Evgenia Zharzhavskaya, Violin
Evgenia Zharzhavskaya, born in St.Petersburg, Russia, began to play violin at the age of 6. She entered the Rimsky-Korsakov School of music the same year. She later continued her studies at the St.Petersburg state conservatory. While still at the conservatory she won a position with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Ms. Zharzhavskaya has participated in a number of prestigious music festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), Gustav Mahler Academy (Italy), Verbier (Switzerland) and Miyazaki (Japan), where she performed with some of the world’s leading conductors such as James Levine, Yury Temirkanov, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as with famous soloists including Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Vadim Repin, Itzhak Perlman and Mischa Maisky. In 2010 Ms. Zharzhavskaya moved to Florida where she received her Professional Performance Certificate and Master’s Degree under Elmar Oliveira at Lynn University Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She has actively performed with orchestras and chamber groups in South Florida, including Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Boca Symphony. In the fall of 2014 Ms. Zharzhavskaya won a full-time contracted substitute position with the Houston Symphony, where she currently performs.