Latvian-born cellist Margarita Balanas was awarded the ABRSM Scholarship and Zara Nelsova Trust Award and Martin Muaical/Philharmonia Orchestra scholarship to undertake her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, London, under Mats Lidstrom.
She is a prizewinner in numerous international competitions and her performances include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House amongst others in Europe and Australia. She has performed in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Natalia Gutman and Raphael Wallfisch. Recently Margarita returned from the Adelaide International Cello Festival 2014 in Australia where she performed numerous solo recitals.
In July Margarita will compete in the finals of the Guilhermina Suggia Gift in Porto, Portugal.