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Liubov Ulybysheva, Cello, Russia
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“A beautiful example of musical integrity … exceptional warmth”

Liubov Ulybysheva was born in Moscow and started playing cello at the age of five. Having studied at the Gnessin Special Music School and the Russian Music Academy, she came to London in 2003 to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov and Oleg Kogan, graduating with 1st class honours. Following that, Liubov completed her Royal Academy of Music Master of Art degree with distinction (Prof. Felix Schmidt), winning the Moir Carnegie Prize for cello on graduation.

Liubov is a prizewinner in many international competitions including the Austrian Internationaler Wettbewerb für Violoncello, the International Nikolai Rubenstein Competition of Solo Instrumentalists and the TV competition Young Musicians of Moscow, and the International Competition Music and Earth in Bulgaria. She was also featured in the Reader’s Digest magazine as one of the young stars of the Russian Hope feature.

Liubov became the only cellist to win a prestigious scholarship from the Paganini International Competition funded by the Investment Programme Foundation, Moscow. In 2006 she won the First Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition, followed by winning the MBF Music Education Award, the Muriel Taylor Young gifted Cellist Award, the Hattori Foundation, the Jellinek and the Kenneth Loveland awards. Liubov was also a recipient of the Meyer Foundation Award and the English Speaking Union Scholarship.

Since 2006, Liubov is a member of the Razumovsky Academy. As part of the Razumovsky Young Artists Recital Series, she made her solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in July 2008, performing works by Debussy and Brahms. Since 2008 Liubov enjoys teaching at the Razumovsky Academy.

Liubov worked as a guest with the major British orchestras including the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic orchestras, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia and the Ulster Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed across Russia, in venues such as Moscow Conservatoire Great Hall, Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow Kremlin, Sheremet’evo and Arkhangelsk Palaces. She has also widely performed across England and toured in Europe and Japan.

As a concerto soloist, Liubov has performed in Russia with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra Young Russia, and in the UK with symphony orchestras in Cambridge, Croydon, Sevenoaks, Guilford and Epsom.

As a chamber musician, Liubov has participated in numerous music festivals, such as the Manchester International Cello Festival, Alderburgh Festival, Valdres Music Festival , Lidkoping Music Festival, performing with international musicians such as Oleg Kogan, David Cohen, Dora Schwarzberg, and with ensembles such as the London Mozart Piano Trio and the Razumovsky Ensemble.

Liubov’s performances in Russia were broadcast by the main TV channels and the radio stations and in England, live on the In Tune programme for BBC Radio 3.