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A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, cellist Sonya Matoussova now resides in Houston where she is actively involved in the city’s music scene as both performer and educator. As a 2015-2016 Da Camera Young Artist, Ms. Matoussova makes regular appearances at the Wortham Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection, as well as in hospitals and schools in the Houston area.
Since 2014, Ms. Matoussova has held the position of assistant principal cellist of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and in November 2015 was featured as soloist with the orchestra. She is also the current principal cellist of the Moores School Symphony Orchestra and a member of the newly-formed Bayou City Symphony. A strong supporter of new music, Ms. Matoussova served as the cellist of the Aura Contemporary Ensemble from 2013 to 2015. In addition to maintaining an active private studio, Ms. Matoussova teaches for the Coda Program; a Houston Youth Symphony initiative inspired by “El Sistema”.
In 2014, Ms. Matoussova was awarded First Prize at the Schlern International Music Competition in Italy. She was also a first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competition for two consecutive years, as well as a finalist in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu Competition in Sorél-Tracy, Canada.
Ms. Matoussova has participated in many music festivals, including the Domaine Forget Academy (Canada), Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), Tiberius Week (Romania), Texas Music Festival (USA) and the Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada). She has performed in masterclasses for Mischa Maisky, Alexander Rudin, and Alexander Ivashkin, among others. Her passion for chamber music has taken her all over the world, with performances in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Italy, Poland, and Romania. In 2008, Ms. Matoussova appeared with I Musici de Montreal as one of the soloists for the premiere of Paul Desenne's Dragoncello for six celli and string orchestra.
Ms. Matoussova holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Montreal (class of Yuli Turovsky) and a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Music Performance from the University of Houston (class of Vagram Saradjian).