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Violinist Hao Miao selected for elite international competition

Hao MiaoHao Miao, right, a College of Music student of Professor Julia Bushkova, is the only violinist in Texas selected to compete this year in the Senior Division of the elite Menuhin Competition.

The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for violinists under the age of 22 and will be taking place in the U.S. for the first time this year. Miao was one of only 22 violinists selected to take part in the Senior Division of the competition from among 168 applicants in that division. The 2014 competition drew a record number of 275 entries overall, and 42 violinists from 27 different countries were chosen to compete from Feb. 21 to March 2 at the University of Texas in Austin.

Originally from Inner Mongolia, Miao studied violin at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at Kharkov National University of Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine.

“He follows instructions diligently and with great attention,” Bushkova said. “Hao gave at least 12 public performances in the departmental recitals during the first semester alone - something no music student has previously done.”

Miao previously applied for this competition, but this is the first year he was chosen to compete.

“Hao practices at least six hours every day, in addition to several weekly violin lessons and other classes he takes,” Bushkova said. “The string department is proud to have this very talented and extremely hard-working student who is also modest and exceptionally nice.”

- Natalie Caballero, student assistant, News Promotions



Posted on: Wed 12 February 2014

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