2019 Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund recipient

Miriam Minkova was born in June 2005 to a Polish-Slovak family. She started attending Primary School of Arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, at the age of five, receiving her first violin lesson two years later. She is currently taught by Evgenia Prievalska and privately by Professor Jindrich Pazdera, who teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

She has made her soloist debut with Slovak Sinfonietta in 2018, with Sir Simon Chalk as the conductor.

Ms. Minkova has won plenty of awards and prizes, including the Bronze Award at Josef Muzika Competition for Young Violinists 2016 in Nova Paka, Czechia, the Silver Award at Jan Cikker Children Music Festival 2016 in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, a Honorary Award at Talents for Europe 2017, Dolny Kubin, Slovakia, an Award for an „Outstanding Performance“ at Vaclav Krucek Violin Competition 2018 in Novy Jicin, Czechia, the „Pressburg Paganini“ title at the Pressburg Paganini Competition 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia, the „Absolute Winner“ title at the Detva‘s „Golden String“ Violin Competition 2019 in Detva, Slovakia, and more.

She plays a 1923 instrument, „Aeona“ 966 by Franz Joseph Koch of Dresden.

Miriam had attended masterclasses with Danuta Glowacka-Pitet, Dorota Obijalska, Jan Drha, Dalibor Karvay and Vadim Gluzman among others.