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Dana Zemtsov


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'Ever saw a violist play so intense that you literally see the friction cause smoke to emanate from the strings? . . . based in the Netherlands, the young musician has become one of country’s most promising and prominent young talents'

Dana has been described as one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. Named Young Musician of the Year in 2010, and included as one of Europe's most promising young talents  in the Stars of Tomorrow tour of Germany, she leaves a trail of first prizes in prestigious contests from Luxembourg and Italy to Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. 

Born in Mexico City in 1992, Dana had her first music lessons at the age of 5 from her grandmother, and from her parents, both viola players (Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein). She has studied under renowned professors including Bruno Giuranna, Atar Arad and Sven Arne Tepl, and is currently studying with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. 

Dana has toured Denmark, Peru and the USA and taken part in festivals in Germany, Italy and the UK. She regularly appears on the most important international stages, including the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, The Opera Hall in Tel Aviv, and Carnegie Hall (New York). 

She has played chamber music with Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Frost, Ilya Gringolts and pianist Boris Berezovsky, and performed as a soloist with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Sweelink Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam and the F. Busoni Chamber Orchestra (Italy).

Highlights in past seasons include Dana´s performance of the Bartok Viola Concerto in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), playing chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, and a recital in Carnegie Hall (New York).

Signed to Channel Classics for a three album deal, Dana has so far released two: Enigma, Solo Works for the Viola,  and Romantic Metamorphoses, both well-received. 

Dana uses a beautiful Sartory bow kindly granted to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.