MSO Fellows


MSO Violin Fellow and Concertmaster

American virtuoso violinist Nadir Khashimov began his studies at the age of 7. He is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with violinists Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Previous teachers include Vakhob Khashimov, Patricio Cobos, Sergiu Schwartz. He has been awarded scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation and is the winner of the Woodruff Award for Excellence. Khashimov has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic Orchestra, Monte Carlo Orchestra, National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, United Nations Orchestra, the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Festivals that Nadir has attended include: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, and the Verbier Academy. While at Verbier in 2012, he was awarded the Violin Prize of the festival. Nadir has collaborated with artists Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Colin Carr, Jason Vieaux, Ralph Kirshbaum, Vasily Petrenko, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Vladimir Ziva, Kevin Griffiths, as well as members of the Guarneri, Emerson and Orion Quartets. Khashimov has been a laureate in numerous competitions, including the Dvarionas International Violin Competition, Lithuania (1st prize and Special Prize), Kocian International Violin Competition, Czech Republic (1st prize), Enescu International Violin Competition, Romania (1st prize) and Grand-Prix, Novosibirsk International Violin Competition, Russia (3rd prize and Audience Prize), Blount/Slawson National Competition, USA (2nd prize), Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition, Russia (2nd prize), Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, Spain (2nd prize and Audience Prize), Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, Russia (Grand- Prize), and Michael Hill International Violin Competition, New Zealand (4th prize).

Other notable accomplishments include performing all Paganini’s 24 Caprices in a recital and debuts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Louvre Museum in Paris. Khashimov plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1828, a generous gift from Alisher Usmanov

Antonio Hallongren

Antonio Hallongren
MSO Cello Fellow and Principal Cello

The Montgomery Symphony is pleased to welcome its newest Artist-in-Residence, Antonio Hallongren, as the MSO's Principal Cellist.  

Praised by the Epoch Times for his "unusually beautifully and expressive playing," Swedish cellist Antonio Hallongren was recently appointed Artist-In- Residence for the 2016-2017 season of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra's fellowship competition.

Antonio is a prizewinner of several Swedish and international competitions. Most recently, he made his Weill Hall debut with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations as the winner of New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s soloist competition. He has been awarded prizes by the Swedish Academy of Music, was named Best String Player at the Sinfonia- Haverhill Soloist Competition in London, and toured Norway performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonics after winning the Nordic Competition Young Soloists in Concert. As a chamber musician, Mr. Hallongren has performed together with some of the most respected artists today, such as Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker from the Emerson Quartet and Miguel Da Silva from the Ysaÿe Quartet. During his two years at Juilliard, Antonio played principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra, collaborating with world- renowned conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Itzhak Perlman and Ginandrea Noseda. Continuously looking for ways to share his love of chamber music with more audiences, he is the founder and Artistic Director of Avalon Music Consort, which has been producing chamber music festivals in Lovstabruk, Sweden, since 2013. In 2016, he launched Avalon Young Musicians Prize, a prize for exceptional young classical musicians to encourage careers in classical music. Hallongren is a graduate of the Master of Music program at the Juilliard School where he was a student of David Finckel and Richard Aaron.

Antonio plays a cello by J.F Lott made in 1727, kindly on loan from the Jarnaker Foundation. 


Fellows History


Violin Fellows

Nadir Khashimov 2015 - 2017

Delyana Lazarova 2013 - 2015

Robin Scott, 2011-2013

Liana Gourdjia, 2009 – 2011

Sun-Young Gemma Shin, 2007 – 2009

Benjamin Sung, 2005 – 2007

Elena Hirsu, 2003 – 2005

Peter Rovit, 2001 – 2003

Yosuke Kawasaki, 1999 – 2001

Xiang Gao, 1998 – 1999

Denitza Kostova, 1997 – 1998

Emi Ohi Resnick, 1995 – 1997

Rachel Varga, 1993 – 1995

Andy Simionescu, 1991 – 1993

Damien Pegis, 1989 – 1991

Pamela Frank, Honorary

Jihye Chang, Honorary Fellow


Cello Fellows

Antonio Hallongren, 2016-Current

Natalie Helm, 2015 - 2016

Geneviève Guimond, 2014 – 2015

Ahrim Kim, 2012 – 2014

Laura Usiskin, 2010 – 2012

Dan Totan, 2008 – 2010

Katarina Juraskova, 2006 – 2008

Hrant Parsamian, 2004 – 2006

Alexi Romanenko, 2002 – 2004

Leonardo Altino, 2000 – 2002

Bo Li, 1998 – 2000

Darius Skoraczewski, 1996 - 1998