Russian violinist Svetlana Kosakovskaya began playing the violin at age five and was performing in public by age nine. She graduated with honors from the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory as a student of Vladimir Ovcharek. She went on to earn her master’s degree and performance certificate in violin performance from the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, studying under Ilya Kaler, and a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University Conservatory of Music under Elmar Oliveira. She has performed in numerous concerts throughout Russia, Germany, France, Hungary, Belgium, and the United States.
Ms. Kosakovskaya is the winner of six competitions, including the Naftzger Competition (Wichita, Kansas), first prize in the E. Mravinsky International Competition (St. Petersburg), first and grand prizes in the A. Glazunov International Compeition (Paris), and first prize in the International Symphony Competition in Volgograd. She was the recipient of a scholarship from the Young Talents of Russia Federation as well as the Special Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation.