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Beauty and talent don’t always go hand in hand, but in the case of Russian cellist Nina Kotova, they certainly aren’t mutually exclusive. Having studied from an extremely young age at the Moscow Conservatory as well as studies with cello guru Mstislav Rostropovich, she garnered first prize at the Prague International Radio Competition in 1985. Her experiences as an international fashion model (“as comfortable with her Chanel as with her cello” says Classic FM) have also influenced her musical life as a prolific composer, producing works like Scenes From the Catwalk for cello and piano, as well as a full-scale Cello Concerto, which premiered in 1996. While Kotova’s performances specialize in the wealth of the cello repertoire by Russian composers, her own works are also a high priority. Tonight she’ll perform the lushly romantic Rachmaninoff Sonata in G Minor as well as her own Five Pieces, accompanied by pianist David Korevaar. This recital kicks off the new Women in Music series hosted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which will also feature flutist Jeanne Galway and soprano Linda Hohenfeld in the upcoming season. Kotova performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Auditorium, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $12. (202) 783-7370. (Amy Domingues)