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Marc Coppey
(France)

Marc Coppey is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists. He first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon.

In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed. He performs regularly as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors – Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.

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Martti Rousi
(Finland)

Martti Rousi was born in 1960 into a musical family. He is internationally known both as a soloist and a teacher. After playing piano for 2 years, he began his cello studies inspired by the strong Finnish cello school. He studied at the Turku Conservatory under Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. In 1979 he enrolled into the Sibelius Academy to continue his studies with Arto Noras. In 1982 he won the 1st prize at the Turku Cello Competition and was invited as a soloist by all major Finnish symphony orchestras. In 1985 he received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Janos Starker at the In diana University, winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularly had master-classes with William Pleeth and Valter Dešpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman.

In 1986 Rousi won the Silver Medal at the In ternational Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio Symphonies, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the CBSO in Birmingham, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz and the Shanghai and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

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Denis Severin
(Switzerland)

Denis Severin is a professor of cello at Geneva-Neuchâtel University of Music and Bern University of Arts (Switzerland), where he teaches cello as a major, baroque cello as a minor and chamber music.

A coveted guest professor, he also gives master classes and leads orchestra projects at Centro superior de musical Katarina Gurska (Madrid, Spain), Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music (Riga, Latvia), Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) and National University of Arts (Kharkov, Ukraine); regularly gives summer master-classes in Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Georgia and Brazil.

Denis Severin is a winner of ECHO KLASSIK Prize (2015) and GRAMMY AWARDS (2007), and a laureate of several international competitions in Greece, Italy and Spain.

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Yuri Laniuk
(Ukraine)

Сomposer, cellist, professor of cello and composition in The Lviv Lysenko National Music Academy.

Yuri is winner of the L. Revutski Prize for coinposition (1990), the B. Liatoshynski Award (2001), laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine (2005), and 1st prize at Lysenko Cello Competition in Kyiv (1979).

Yuri Laniuk was bom in 1957 in L'viv, Ukraine, In 1975-1980 he studied cello with Yevhen Shpitzer and composition with Desideri Zador in L'vi v Lysenko Conservatory. In 1972 he had lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich in L'viv.

In 1975 he studied composition with Andrzej Nikodemowicz.

Yuri Laniuk completed postgraduate studies with Vadim Chervov in Kyiv (1980-1982).

Since 1982 he is Professor of the L'viv Lysenko National Music Academy.

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Răzvan Suma
(Romania)

Răzvan Suma is one of the most important cello soloists in Romania.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Music University in Bucharest, and also studied at Longy School of Music in Cambrige, Massachusets, in the Artist Diploma Program. He attended masterclasses with great cellists like Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Herre Jan Stegenga, Miklos Pereny, Marin Cazacu and Radu Aldulescu.

Răzvan was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and has been an award winning cellist ever since picking the instrument up at the age of six, receiving the first prize in a competition at the age of seven (1984). He won important international competitions as Markneukirchen Competition (Germany), G.B. Viotti Competition (Italy), Chişinau Competition (Republic of Moldavia) and Villa de Llanes (Spain).

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Matthias Trück
(Germany)

Matthias Trück studied with Prof. Michael Flaksman at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and with Prof. Hans-Christian Schweiker at the Cologne University of Music, where he received his diploma.

Since then he has pursued his own musical career as a founding member and arranger of various ensembles off the beaten classical music paths. Since 1997 he has been a member of the cello quartet quattrocelli, which has toured and is still touring worldwide.

In 2009 he founded the Cello Akademie Rutesheim, an annual cello festival with international master classes and concerts. As director of this festival, the musical entrepreneur has shown how classical music can be successfully presented in today's world. With the festival he offers highly qualified young cello players from all over the world the opportunity to gain valuable experience and encounters at a high level.

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Attila Pasztor
(Austria)

Attila Pasztor studied cello at the Vienna Conservatory with prof. Josef Luitz and at the Vienna University Music University with prof. Wolfgang Herzer. He did his diploma in the class of prof. Tobias Kühne. Afterwards he did the academic degree Magister artium. In the years 1988 to 1994 he studied with the legendary cellist Daniel Shafran, and was coached by Arto Noras. Masterclasses with David Geringas.

Honourings and prices: "Vienna Philharmonic" Prize (1990), OESTIG Prize for Contemporary Music, ORF Prize by the Austrian Radio (1987), 1 prize as a soloist at the Intern. Chamber Music Festival Austria (1987), 1st prize in the internal competition in Liezen (1992), 1st prize at the internal music competition Bayreuth (1994), 2nd prize at the Brahmswettbewerb Pörtschach.

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Artem Poludennyi
(Ukraine)

Artem Poludennyi was born 1989 in Kiev, Ukraine

He got musical education in Kyiv children Academy of arts first, Middle special music school n.a. M.Lisenko, and then in National music Academy of Ukraine n.a. P.I.Tchaykovsky (graduated in 2011).

Artem leads an active concert life - as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups.

Participant and winner of international competitions. Winner of 1st prize Augustina Prochasku cello festival (1998-Kosice Slovensko)

2nd Prize-winner at the All-Ukrainian festival of chamber and classical music "Spring Rhapsody" (Kiev, 2000)

Diploma-2nd Youth Competition "Sribny dzvin''(Uzhgorod, 2001)

Winner of the international competition of young performers "The Art of the 21st Century" (Kiev, 2002)

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