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Meet Mariya Ksondzyk of in Fenway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariya Ksondzyk.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story as a musician goes a long way. I was born in Ukraine and when I was 5, my parents and I moved to the US where I grew up in Washington State. I started playing violin in my public school program but switched to viola in my junior year of college because I always secretly liked viola. This is my third year in Boston; I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in viola performance at The Boston Conservatory.

How I got started on my social media presence:
I had always been wanting to start posting more videos of myself playing on social media but I was so scared! When you post videos of your performances, you really make yourself vulnerable to the public eye. I knew that social media presence was important to have and that, I had to tackle that fear just by doing it anyway.

So two years ago, I started documenting on Instagram small bits from my daily life as a musician: videos of the repertoire I’m learning, pictures of my viola, talking about what I’m working on in my practice and similar content. And, that’s how I got started.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road is never smooth for a musician! Every classical player has their own unique struggles. Being a musician is a very unpredictable lifestyle; sometimes everything is smooth and sometimes there are struggles. Sometimes, you win auditions and sometimes you get rejection letters. You never know what is going to come at you next.

I think social media has really helped me get through some of my rough patches; my Instagram network is a strong support system for myself and hopefully for my followers as well.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
There are a lot of really awesome classical musicians on Instagram and each of them have characteristics that set them apart from the rest and make them unique.

Most of my account is comprised of my videos and pictures with my viola and one of the specific things I like to focus on in my profile is candidness and humour. The world of classical music is very strict and it is no wonder that classical musicians are often stereotyped as very serious. I am serious when it comes to music-making but I strive to show that it is not who I really am outside of music. I like posting funny videos I take with friends, I complain about homework and being stuck on the train, I post selfies at parties and things like that. Maybe some of them are weird but it’s easier for me to just be my everyday self, than it is to maintain this “perfect” and serious image on social media.

Music is my life but it’s not exclusively what I do; I like showing my followers that it is possible to be serious about classical music without letting it define you or change your personality.

I use Instagram to show that outside of rehearsal, I am your average college girl: I bake, I work in retail, I have fun with my hilarious roommates and I have a passion for nail polish.

What were you like growing up?
I was a really weird child! Growing up, I was very isolated and had to spend a lot of time alone so, I turned to my hobbies to keep myself entertained. The majority of my childhood was not full of socialization and was instead eaten up by my interests: visual art, knitting, writing, calligraphy and reading a lot of (mostly Russian) classical literature.

I was very artsy and definitely went through some weird phases, like making my own clothes (somewhat successfully) and wearing safety pins in my ears. It all evened out by late high school when I became very serious about music.

One of my childhood friends recently said that growing up, I was pretty much the same as I am today; I still try to be funny and I’m still very open about myself and my opinions.

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1 Comment

  1. Arkady Kerner

    March 23, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Awesome young classical musician!

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