Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Dina Nesterenko
Dina Nesterenko, violin, was born in Omsk, Russia in 1980. She started studying violin at the age of four with her parents, who are violin players themselves. At the age of ten, Dina moved to Novosibirsk to study violin at the famed Specialized Music School established by the Novosibirsk conservatory.
In 1998 Dina entered the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She studied there with Victor Danchenko, who was a pupil of David Oistrakh. In addition, she participated in Curtis Symphony Orchestra master classes and performances with conductors Simon Rattle, Roger Norrington, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yury Temirkanov, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach. In May 2002, Dina graduated from Curtis and received her Artist’s Diploma.
In May 2006, Dina graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor’s degree in the studio of Robert Mann.
During her musical career, Dina has frequently soloed with orchestras and participated in numerous competitions that include:
Kloster-Schoental (Germany, 1995): 2nd Prize and a special “Virtuoso” Prize. Classica Nova (Germany, 1996): 1st Prize and a special prize for interpretation of Shostakovich’s music. All-Russian Competition, Senior Division (Moscow, 1997): 2nd Prize. She was the youngest participant at the competition. Tchaikovsky (Senior) Competition (Moscow, 1998): Semi-finalist diploma. In October 2003, she was an alternate (2nd place) in the Mozart concerto competition in the Juilliard School. Currently, she is a recipient of a Starr scholarship for studying in the Juilliard School.
As a long-term goal, Dina sees herself as a performing musician and teacher. She would like to perform as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
She was a violin soloist in the Corelli Christmas Concerto on Musica Bella’s October 1 and 4, 2006 chamber orchestra concerts.
Musica Bella concerts: October 1, 2006; October 4, 2006