kossovich, adding that she hopes to stay in the United States where the opportunities to pursue a performance career are much greater than in her native country.
She is also seen in the same role as Drago, her mentor at UND.
“I am also very interested in pedagogy. I hope to teach at the university level, ”she said.
Catarin, who arrived in Grand Forks from Curitiba, Brazil, in 2017, recently completed her Masters, majoring in Piano Performance, as a student of Nariaki Sugiura, Associate Professor at UND.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Catarin said of North Dakota. “I knew Dr Sugiura was here. And I knew he was a great teacher.
Catarin, who recently started her doctoral studies in music education, often travels to other countries – such as Europe and Asia – to perform in concert, which is how she met Sugiura.
“As a musician, your mentor is such an important figure. You want to be with someone who not only plays well and teaches well, but is also a nice person, because you are so far from home and they guide us, ”she said. “He has so much experience and is such a nice person. , and he’s performed all over the world.
In his musical career to date, Catarin has received numerous awards in solo competitions in Brazil and North Dakota. She has been active both as a solo and collaborative pianist in the United States, Japan and Brazil and has participated in several renowned Brazilian music festivals.
Participating in competitions “tells people that you are able to focus and work hard, that you have the will to keep going and keep fighting for the best,” she said.
In addition to his solo playing, Catarin participates in several chamber ensembles, collaborating with a variety of instruments and settings. In the future, she hopes her career emulates that of Sugiura.
“He’s got the kind of job and the kind of mindset that I want to achieve as a musician and a professional,” she said. “I want to have a job just like Dr. Sugiura. I want to be able to teach college students and perform not only in the United States and Brazil but also in other countries.
She also plans to integrate well-being into her teaching.
“I am very interested in finding ways to introduce students to well-being and self-awareness, because I believe that music is a mirror of our inner world,” she said. “You can express so many things with music. I believe that you can be a better musician if you really know yourself, have confidence in what you are doing, and feel good about yourself, mentally, emotionally, physically, everything. It’s such a big influence.
She is well on her way to becoming a teacher and performer, and pursuing a passion for “helping people find themselves and express themselves through music,” she said.
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What: Grand Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Concert, “The Music of Poland and America”
Which: Featured soloists Olga Kossovich, violin, and Anne Marquez Catarin, winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition for Young Artists
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday 8 December
Or: Grand Forks Masonic Center, 423 Bruce Ave.
Admission: Adults, $ 25; senior (65 and over), $ 20; student and military, $ 15; and child (15 and under), $ 5. For more information visit