Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Cecee Pantikian
|Violinist Cecee Pantikian has established herself as a performer of musical sensitivity, often being praised for her impressive combination of virtuoso technique and colorful musicality. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician, and solo recitalist.
In June 2003, Ms. Pantikian made her Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) debut, performing Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto with the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York under the baton of David Gilbert. She has also appeared as guest soloist with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York.
Cecee Pantikian is a winner of numerous prizes and awards, including the Waldo Mayo Memorial Award, the Competition for Young Musicians in Bulgaria, and the Kozian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. She has studied with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, Albert Markov, and Stoika Milanova at the Manhattan School of Music and the Sofia Music Conservatory.
In chamber music, Ms. Pantikian has been one of the winners of the “Grammy in Our Schools” Instrumental Competition (1999) and the Lincoln Center Competition for Young Musicians (2000) with the Bayside High School Piano Quartet. As winners, they performed at Alice Tully Hall. In 2001, her quartet from high school was featured and recognized by the acclaimed National Public Radio program From the Top. In addition to Musica Bella, she is also a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and the City Orchestra.
Cecee Pantikian has attended various music festivals, such as Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist Program of the National Arts Center of Canada, Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Program, the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Rondo Music Festival in Vermont, and the Arkandor Music Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Ms. Pantikian is currently pursuing her master of music degree with one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, Pinchas Zukerman, and also with Patinka Kopec, both at the Manhattan School of Music. The highlights of Ms. Pantikian’s 2005-2006 season included performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, both with the Musica Bella Orchestra.
Musica Bella concerts: January 30, 2005; February 21, 2005; March 13, 2005; May 21, 2005; May 22, 2005; October 30, 2005; January 22, 2006; March 26, 2006; May 21, 2006; October 22, 2006