BIOGRAPHY
Alexey Zhilin is the one of the most remarkable and talented Russian cellists of the recent generation. He successfully combines the solo career with chamber concerts.

He is a laureate of more than 15 international competitions such as International Cello Competition in France, the Brahms Competition in Austria, International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition and others.

In 2018 he became two First Prizes winner of Brahms International Competititon (Austria) as a solo cellist and as a chamber musician - first time in 25 years history of the Competition.

In 2011 he became the first Russian laureate of the International Competition Dr. Luis Sigall (Chili), and one year later he won the second Prize of one of the most prestigious world cello competitions – International Isang Yun Competition (South Korea). Alexey also was a semifinalist in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Alexey Zhilin was the one Russian cello school ambassador which became a semifinalist of the first International Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition in Brussels (2017).

From the first days, he is a part of the famous David Oistrakh Quartet and plays a lot on the main Russian and world scenes.

Alexey is a soloist of Saint Petersburg House of Music. Since 2014 he is an professor (cello department) at the State Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

For seven years he is a principal cello of MusicAeterna Orchestra (artistic director - Teodor Currentzis) also.

Today Alexey Zhilin performs throughout Russia and abroad; his tours have taken him to Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, South Korea, South America, Japan, and others.

His huge repertoire includes all masterpieces written for cello and some rare pieces (Borodin's Cello Sonata, Weinberg's Preludes for cello solo etc.) and a lot of music of contemporary composers as well. He made Russian premieres for compositions of Isang Yun, Philippe Hersant, Boris Tischenko.

He plays as a soloist with such renowned ensembles as a Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, MusicAeterna Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya (art. dir. Yury Bashmet), Russian Philharmonic etc.

Alexey has worked with conductors including Kent Nagano, Teodor Currentzis, Valentin Uryupin, Dimitris Botinis etc.

Alexey Zhilin performs with such acclaimed musicians as Eliso Virsaladze, Irina Kandinskaya, Liana Isakadze, Mari Kodama, Boris Andrianov, Eduard Bruner, Boris Brovtsyn.

He plays as a soloist with such renowned ensembles as a Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, MusicAeterna Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya (art. dir. Yury Bashmet), Russian Philharmonic etc.

Alexey was born at 1987 in Leningrad. In the age of 11, he held the first victory on the International Music Competition in Moscow. One year later was his debut with the symphonic orchestra.

In 2013 he post-graduated the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (class of prof. A. Nikitin). During his studying at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory Alexey was awarded a special stipend by the President of Russia.

Alexey has participated in Master-Classes of such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Jerome Pernoo, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Jens Peter Maintz, David Geringas, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Valter Dešpalj, Johannes Goritsky, Ivan Monighetti, Kirill Rodin, Alexander Rudin and many others.

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