cello meets bandoneon

Ruslan Vilensky is one of the most famous Latvian cellists of his generation. He was 15 years old when he made his debut with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga. Pupil of a world renowned Professor David Geringas he has become a sought-after soloist and chamber musician and has been invited to perform in different countries. From 2007 until 2009 he was a fellow of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic where he worked with world famous artists and conductors and made CD recordings. After an invitation from Maestro Valery Gergiev in October 2009 he was  a Principal Guest Cellist in Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He toured with Mariinsky Orchestra in Japan, USA, Canada, Europe and Russia.

Highlights of previous seasons included appearances with Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin playing Shostakovich Concerto Nr. 2, and Orchestra Sinfonietta Riga playing Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante. This season also sees him playing with Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and working as a Guest Principal Cellist with Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. 

As a soloist he has performed with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Kaunas  Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, Orquesta Sinfonica Freixenet, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Latvian Chamber Orchestra. Ruslan played in such concert halls as Concertgebouw hall in Amsterdam,  Konzerthaus in Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Theater Diligentia Den Haag, Berwaldhallen in Stochholm, Mariinsky hall in St. Petersburg.

Ruslan Vilensky was a representative of the Republic of Latvia at the „Eurovision Young Musicians Competition” in Berlin. He is prizewinner of international competitions such as A. Khachaturyan, K. Davidov, D. Popper, Concertino Praga. He has been awarded with scholarships and bursaries from different international organizations: The Holland Music Sessions (Holland), Acanthes (France), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now (Germany), Lions Club Frankfurt (Germany), Ernst Schering Foundation (Germany). Ruslan Vilensky is playing an Italian cello made in 18th century.

Paolo Russo was born in Pescara, Italy, in 1969, based in Copenhagen, Denmark since 1996. He started to play the piano at the age of 9. After leaving the University, where he studied Architecture for 5 years, Paolo dedicated himself completely to music. He is educated both in classical music and in rhythmic music. He has performed all over Europe, as well as Greenland, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Thailand, Tanzania, Algeria, Mozambique and Japan.

He studied music in New York with Richie Beirach and in Buenos Aires with Néstor Marconi. He has published 6 albums: "Alchemy" - 2004, (best 5 "Danish" releases of the year 2004); "Oltretango" - 2005, "Doble A-nima" - 2007; "Nuevotrioporteño" - 2008; "Il segreto" - 2009; and "Evocándote" - 2010 (Danish Music Awards 2011 nomination in the category "world music"). He has collaborated with local and international artists, including Lelo Nika, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pablo Ziegler, Caroline Henderson, Howe Gelb, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, Nico Gori, Bo Stief, Etta Cameron, Line Kruse, Thomas Clausen, Robertinho Silva, Diego Figueiredo, Marilyn Mazur, Poul Krebs, Diego Schissi, Calixto Oviedo, Karima Nayt.

Paolo has composed music for theatre plays in Copenhagen: "Rejsen til i morgen" and "Pan" - Anemone Teatret “ 2000/2002, "Frimærkeballet" - Bådteatret - 2001/02. In 2001, he discovered the bandoneón, which has become crucial in his productions and live performances. In 2002 he was the main subject for the documentary film "The illogical instrument", directed by Arun Sharma. He realized soundtracks for the movies "See you in the future" and "Polizzi, my little Brooklyn" by Camilla Roos Overbye. His bandoneón playing can be also appreciated on the soundtrack of the movie "Love is all you need", by Danish film director Susanne Bier (2012).

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