Rotary Club of Huntley invites you to join the virtual benefit concert featuring violinist, Masha Lakisova, on October 24th at 7 pm.  Proceeds benefit the “End Polio Now” Rotary International campaign to eliminate the polio virus world-wide.  Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free.  If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.


The concert will be streaming at and on Eradicate Polio Day, October 24th at 7 pm.  Donations can be made at any time on PayPal.



Chicago violinist Masha Lakisova currently studies with Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory, and she has taken lessons and masterclasses with Ana Chumachenko, Anne Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, and Augustin Hadelich.  She has had the privilege of performing in esteemed concert venues as a soloist and as a chamber musician in collaboration with artists such as Vadim Gluzman, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlin Roussev, and Ilya Kaler. 
She has taken top prizes at prestigious competitions such as the Stulberg and Klein International String Competitions, the Tibor Junior and Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competitions, National YoungArts, and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. As a member of string quartets at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Masha won two consecutive Gold Medals at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” Masha has been a student at the Perlman Music Program since 2016.


Lyudmila Lakisova graduated from the School of Music for Gifted Children, affiliated with the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1988. She earned her Master's Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Chamber Music in 1993 with a Ph.D in Piano Accompaniment in 1995, both from the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music in Minsk. 
She has performed in many well-known venues, such as Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Harris Theater in Downtown Chicago, Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Lyudmila has also given performances in the Steinway Society Concert series, Stradivary Society, and was featured on WFMT with Kerry Frumkin and in the Myra Hess Concert Series at the Cultural Center Downtown Chicago.
As an accompanist and collaborative pianist, Lyudmila provides her skills to the students of Chicago's well known violin and piano teachers. Lyudmila is also a chamber music coach at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, Illinois and a rehearsal pianist for the Chicago Master Singers.