Capriciously Romantic



Venue: Lincoln Theatre

Soloist: Anna Litvinenko - Cello

Date: Sun, October 24th 2009 | 8pm

Conductor: Eduardo Marturet

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 in b minor
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, Op. 70 in E-flat Major

Cuban-Ukranian cellist Anna Maria Litvinenko is one of Miami's best kept secrets. Born in Kherson, Ukraine, Anna first began studying piano with her mother at the age of 5 and soon after began studying cello with her father. Anna exhibited prodigious development on both instruments, but found her most intimate connection with the cello. By the age of 10, Anna made her concerto debut with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Two years later, at age 12, Maestro Eduardo Marturet invited Anna to join The Miami Symphony Orchestra cello section as the first young artist in MISO's Outstanding Young Artists Program. Anna has appeared as a soloist with the Hollywood Philharmonic, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Alhambra Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Symphony, New World School of the Arts Orchestra, Walenstein Symphony, Miami Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño. Her repertoire includes concertos by Haydn, J.C. Bach, Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak. Anna has won first prize in several South Florida concerto competitions sponsored by organizations including the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Alhambra Orchestra, Walenstein Symphony Orchestra, Michael and Madelyn Savarick Annual Music Competition, New World School of the Arts, and the New World Symphony.

In summer of 2008, Anna was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme in Caracas, Venezuela with the critically acclaimed Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño of El Sistema. Anna has performed in master classes for William de Rosa, Yehuda Hanani, Alisa Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, and Andrés Díaz. Anna has served as principal cellist at the Florida Orchestra Association All-State Festival. She has also been a featured soloist on several occasions for The American Ideal concerts produced by Bella Smith and broadcast on Miami's public television station, Channel 17 - WLRN. In 2007, Anna won the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and appeared on NPR's From the Top, a weekly showcase of America’s top young classical musicians. Anna is also a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar. In 2009, Anna was a semi-finalist at the Sphinx Competition. Anna is 15 years old, and her primary cello teacher is her father Konstantin Litvinenko.  She also studies with Aaron Merrit at Miami's New World School of the Arts High-School where she is in the 10th grade. Most recently, during the summer of 2009, Anna studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen at the prestigious Meadowmount School for Strings in upstate New York.