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OCU Grad Student Wins Violin Concerto Competition
An Oklahoma City University violin graduate student from Russia won first place in the Enid Symphony Orchestraís 2009 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Competition. In addition to winning $3000 in prize money, OCU's Marat Gabdullin will be featured soloist of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in two performances with the Enid Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 8. Gabdullin was one of three finalists performing in a recital format Jan. 18 in Enid Symphony Hall. Gabdullin, a student of John Arnold, competed against Jaymes Kirksey of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Nan Lu of University of Oklahoma. The competition and concerts are in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohnís birth. The competition was open to Oklahoma violinists, aged 17-28. The competition was sponsored by the Enid Symphony Auxiliary. Judges for the first round of competition were Joseph Genualdi, violin faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and member of the Chicago String Quartet; Kathleen Winkler, a member of the violin faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University; and Douglas Newell, music director of the Enid Symphony Orchestra.