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Posted on: 15 May 2017

Anna Achieves Professional Standard of Playing

When Anna Lezdkan took her Grade 8 Violin exam, it was the very first she had entered!  The Year 9 student has been playing violin since the age of 4, but had not done any formal graded exams before.  

Anna and her family moved to the UK from Russia when she was small.  Music is very much part of their lives - her parents are musicians and teachers, and her younger sister plays piano. As well as violin, Anna plays piano and used to play the harp.  Her violin teacher is in Russia and she sees him just twice a year - in the summer when the family go back for the holidays, and when he is in residence in Stratford upon Avon - and in between times, her cellist father oversees her practice.

Anna is a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and over the Easter holidays the orchestra attended a residential music course followed by a concert at the Anvil in Basingstoke. They worked hard on hugely challenging music including Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances”.  Carl Clausen, Director of the Orchestra, wrote to say that Anna was a credit to the school, bringing “a really positive attitude, worked hard and achieved a truly professional standard of playing.”

Anna said, “I am studying Music for GCSE and want to go on to do A-Level and possibly study Music at University. My next goal is to take my Grade 8 Piano exam before the GCSEs start!”