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Clarissa Bevilacqua

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Clarissa is fifteen years old and has a true passion for music. She started playing the violin at age five, and debuted at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago in front of ten thousand people when she was nine years old. She has given solo recitals and concerts in Chicago, Paris, Weimar, Milan, Florence, Piacenza, Varese, Genoa, Terni and Cremona. She has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall. She was invited to perform as a soloist at the Chicago Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony, at the NATO Summit Chicago event and at the Italian Parliament in Rome. She is the youngest violinist chosen to perform regularly with the precious Stradivarius collection of the Violin Museum and the Friends of Stradivari in Cremona. Clarissa is the recipient of the ‘Breaking Ground Artist’ award by Picosa Chicago, the 'Young Talent' award by Sony Classical Talent Scout and the Guadagnini Scholarship by the Rotary Club. She has won prizes in several national and international competitions including the New York International Artists Competition, European Music Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, MYA Walgreens Concerto Competition, UIC Youth Concerto Competition, Merit Concerto Competition, SAI String Scholarship Competition, and MYA Discover Chamber Music Competition, "Premio Abbado" National Competition, "Cittá di Giussano" National Competition, "Città Castel San Giovanni" National Competition and the Soloist Competition of the Conservatorio Nicolini Orchestra with the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Clarissa is currently completing her Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance at the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy. She studies violin with Daniele Gay, and her previous teachers include Olga Kaler, Professor at DePaul University School of Music, and David Taylor, New Music School Violin Faculty and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster. Clarissa performs on a 2013 Daniele Scolari violin, and on a 1706 Giuseppe Guarneri on generous loan from the private collection of Cav. Uff. Salvatore Dugo.