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Silver Ainomäe , Cello, Estonia
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Born in Tallinn in1982, Silver Ainomäe began to play cello at the age of six studying with Laine Leichter. After moving to Finland in 1990, he continued his studies at the Turku Conservatory with Jukka Perksalo. He also studied piano and percussions. In 1994 he was accepted to the well-known Sibelius-Academy Department for Young Performers, where his teacher was Hannu Kiiski. 2001-2005 was a student of Professor Arto Noras at Sibelius-Academy Chair for Soloists, where he got his Master of Music degree. Currently Silver continues his Advanced Solo Studies at the Razumovsky Academy with Professor Oleg Kogan.

Silver Ainomäe won 2nd Prize at the International Competition for Young Cellists in Usti nad Orlici (Czechoslovakia), 1st price and four special prices at the Estonian Young Performers Competition Con Brio, 4th price at Isang Yun international Music Competition in South-Korea,2003 and 3rd price at 2005 W.Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Poland.

In 1999 Silver Ainomäe was chosen to join the Gustav Mahler Orchestra of Young Performers founded by Claudio Abbado. With this orchestra he has been performing in Europe and America with Claudio Abbado, Seji Osawa, Franz Welzer-Möst, J. Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma and others. He played in Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Leif Segerstam, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Heinrich Schiff, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, Paavo Berglund etc. In London Silver was invited on many occasions to work with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Silver Ainomäe has performed as soloist with Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Estonian National Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Neeme Järvi, John Storgards, Eri Klas, Paul Mägi, Jonathan Brett-Harrison, Alain Paris. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has performed on numerous occasions in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Silver Ainomae plays on a Stefano Scarampella cello made in Italy in 1896.