Violinist Anat Kardontchik began her violin studies at age 7, and at age 10 she made her solo début at the Sounds of Music Festival in Palo Alto, California. At the age of 11 she joined the 1st violin section of the El Camino Youth Symphony and was the youngest member of the Symphony tour of Italy and Austria. During her high school years she continued to win awards and accolades. She performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony under the baton of Camilla Kolchinsky, and at age 15 won 1st prize at the Young Musicians Competition with the Penninsula Symphony. Ms Kardontchik also served twice as concertmaster of the National Festival Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by the legendary Lucas Foss. In 2007 she was the winner of the MTNA Young Artist Award in the string category. Ms Kardontchik has participated in various festivals including Keshet Eilon, Music Academy of the West, and Spoleto Festival U.S.A. She has a bachelor of music degree from Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. She is currently studying at Carnegie Mellon with Cyrus Forough.