Russia, Maykop Southern Viola
Bella Chich was born in Maikop (Russia) in 1996. From the age of 6 she began playing violin and piano. In 2009 she entered the Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, studying viola with Professor Maria Sitkovskaya. She has played in several recitals and concerts organized by the school and has been part of its Chamber Orchestra, with which she has participated in several tours in Europe.
Since the 2015-2016 academic year, she is student at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, with Professor Nobuko Imai. She enjoys tuition and residence scholarship from Grupo Timon/ Beca Jesús de Polanco. Received from the hands of Her Majesty Queen Doña Sofía the Diploma of the most outstanding student of her chair in the academic year 2015/2016. As a student she has participated in numerous Master Classes taught by Oliver Wille, Veronika Hagen, Günter Pichler, Casals Quartet, Antoine Tamestit, Hariolf Schlichtig, Lawrence Power, Tabea Zimmermann and Nils Mönkemeyer. She is part of the Mendelssohn Quartet, under the tutelage of Professor Heime Müller, the Consort of Violas Mutua Madrileña Foundation, Freixenet Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo, Stefan Lano, Juanjo Mena, Pablo Gonzalez, Jaime Martin, Victor Pablo Perez and Andres Orozco-Estrada. She has also played with Camerata Reina Sofía under the baton of Anne-Sophie Mutter and with Sinfonietta, with Baldur Brönnimann and Jorge Rotter.
Also being invited to Santander Festival to work with Krzysztof Penderecki, Nobuko Imai, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Peter Csaba, among others. She has participated in numerous famous music festivals as Lac Leman Music Festival, Mozarteum Summer Academy, Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland and in Japan she has worked with Pamela Frank, Sadao Harada, Nobuko Imai, as well with Chamber Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kazuki Yamada. In Verbier Festival Academy she has received a Master Classes with Yuri Bashmet, Antoine Tamestit, Lars Anders Tomter, Pamela Frank and Gabor Takács-Nagy.
In 2018 she was awarded first prize at the International Competition “Jóvenes Intérpretes” in Xativa (Spain). In 2019 she was awarded 3rd prizes at the 57th Beethoven’s Hradec Viola Competition and at the 21st International Viola Competition «Los Llanes» in Spain.
She plays a viola made by Aymeric Guillard.
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