Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Web site: http://www.celloart.com
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Heralded as a charismatic performer, MPEIC artist Ruslan Biryukov (Руслан Бирюков) represents a new generation of creative professional musicians whose artistic level is recognized not only by awards, but also by a worldwide audience. Known for his "superb artistry, passion and individuality", he has collaborated with Midori, Kirill Rodin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa in venues such as the Los Angeles Disney Hall, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall and the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory in over twenty countries in the former USSR, Europe and the United States. A master teacher extraordinaire, Mr. Biryukov has taught at Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music, Music Academy in Croatia, Alto Polis Academy and music festivals in Europe, Russia and the United States. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Ruslan Biryukov, winner of the 17th MPE International Competition, is a graduate of Baku Music Academy, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, and USC Thornton School of Music. His creative artistic ideas are based upon the traditions he learned from legendary artists Kirill Rodin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutman, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Eleonore Schoenfeld and Midori. A musician committed to a lifetime of music making with a purpose of introducing art as a philosophy of existence to the audiences from all walks of life, Mr. Biryukov is known for his prodigally magnificent cello sound shaped as a flowing monument to a concept that equates a sense of life with a sense of beauty. To read more about Ruslan Biryukov, please visit www.celloart.com.