The violinist Maria Shalgina is a laureate and a diploma winner of 14 International and all-Russian competitions, the scholar of the Russian and German foundations. She is referred to as “a talented violinist who possesses the bright individuality” by the rector of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, professor Mikhail Gantvarg.
Maria Shalgina obtained the higher education at three institutions: The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. She was tutored by such famous professors as P. Amoyal, V. Ovcharek, M. Gantvarg and U. Wallin. She was also taught by such prominent musicians, as E. Grach, H. Krebbers, M. Lubotsky, K. Wegrzyn, G. Pauk and S. Ashkenazi. Maria Shalgina won her first competition in 1999. She was awarded the first prize and the Grand- Prix at the International Kurt Schwaen Competition in Berlin. This was followed by several prizes that she won at different competitions: Alexander Glazunov International Competition in Paris (France); International Beethoven Competition (Saint Petersburg), Caltanissetta International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), Nariman Sabitov’s Open Competition of Musicians in Ufa (Russia), Moscow International Paganini Violin Competition (Russia), the International “Julio Cardona” Competition in Covilhã (Portugal), “Jeneusse Musicales” in Bukharest (Romania) and “Modern Art and Education” International Competition in Moscow (Russia).
In 2012 Maria became the laureate of the International Solo Violin Competition in the violin capital of the world, Cremona (Italy). Afterwards she was invited to Germany to record the CD with Bach’s “Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin”. This is a rare chance for a young violinist as Bach’s solo pieces are considered to indicate the creative maturity of an artist.
Maria Shalgina regularly performs as a soloist with the symphonic orchestras and is also known for performing pieces for a solo violin. Her concerts at the best concert halls of the world are always a success; she plays at the Moscow State Conservatory Grand Hall, Big and Small Halls of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Gasteig in Munich. She also goes on tours to different cities in Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Poland, Denmark and France.
The repertory of the violinist is constantly growing; it includes over 20 concertos for violin and the orchestra, 25 sonatas and a great number of pieces of different time periods. Maria pays particular attention to the pieces by Bach, as well as to the 20th century music and romanticism. She released her first album with Sonatas and Partitas by Bach, «Sei solo a violino senza basso accompagnato». The violinist wrote the annotation for the CD herself. The second Bach album will be released in January, 2018. Maria plays the Domenico Montagnana violin, which was made in 1725.