Meruert holding her violin, looking into the camera

Born in Kazakhstan, Meruert Karmenova started playing violin at the age of 5 and later moved to Moscow, to study at the Gnessin Special Music School with Tatiana Berkul with whom she continued her studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 2012.

During her studies, Meruert became a laureate of many international violin competitions, among others: the Second Prize of the 2nd International David Oistrakh Competition of Violinists in Moscow (2007), the First Prize at the 2nd International Violin Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan (2008), the First Prize at the 6th International Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Competition in St.Pölten, Austria (2010), the First Prize of the 17th Tolyatti International Competition of Music Performers in Tolyatti, Russia (2012) and the Second Prize of the 5th International David Oistrakh violin competition in Moscow (2013).

In 2018, she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, was chosen as an artist in residence of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and began working with Augustin Dumay. Soon, she won the First Prize and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by a contemporary composer Alexey Shor in the Riga Classic Strings Competition in Riga, and won the Vienna classic strings and festival International competition.

In 2022, Meruert won the Second Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of work by Karol Szymanowski of the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. Following the Competition, she embarked on tour performing among others with the Poznań Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (NOSPR), NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Amadeus chamber orchestra of the Polish Radio, and the Philharmonic Orchestras in Rzeszów, Opole, Cracow and Łódź. Meruert’s 2023 plans include performances with orchestras and in festivals in Poland, Germany, Belgium and Kazakhstan, as well as releasing her debut album.

Her violin bow is not the only one she excels in using – in her free time, Meruert practices archery and figure skating. She is also keen on fashion shopping.

Meruert sitting holding her violin, looking into the camera.

Recognition and awards

  • 2nd prize, 16. International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (2022)
  • 1st prize at International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan (2008),
  • Ludwig van Beethoven International Violin Competition in Austria (2010),
  • European Music Games Competition in Kazakhstan,
  • International Violin and Cello Competition Riga Classic Strings in Latvia.