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Meet Marina Ziegler- Winner of the 2023 Schumacher Competition

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Marina will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Philharmonic on Saturday, April 22nd at Cleveland State University and Sunday, April 23 in Westlake. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Marina Ziegler’s journey with music began at the age of four when she started studying piano with her mother, Mayumi Kikuchi. A year later, she started her violin education at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Stephen Sims.

Marina has since studied violin with Cleveland Orchestra member Isabel Trautwein and CIM Preparatory faculty Eugenia Poustyreva. She also studied piano with Nancy Bachus. Marina currently studies privately under David Bowlin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and works on sonata repertoire with Carolyn Warner of The Cleveland Orchestra.

In the past, Marina has won prizes in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Competitions and awards in both piano and string divisions of the Ohio Buckeye State Competition. She also won the Suburban Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Concerto Competition in 2020 and 2021 and appeared as a soloist in 2021. She then appeared as a guest soloist with the orchestra earlier this year, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Marina was a finalist of the COYO Concerto Competition in 2021 and appeared as a soloist earlier this year. As the winner of the 2022 COYO Concerto Competition, she will again appear as a soloist with the orchestra in May.

In 2019, Marina joined the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and has since served as principal second violin, assistant concertmaster, and concertmaster. She is also a passionate chamber musician and played in her first chamber ensembles as part of the CIM Preparatory
Chamber Music program, where she performed as a violinist, violist, and pianist. Since then, Marina has been coached in chamber music by various musicians including Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet, Peter Stumpf from the Jacobs School of Music, Nick Coords from New England Conservatory, Janet Ying of the Ying Quartet, and Liz Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet.

Last year, Marina had the opportunity to join Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). As part of the orchestra, she played in Carnegie Hall as well as major concert halls across Europe with conductor Daniel Harding and cellist Alisa
Weilerstein. She was also invited to participate in Chamber Music Northwest’s inaugural Young Artist Institute in Portland, Oregon, studying with Soovin Kim and Jessica Lee. In previous summers, she has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Credo Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Encore Chamber Music Institute.

Marina attends Copley High School, where she is a senior. She teaches piano to beginners at her mother’s home studio. When she isn’t practicing, she enjoys going on drives, hiking with her dog, Yoshi, and making coffee.