Description Alina Pogostkina (born Leningrad, 18 November 1983) is a Russian-born German violinist. The daughter of two professional violinists, Pogostkina began playing the violin at the age of four and quickly showed herself to have exceptional talent. She gave her first concerts at the age of five. In 1992, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where the eight-year-old Alina and her parents initially had to make a living as street musicians.With success in several international violin competitions, Pogostkina won the 1997 Louis Spohr Competition and in 2005 took first prize at the Ninth International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki, as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Alina Pogostkina currently plays a Stradivarius from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and resides in Berlin.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.