Seventeen-year old violinist, Katia Tesarczyk is the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Mary West
Solo Competition; a laureate of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition Junior Division, and the
2016 National MTNA Competition Junior Division. She has also won first prizes in the Schubert
Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, Dakota Valley Symphony Young Artist
Competition, and MTNA West Central Division Junior Strings Competition. She was a two-time
winner of the Minnesota Sinfonia Concerto Competition in the Junior (2015) and Senior (2017)
categories. She is the 2018 Larson Memorial Award Winner of the Salon se Lève concert series.
She has been a soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, Dakota
Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Katia has attended the
Bowdoin International Music Festival, Orford Music Festival in Québec, Pienza Music Festival
in Tuscany, and Bravo! String Institute in Minnesota. She has performed in master classes given
by Ilya Kaler, Yair Kless, John Gilbert, Henning Kraggerud, Almita Vamos, and Sergiu
Katia is a student of Sally O'Reilly, and attends Central High School in Saint Paul.
Katia plays on a 1870 Paul Bailly violin, generously on loan to her by the Virtu Foundation.