Vienna Classic Strings - International Violin, Viola and Cello Competition and Festival

Boris Andrianov Russia

Boris Andrianov is the Artistic Director of and the inspiration behind the new Star Generation project, which produces and manages concerts by talented young musicians in all cities and regions throughout Russia. For this project, in 2009 Boris Andrianov was awarded the Russian Federation Prize for Culture. In 2008 Moscow hosted the first-ever cello festival in Russia, VIVACELLO festival the Artistic Director of which is Boris Andrianov.

Stefan Kropfitsch Austria

In the early years begin of cello lessons with Prof. Tobias Kühne, the pupil of Andre Navarra. Diplom with the highest distinction on the “Hochschule für Musik” of Vienna. Winner of numerous prizes as the Dr. Karl Böhm Prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Stefan Kropfitsch performs as Soloist worldwide with such orchestras as Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Strings of Lucerne, Orchestra of Südwestdeutschen Rundfunk, Niederösterreichischen Tonkünstlern, Philharmonic Orchestra of Ljubljana, Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Bratislava, Rome Symphony, Nürnberg Symphoniker, etc.

Martti Rousi Finland

Martti Rousi is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He is internationally known both as a soloist and a pedagogue. After playing piano for 2 years Martti Rousi begun his cello studies inspired by the strong Finnish cello school. His early teachers were Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. In 1979 he moved to the Sibelius- Academy to continue his studies with Prof Arto Noras. At the age of 21, he won the first prize at Turku cello competition and was invited as a soloist by all major Finnish symphony orchestras. In 1985 he received Fulbright scholarship to study with Prof Janos Starker at the Indiana University winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularly had masterclasses with William Pleeth and Valter Deshpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman.

Meehae Ryo Korea

Deutsche Gramophone Recording Artist Ms. Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody put her as the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea. She endeavors to play music which makes both herself and her audiences happy. Not only is she a beloved cellist, but she is also determined to train pupils by sharing her experiences and skills. Meehae had her first cello lesson at the age of six. After she won many of national competitions, her ambition to study abroad at an early age, she asked her parents to search for a school which could provide the best educational background to prepare her to become a true musician for inside and outside. She accepted a place at Juilliard School when she was sixteen and then finished her studies with a DMA degree at the University of Michigan in the USA.

Dmitry Yablonsky USA/Israel

Grammy-nominated conductor, cellist, and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky was born in Moscow into a musical family. He began playing the cello when he was 5 years old and was accepted to the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of 9, he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn’s cello concerto. Since then, his career had taken him to the most important stages in the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Teatre Mogador, Cite de la Musique, Louvre, among others.