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Born in 1978 in St. Petersburg, Kirill Timofeev began playing the cello at the age of five with lessons from Elena Dernova. In 2001 he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire, where he studied cello with Prof. Anatoly Nikitin and his assistant Kirill Kravtsov, and chamber music with Prof. Natalia Arzumanova. During his studies in St. Petersburg he won a position in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov, but after 10 months of playing with the orchestra he decided to move on. Having moved to Germany he won a place in the Soloist class of Prof. Peter Buck at the Stuttgart Music College where he studied from 2003 to 2005.
Together with his duo partner, pianist Evgeni Sinaiski he performs already more than ten years in Europe and Russia. They are regularly touring together in the area of Portugal to Krasnojarsk and developed a big range of repertoire.
A consummate and passionate chamber musician, Kirill Timofeev has appeared successfully in various chamber ensembles. This includes collaborating with renowned musicians such as David Geringas, Gilles Apap and Latica Honda Rosenberg. Since 2009 he is Principal cellist of Philharmonie Merck (Darmstadt, Germany).
Kirill Timofeev is a founding and active member of the 'Rastrelli Cello Quartet', which is on the books of the New York concert agency 'Classics Alive Artists.' With the ensemble Kirill has toured extensively, including the USA, Russia, Australia and most of Europe. In 2015 the quartet released the CD ‘Cello Effect’ under the label Genuin Classics.
Kirill Timofeev has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals, including the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, and the Beethoven Festival Bonn (all in Germany), Boswiler Sommer and 'Viva Cello' in Liestal (both in Switzerland), the Beauvais Cello Festival (France), and the 'Rio Cello Encounter' (Brazil). During these diverse concert tours, Kirill Timofeev has performed in some of the world’s most important music venues, including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, and Suntory Hall Tokyo.
A big success in 2016 was the new project of the ‘Rastrelli Cello Quartet’ together with clarinettist Giora Feidman - more than 50 concerts in spring 2016 and more to come in the next season.
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