Based in Belgium, violinist Tatiana Samouil has pursued an international career as a performing artist and educator, representing the Russian school of playing. She was raised by a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia, and began studying piano at age three and violin at six. She made her debut with the Moldavian National Symphony Orchestra at nine, in a performance of Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major, conducted by her father, Alexandru Samoila. She attended the Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied with Sergey Fatkulin and Maja Glezarova, and earned her soloist diploma. She worked on her Master's degree with Igor Oistrakh at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, and continued her post-graduate studies with José-Luis Garcia at the Reina Sofia Superior School in Madrid. Between 1998 and 2002, Samouil won awards at several major violin competitions, including the Tenuto Classical Music Contest for Belgian Radio and Television, the International Henri Vieuxtemps Competition, the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, and the International Tchaikovsky Competition, among others. She also appeared as a soloist at music festivals, and toured Europe, Russia, Turkey, and South America. Since 2002, Samouil has been the concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, and she co-founded the Malibran String Quartet in 2008. Since 2004, she has been a professor of violin at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo, and since 2009, she has also taught at the Antwerp Royal Conservatory. An accident in 2014 required a long period of convalescence, but Samouil returned to the concert stage in a televised program at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Samouil has played various historic instruments, such as the Guarnerius del Gesu violin, "ex-Vieuxtemps," the 1721 Antonio Stradivarius "ex-Kreisler," and the 1770 Nicolò Gagliano, as well as a modern violin by Christian Bayon. ~ Blair Sanderson
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