Photo: Felix Broede




Tatjana Vassiljeva

Representation: Austria | Germany | sundry territories
Contact: Christopher Dingstad, MA
Phone: 43-1-512 05 01-17



Tatjana Vassiljeva was born in Novosibirsk, Russia and began studying the cello at the age of six with Eugenij Nilov at the Special Music School. Having won second prize at the Munich Competition in 1994, she moved there to study with Walter Northas at the Music High School and, after graduating with distinction, completed her postgraduate degree with David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Music College in Berlin.

Described as a ‘phenomenon’, she is known as a musician possessing an irreproachable technique and irresistible range of sonorities, whose superlative virtuosity is of only minor importance beside the strength of musical personality and ideas, and her ability to communicate them. Tatjana’s innate musical curiosity is reflected by her extensive repertoire which ranges from baroque to contemporary music and includes several works of which she has given the world première.

Since beginning her performing career at the age of twelve, Tatjana Vassiljeva has performed throughout Europe but it was as winner of the First Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris at the 7th Concours de Violoncelle Rostropovitch in 2001 – the first Russian to be awarded the top prize in the history of the competition – and as ‘Revelation from Abroad’ at the 2005 Victoires de la Musique Classique that brought her international recognition.

Since then, Tatjana has built a formidable reputation as one of the leading cellists of today, performing with the most prestigious orchestras including the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Moscow Soloists, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Basle Sinfonie, RSO Vienna, DSO Berlin, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra. New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under such distinguished conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Daniele Gatti,Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Dmitri Kitaenko, Michail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sakari Oramo, Christoph Eschenbach, Bertrand de Billy, Vassily Sinaisky and Krzysztov Penderecki, with whom she recently gave the world premiere of the revised version of Penderecki’s Largo.

Following her triumphant debut at the Edinburgh Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, in October she was invited by Maestro Gergiev to perform in the concerts dedicated to the memory of Rostropovitch with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Russia before they took the Symphony Concerto to Japan for the Gergiev/LSO Prokofiev Cycle.

Highlights of the 2010 season included performances with Orchestre Nationale de France/Daniele Gatti, the Munich Philharmonic / Dmitri Kitajenko, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Miguel Hart Bedoya along with performances at the Prague Spring Festival with Jiri Kout, concerts in Europe and Japan with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger showcasing the Chopin and Alkan sonatas to promote their recent CD and performances with with celebrated dancer Saburo Teshigawara in Italy.

As a chamber musician, Tatjana Vassiljeva performs at international festivals such as Lockenhaus, Kronberg, Colmar, Elba, the Rencontres de musique de chambre at Chambery and La Grange de Meslay and the Folle journées in Nantes and Tokyo in collaboration with Viktor Tretiakov, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Baiba Skride, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Antoine Tamestit and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Paul Badura-Skoda, with whom she performed the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven in 2005 and in 2007, she made her debut at the Verbier Festival, playing a solo Bach recital. She regularly performs chamber music concerts throughout Europe and Japan with the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since her first disc, on Naxos, with works by Stravinsky, Britten, Dutilleux and Debussy, Tatjana has made three recordings on the Accord/Universal label. The first, demonstrating her passion for solo contemporary music (Shchedrin, Dutilleux, Saariaho, Schnittke, Stroppa and Penderecki) was awarded the Diapason d’Or and was followed by a recording of works by Franck, Schubert and Stravinsky. However, it was with her disc presenting works for cello solo by Kodaly, Ysaÿe, Tchérepnine and Cassado that she stunned critics and firmly established herself as ‘the new diva of the cello.’ In 2008, Tatjana recorded the Penderecki Concerto No. 2 with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw National Phil-harmonic Orchestra for Naxos and the critically acclaimed Bach Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, released in February 2009, for MIRARE. Her latest recording of the Alkan and Chopin Sonatas with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, also for MIRARE, was released in January 2010.

Tatjana performs on the 1725 Vaslin cello by Antonio Stradivarius, on generous loan from LVMH.


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