Master of Music:
Saratov State Conservatory, Russia
A native of Russia, Daria Kovtunova began studying violin at age six. She latter trained with Michael Mindlin and Edward Gavrilenkov at the Saratov State Conservatory of Music where she received numerous competition awards and was selected as the principle of the Saratov Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. She also was a favorite performer on the conservatory's festivals of contemporary music.
Upon graduation Mrs. Kovtunova joined the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, where she also was a member of several touring chamber ensembles. From 2010 to 2013 she was engaged as a violinist by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra of China. She has performed under the batons of internationally renowned conductors including Adrian Leaper, Eugenie Bushkov, Johannes Wildner, Muhai Tang and Vladimir Spivakov and has toured in Germany, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China and the UK.
In 2014 she joined City Chamber orchestra of Hong Kong as a core player, one of Asia’s major chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic arts entities. The orchestra has recently collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists, including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Lise de la Salle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also forged exciting partnerships with celebrities such as Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Katherine Jenkins, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee and Robin Gibb. Mrs. Kovtunova is currently performing and teaching in Hong Kong.