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Egor Semenov - Cello


Born in 2000, Egor Semenov is a descendant of the Russian Cello school, studying with Larisa Filina and Alexey Seleznev in Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow. From the age of 6, Egor has been performing with the Nizhniy Novgorod chamber orchestra “Soloists of Nizhniy”, as well as with the philharmonic orchestra, performing in Nizhniy’s largest halls. Throughout the early years in Russia Egor has won more than 20 local, as well as international and countrywide competitions, culminating in a Grand-Prix in “New Heights” – an international all-instrument competition.

In light of immense success in Russia, Egor was invited to study in The Purcell School, a specialist music school in London, receiving full fee and boarding scholarship. Here he was taught by Natalia Pavlutskaya (a close friend of Mstislav Rostropovich and Alfred Schnittke) and Pal Banda. Throughout the Purcell years Egor has performed in the best halls of London, as well as other UK cities. Most notable halls include Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St Martin-in-the-fields, and Wigmore Hall. It is in these years that Egor developed a particular love for orchestral music, as well as the dream to become an outstanding principle cellist.

After Purcell, Egor received a substantial scholarship to study in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is currently in 3rd year. Receiving profound guidance from Jian Wang (Tchaikovsky Competition Jury), and personal tutor Nicholas Stringfellow, Egor has been actively partaking in a variety of orchestral projects, ranging from standard classical repertoire to musical theatre and 21st century operas.

Egor is a long standing member of the YMSO, performing on a regular basis the heart of Westminster – St John’s Smith Square. In 2021, Egor received a “Lily Niblock Memorial” Scholarship, as well as an invitation to partake in Berlin Opera Academy. Egor is proud to be one of the musicians at the Talent Unlimited scheme in London.

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submission July 2021