BA – Conservatory of Music (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
BM – Northern Kentucky University
Madina Akhatova was born and spent her first 5 years in Russia, after which her parents moved back to their hometown, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1991, she began her violin studies at the Special Musical School called after the Russian composer Gliere in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She finished the school in 2002 and in the same year she entered the Conservatory of Music in Uzbekistan. While studying at the Conservatory she performed solo concertos by Mozart, J.S.Bach, and Saint-Saens with the Chamber Orchestra and with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. She graduated with honors in 2006 from the Conservatory, where she studied in the class of Alexander Sultanov. From 2003 until 2008, Madina was a member of the local Radio Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan.
She also played in the symphony orchestra at the World Soloists’ Opera Music Festival in Kazakhstan. During the summer of 2009, Madina participated in the Norse Festival at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and in the Accent Festival at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music during the summers of 2009-2011. Three years in a row (2010-2012), Madina participated in the KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association) as a member of the intercollegiate orchestra.
In August 2008, Madina became the recipient of a full scholarship to attend Northern Kentucky University, where she studied under Catherine Lang-Jensen, Associate Principle Second-Violin of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Madina was the solo performer in the world première of We are Here! by Dr. Philip Koplow in 2009. During her four years at Northern Kentucky University, Madina served as Principal Violinist for both the NKU Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras. In December 2010, she performed Solo Concerto No.2 by Wieniawski with the Northern Kentucky University Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2011, she, along with her chamber group, was awarded Second Prize in the Macauley Chamber Music Competition in Louisville, KY. For about a year, from March 2012, Madina played with the Clermont Orchestra, as well as the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Metropolitan Pops Orchestra.
Madina graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University in Violin Performance in May 2012. After her graduation she taught privately at Angel’s House of Music in Ohio and at Northern Kentucky School of Music. Madina was a member of the Southbank Quartet (a quartet-in-residence at Northern Kentucky School of Music) since it was formed in 2012. As a member of the quartet she taught privately in addition to directing the Mozart (1st year) and Beethoven (2nd year) string programs. In 2014 Madina became a director and a conductor of the Northern Kentucky Concert Strings (5th-7th grades).