Roza Borisova - Cello

A smiling woman with a bob haircut holds her cello.Roza Borisova, cello instructor and native of Ioshkar-Ola, Russia, has been teaching at Lawrence Community Music School since 2003. Ms. Borisova began studies on the cello at the age of seven. After receiving her B.A. in music performance from the Ioshkar-Ola State Music College, she moved to Moscow, where she earned a M.Mus. in performance pedagogy and a D.M.A. in String Quartet Performance from the Russian State Academy of Music (formerly Gnesin’s Institute) in Moscow.

In 1989 Ms. Borisova was selected to be cellist of the Veronika String Quartet (newly formed by Valentine Berlinsky, cellist of the Borodin String Quartet). The Quartet’s international tours resulted in numerous prizes including the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Shostakovich String Quartet Competition, and the Russian National Competition. As an award of the Shostakovich Competition, in 1992 the Quartet was invited to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and relocated to the Unites States. Ms. Borisova served as Artist-in-Residence and graduate teaching assistant at various institutions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Colorado and earned a second M.Mus. in music performance from Miami University, Ohio.

As part of the Veronika String Quartet, Ms. Borisova performed regularly as cellist with various symphony orchestras and at many festivals and institutes around the world, including the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Second Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, the Britten-Pears School of Music in England, and the Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio. She currently performs with the Midwest Mozart Festival Orchestra, Woodstock, IL and freelances with orchestras and chamber music groups in Milwaukee, WI. She takes pleasure in teaching aspiring cellists.