2016 Junior Division – 1st Place Laureate
2015 Junior Division 3rd Place Laureate
2014 Junior Division Semi-Finalist
Maria Sanderson has attended Indiana University’s String Academy for nine years and is presently a member of the String Academy Violin Virtuosi. She studies with Mimi Zweig, and has frequently performed in solo and ensemble recitals at IU. Maria was Concertmaster for the last two years of SA Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster for Indianapolis Symphony’s Side by Side Program. She has performed in masterclasses with Midori, Vadim Repin, Josh Bell and many others. Her solo work includes performances with the Moscow Ballet, the IU String Academy Chamber Orchestra, the SE Missouri State University Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and twice with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. This spring Maria toured Argentina for three weeks with the IU Violin Virtuosi; she performed as soloist at each concert and also led many pieces. She toured the US this fall for six weeks with the Sphinx Virtuosi. She is scheduled to perform this winter with the Fresno Youth Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. Maria was recently First Place winner of the Rising Star Competition, the Bloomington Symphony Competition and the Sphinx Competition.