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Student’s prestigious cello awards are music to MSU’s ears

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Michigan State University student Fedor Amosov, a 20-year-old native of Moscow, was awarded first prize in the 52nd annual WAMSO Young Artist Competition this year in Minneapolis. The young musician also recently won first place for strings at the 38th Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings.

“Several very established U.S. musicians heard Fedor perform and called me to say what a great talent he is,” said professor of cello Suren Bagratuni, who teaches Amosov. “The WAMSO competition has opened doors for him. He gets to debut with the Minnesota Orchestra, which is a major orchestra that no MSU student has ever played with.”

By winning two prestigious awards this year, Amosov is building a credible reputation for himself and Michigan State.

The Young Artist Competition is a collaborative effort between WAMSO – the primary volunteer support group for the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association – and the Minnesota Orchestra. Musicians younger than 26 years of age compete for more than $15,000 in cash prizes, scholarships, performance opportunities and summer program scholarships. This year’s finalists were drawn from an original field of 58.

Amosov received $7,500 in WAMSO awards, plus the $500 Vincent R. Bastien Memorial Cello Award. He has earned a performance with the Minnesota Orchestra and a solo recital performance with the Schubert Club of St. Paul, as well as a taped performance on McGraw Hill’s Young Artist Showcase, WQXR Radio in New York City. He also received a $5,000 scholarship to the Aspen Music School in Aspen, Colo., where he will play in the Aspen Music Festival.

The Corpus Christi International Competition is a widely recognized and highly selective competition open to students of the piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass or harp who are younger than 26 years of age. The contest is limited to 40 performers. He was awarded $5,000 from the Corpus Christi competition.

Amosov competed against students from some of the most prestigious music schools in the country including Juilliard in New York City, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Next year Amosov will be playing with the Minnesota Orchestra but is currently enjoying life at MSU. “This is his first experience in United States, and he is getting used to it,” Bagratuni said. “The other students in my studio embraced him, and there is a good atmosphere.”

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