Teen Cellist Inspired by a Legend

Anna Litvenenko

Anna Litvinenko says she often has to ask her father to turn down the TV so she can practice piano and cello. hide caption

itoggle caption

Award Winner

Congratulations to Anna Litvinenko, recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Anna will receive an award of $10,000 to help her continue her music studies and assist her with music-related needs.

Anna Litvinenko followed in her mother's footsteps by taking up the piano. But then she switched to her father's instrument, the cello, after he showed her a video of the legendary cellist Jacqueline DuPre. These days the 13-year-old is accomplished on both instruments. Anna is also a member of the Miami Symphony.

She loves to practice and finds it amusingly ironic that her father, who is both her teacher and the principal cellist at the Miami Symphony, often harps on her to quit practicing so he can watch TV. "But I'll tell him he should turn off the TV so I can practice," says Anna. "I'd rather practice than watch TV!"

She plays "At the Fountain" by Carl Davidoff.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.