Katariina Maria Kits – violin
Genres: Classical music / Chamber music / Orchestral
Born in Tallinn, Estonia. Katariina’s musical studies started at the age of six. In 2002, she became a student at the Tallinn Music High school, firstly in Marge Lille’s class, then in 2004-2014 in Tiiu Peäske’s class. From September 2014, she studies with prof. Svetlana Makarova in Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Katariina has performed a number of works with orchestras as a soloist: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Virumaa Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Music High School symphony orchestra, Pärnu City orchestra, Haapsalu City orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Vaasa City orchestra. She has toured Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia as a soloist, orchestra and chamber musician.
Since Katariina won the Estonian ETV TV-competition “Classic Stars 2014” she has had a lot of television and radio performances.
She also worked together with Arvo Pärt, who is nowadays one of the most leading alive composers, and she recorded many times several of his compositions, such as Spiegel im Spiegel etc.
In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Katariina was given a full scholarship at the Astona International Summer Academy.
Katariina has taken masterclasses with Alf Richard Kraggerud, Robert Rozek, Detflef Hahn, John York, François Killian, Alexander Bonduriansky, Gudny Guðmundsdóttir, Pavel Vernikov, Jan Repko, Nicolas Dautricourt, Florian Donderer, Petru Munteanu and Ulrike Danhofer.
Katariina is a multiple prizewinner at international competitions, she won 2nd Prize at the ESTA National String Competition in 2005 and 1st Prize in 2007; 4th Prize at the International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition in Moscow (2006); 2nd Prize at the ‘Remember Enescu’ International Violin Competition in Sinaia (2006); 3rd Prize (2007) and 2nd Prize (2009) at the International Competition for Pianists, Violinists and Cellists ‘Young Musician’; 1st Prize with a violin-duet at the competition Talents for Europe (2009); in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 she won the Grand Prix at her school competition “Con Fantasia”; she won the Estonian ETV TV-competition “Classic Stars 2014”.
Katariina Maria Kits performs on the violin (made on year 1670) by Henricus Catenar. Provided by the Estonian Instrument Fund.