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ELEONORA TESTELECA, LATVIA

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One of the outstanding Latvian cellists. She is the Professor of J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.

She has studied with E.Berzinskis and V.Klavins. In 1962 she graduated from J.Vitols Latvian State Conservatory, but in 1966 Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory where she studied with Mstyslav Rostropovich. E.Testeleca is the laureate of P.Tchaikovsky International Competition.

From 1966 till 1989 E.Testeleca as soloist of Latvian Philharmonic has performed in Latvia and abroad, she has made records for Latvian Radio fund.

Also E.Testeleca is a pedagogue of E.Darzins Music school and J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.
In 1991 she became a Professor of Latvian Academy of Music. Among her students are many laureates of international competitions.

E.Testeleca has also participated in different significant projects – she has been the artistic director of the M.Rostropovich`s Cello Festival in Riga (2001) and the Patroness and artistic director of K.Davidov International Competition (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006).

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NICHOLAS JONES, UNITED KINGDOM

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Nicholas Jones has a distinguished career as performer and teacher. As soloist, chamber musician and principal cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the USA. He is Head of Strings at Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest specialist music school, Manchester and also a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music.

From 1989 – 1997 he was cellist of the Bochmann Quartet, giving concerts and recording with them at many of the major UK festivals and concert halls. He was also principal cellist of the English String Orchestra, with whom he was a frequent soloist and director, performing with the orchestra throughout Europe and the USA with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, including Berlin Philharmonie and many times at the Gstaad Festival.

From 2001 – 2006 he was a teacher/performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA, performing with colleagues from all over the world. He also appeared in the Festival’s Winter Series in New York. Recent performances have included the St. Cyprien Festival – France, Valdres Festival – Norway, Siena Quatro Quarto Music Festival – Italy (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017), the Arona Festival, Tenerife, with the Chamber Music Society of Korea and in Lithuania in the National Philharmonic Chamber Series, Vilnius and the Kaunas Philharmonic Chamber Series and at the Philharmonic Hall, Minsk.

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JEROEN REULING, NEATHERLAND

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Born into a family of musicians from Amsterdam, Jeroen Reuling began his cello studies with Jean Decroos. He went on to study with André Navarra at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, and soon became his assistant. In 1981, Reuling passed the Konzertexamen and completed his studies with Pierre Fournier in Geneva.

Following his debut at the Concertgebouw with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Reuling appeared regularly with other Dutch orchestras, under the direction of such conductors as Vernon Handley, Yehudi Menuhin, and Roberto Benzi. He made numerous recordings for radio and television, and in 1983 received the ‘Audience Award’ from the Sonesta Koepelzaal in Amsterdam. Reuling performed throughout Europe, and in Asia, where he made his Hong Kong debut in 1985 with the Dvorak Cello Concerto. 

From 1983 to 2004, Jeroen Reuling was principal cellist with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, and now divides his passion for the cello between teaching and chamber music. He is Professor of Cello at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and the ARTEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. From october 2011 he is professor at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

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LEONID GOROKHOV, GERMANY

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Leonid Gorokhov was born in St Petersburg,then Leningrad,and begun his cello studies at the age of seven. 
His first cello teacher was S. Zagursky, from the age of 12 he joined the cello class of Prof.Anatoli Nikitin,where he stayed until graduating the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He also took part in masterclasses of Daniil Shafran.

Winner of Concertino Praga (First Prize) and Paris chamber music competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist to be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of theGeneva Concours. In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for “exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment”.

In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin; ,who took interest in the young cellist and invited him to join the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK as a teacher. That also provided Leonid with chances to perform under Maestro Menuhin’s baton with many leading orchestras and to share a stage as a chamber music partner in Piano Trios and Beethoven Triple Concerto, which was enormously inspiring for a young musician.

Some of the highlights of this work were appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic as well as other British,Russian,Swiss,Scandinavian orchestras with a range of repertoire,from Haydn,Schumann,Tchaikovsky and Dvorak to Walton and Lutoslawsky.

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STEFAN POPOV, UNITED KINGDOM

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Stefan Popov, an internationally known cellist, born in Bulgaria, graduated with honours and a special gold medal from the Moscow Conservatoire and an exceptional prize from the Union of Soviet Composers. His professors were the most distinguished Russian cellists, Knushevitsky and Rostropovich. Having been a prizewinner in many competitions, his career subsequently developed very rapidly, both as a performer and as a teacher. He was invited to become a professor at Boston University and later Head of the Cello Department at the New England Conservatoire. In 1977 he was invited to come to England from where his career is now based.Stefan regularly performs and gives masterclasses in conservatoires throughout the world, and is on the panel of several international juries.

In 1966 he won a prize in the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition. Prize-winner in many competitions, including Moscow, Geneva, Vienna, and Florence.

Now one of the most widely acclaimed professors in London, he combines his busy career as a performer with teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds the post of cellist-in-residence at the City University. His repertoire includes all the major works for cello from the Baroque period to the present day. He has played with many leading orchestras and distinguished conductors. 

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