Ava Cosse’, 13, began playing violin at 2 ½ years of age, and also plays piano. She currently studies violin with Mrs. Medea Guldedava, and piano with Alyssa Fitch. Ava is an eighth grader at Beverly Hills Intermediate School in Houston, where she plays in the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sandra Shaffer and Ana Payne. Along with Virtuosi of Houston, Ava is also a member of the Bay Area Youth Symphony. She has also participated in the American Festival of the Arts (AFA) Summer Music Festival. She has received superior ratings at Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble contests, and won a gold cup award for consistently superior ratings at piano competitions. Ava recently won 2nd Prize at the BAYS Concerto Competition, and has also earned positions in the TMEA Region 19 Orchestra. She is an Honor Roll student, and when she’s not practicing Ava enjoys spending time with her family, composing, arts and craft activities, playing sports with friends, and playing with her dog, Fermata.