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Artem Konstantinov, cello  
Artem Konstantinov, principal cello
 
Artem Konstantinov was born in Russia and studied cello at the Glinka School in Novosibirsk and at the Moscow Conservatory of Music. He also holds a Doctorate of Music Degree from the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has studied and collaborated with many great musicians and cellists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Kiril Rodin, Alexander Rudin, Stefan Popov, Alexander Kniazev, Lev Evgrafov and Marina Tarasova. He has won numerous prizes including first prize in the Competition for Young Cellists in 1983 (Russia), first prize in the International Competition of Young Ensemble of Art in 1988 (Moscow), prize-winner in the Competition of Chamber Music in Palma d'Oro in 1995 (Italy) and first prize in the Russian National Cello Competition in 1997. In 2001 he received an honorary award from the Russian Department of Culture. Artem Konstantinov has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Europe and Russia, and with the major orchestras in Asia. From 1999 to 2005 he served as principal cellist of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as guest principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Artem Konstantinov joined the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong as principal cellist in 2005. He is also a recording artist for HUGO and has released more than seven CDs under this label.

"… such lyrical profundity and emotional depth" Financial Times