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Mikhail Nemtsov , Cello, Russia
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Mikhail Nemtsov was born into a musical family and played the piano from the age of 4 before switching to the cello. In 1995 he became a pupil at the Lyceum Rimsky-Korsakov specialist music school in Saint Petersburg, where until the summer of 2005 his cello teacher was Galina Koroleva. During his time there, Mikhail often performed as soloist at the Great and Small Philharmonic halls and other main venues. His most significant performances were the Beethoven Triple concerto (with Vassily Petrenko) and Brahms Double concerto at the Beloselskich-Belozerskich palace (Hall of Mirrors).
Since 2003 Mikhail has performed throughout Europe including England, France, Germany, Hungary and Norway. He has attended various International Festivals and summer music schools, and also played in Master Classes for Thomas Demenga, Truls Svane, Helmut Zehetmeier, Francis Rados, Denis Varjon, Wen Sin Yang, Mikhail Kopelman and Karine Georgian, Christopher Rowland, Gordon Back and The Vermeer Quartet amongst others.

From 2005 to 2007 Mikhail studied at Chetham's School of Music with Nicholas Jones and in September 2007 he commenced his undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts and lessons from Ralph Kirschbaum and Gary Hofman. Mikhail graduated from RNCM with BMUS Hons in 2011 winning the Gold Medal. In September 2011 Mikhail started his Masters Degree in Solo Performance at RNCM. His studies are kindly supported by Musician Benevolent Fund, Boise Foundation, Stephen Bell Foundation, Worshipful Company of Musicians and Hattori Foundation.

In autumn 2007 Mikhail was invited to become a student at the Razumovsky Academy in London where he receives lessons from Oleg Kogan. Since then he performed in several Razumovsky Young Artists’ concerts at the Wigmore Hall and in December 2008 he took part in the Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy live broadcast-interview on BBC Radio 3 "In Tune". As a representative of English Speaking Union Mikhail performed in Maurice Ravel Academy in September 2009 where he won Maurice Ravel Prix and subsequently was invited to give number of concerts in Biarrirtz, France in April 2010. In december 2009 Mikhail had a Young Artist Recital in Wigmore Hall through the Razumovsky Academy and in spring 2010 he performed as a soloist with European Union Chamber Orchestra in Birmingham within Bromsgrove Young Artist Platform 30th Anniversary. In December 2010 Mikhail had a recital in Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London as a Martin Trust award winner.

Mikhail has won prizes in several competitions, including the 3rd Mravinsky International Contest in St. Petersburg in 2002, All Russian national competition in 2004. In 2004, Mikhail received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Russia (2004). Musicians Benevolent Fund String Awards (2005, 2006 & 2007) and Pierre Fournier Educational Awards (2006 & 2007). In 2008 Mikhail was named the recipient of the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and became a young artist grant winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 2009 he received a prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship as well as winning 2nd prize in Bromsgrove International Young Artist Platform. Also in 2009/10 Mikhail was one of the Hattori Music Foundation Senior Award winners and won the Silver Medal in Rostropovich Memorial International VTB cello Contest. In 2010 Mikhail took part in the semifinals of Rostropovitch International Cello Competition in Paris and won the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship. Also In 2010 Mikhail won 2nd prize in Haverhill Sinfonia International Soloist Competition and consequently he will give a number of recitals and concerto performances throughout the U.K in 2011. Mikhail and his sister Elena won the 2010 Tunnel Trust award as a duo and gave 6 recitals in various concert venues in Scotland in 2012 season. Also Nemtsov Duo won prestigious Manchester Mid-day recital in Bridgewater Hall in October 2011. Mikhail is a winner of Concerto Auditions, Barbirolli Cello Prize and Gold Medal at RNCM. In Spring 2011 Mikhail won 1st prize in Bromsgrove Int. Young Artist Platform, 1st prize in Salieri-Zinetti Int. Chamber Music Competition in Verona and in May 2011 he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier International Cello Award and in the near future will play a concerto with London Philharmonia Orchestra, full evening recital in Wigmore Hall professionally recorded for the CD and a recital in Oxford Concert series. Mikhail was invited by Ralph Kirschbaum to participate in Los Angeles international Cello Festival in March 2012.

In his future plans are a concert tour in Italy as Nemtsov Duo and recitals in Sweden and UK.
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