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Maria Kitsopoulos

In 1988, Maria Kitsopoulos appeared as soloist with The Continuum Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall. Since then, she has performed as soloist with The Phoenix Symphony, The Westfield Symphony, The Graz Orchestra, and many others. Her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall was sponsored by The Guild of Composers and the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.

Miss Kitsopoulos is an active performer of contemporary music with groups such as the The Continuum Ensemble, The Guild of Composers, and Music Mobiles. She has traveled throughout Europe with The Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris, France. In New York, Maria Kitsopoulos performs regularly with The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of Saint Luke's and The New York Chamber Symphony. She has been awarded a series of scholarships and awards throughout her career. As well as being a finalist in the first Emannuel Fuermann Cello Competition and a prize winner in The National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition, she has been awarded fellowships for study from both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals.

Maria Kitsopoulos is a member of the four cello ensemble, CELLO. This very popular group travels throughout the United States playing music specially commissioned by them. With CELLO, she has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall, as well as numerous colleges and universities throughout North America, dedicating many performances to the works of Peter Shikele, Meyer Kupferman and Reza Vali.

Upon receipt of both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, she was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding leadership. Her teachers have included Jerome Carrington, Ardyth Alton, Scott Ballantyne and Aldo Parisot. Miss Kitsopoulos currently serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School, where she is a candidate for The Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. Since the 1997-1998 season, Maria Kitsopoulos has been a member of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

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