Sedra Bistodeau performs Novacek's Perpetuum Mobile at TEDxTC. Sedra is 15 years old and attends Princeton High School, in Princeton, MN. Sedra started playing the violin at age 3 and currently studies with Lucinda Marvin at MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009 Sedra was awarded the top prize at the MN State Fair Talent contest in the Open Division with her rendition of the famous Piano concerto by Franz Liszt. In 2010 Sedra was awarded Grand Prize of the MNSOTA Mary West Solo competition for a solo performance with the Bloomington orchestra. She was also selected as the 1st place winner of Schubert Club Scholarships.
Sixteen-year-old Sedra Bistodeau began playing the violin at age three, studying with noted teachers Margaret Haviland and Mary West at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Princeton, MN. She currently studies with Sally O'Reilly, Professor of Violin at the University of Minnesota.
She received the Mary West Violin Scholarship four years consecutively, then at age 10 won the honor to perform Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor (3rd Movement) as a soloist with the Little Falls Heartland Symphony. She won the top prize in the junior division of the Minnesota Sinfonia Competition, allowing her to solo with the Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra (Introduction and Tarantella – Sarasate) in 2008 under the direction of Jay Fishman.
In 2009, Bistodeau won the MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition and performed solo (Sibelius Violin Concerto) with the Bloomington Orchestra. The following year, she won the MacPhail Civic Concerto Competition (and another solo performance with the Civic Orchestra) and earned first-place finishes in the Schubert Club Scholarship and the Minnesota Youth Symphony's Essay Scholarship.
This year, Bistodeau has already won first place in the Thursday Musical Scholarships and was the Grand Prize winner in the Saint Cloud Symphony Concerto Competition, soloing with the Saint Cloud Symphony (Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 4).
In addition to her focus on classical music, Bistodeau has spent an equal number of years on the violin art of fiddling. She has found much success in this area as well, through competitions and special guest appearances. She appears in the soon-to-be-released TV documentary, The Devil's Box, completed a recording with Peter Ostroushko, and has made numerous visits to Garrison Keillor's, A Prairie Home Companion.
Currently recognized as one of the top ten fiddlers in the United States, Bistodeau has accumulated many awards including two first-place finishes in the Junior Junior division at the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest, a first place at the coveted “Gone to Texas” division at the Fiddlers' Frolics in Halletsville, TX, and three top finishes at the Wisconsin State Championship. In 2010, Sedra Bistodeau placed fourth in the Open division of the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest.
Bistodeau also performs with her family, The Bistodeau Family Band. She began appearing with The Bistodeau Family Band at age six, and has since recorded three CDs with them. They are currently available for bookings worldwide.
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