Ruslan Biryukov and Anne Suda, the faces that make up the dynamic cello duo Cellisimo, perform live in concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The duo performed together in Los Angeles Cello Quartet and further embrace the power of cello collaboration in Cellisimo. With their Russian and American backgrounds, Biryukov and Suda represent two countries with rich musical heritages.
Cellisimo embraces the opportunity to serve as musical ambassadors, helping to unify a divided world. Cellisimo works to expand chamber music repertoire by commissioning and premiering pieces from composers worldwide. Recent collaborations include projects with composers from Iran, Kazakhstan, and the U.S./Puerto Rico.
Biryukov is known for his “superb artistry, passion and individuality.” He was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and received his formal music education at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in Russia (Master of Music, M.A.), and the USC Thornton School of Music in United States (Artist Diploma and Graduate Certificate).
Suda is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician based out of Los Angeles. She recently appeared as soloist with the Venice Symphony in Florida under the baton of Maestro Imre Palló, with One Found Sound Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco, and performed as a fellow at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
She received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Jennifer Culp of the Kronos Quartet, studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in English Literature. Suda began studying cello at age 4 with her mother Carolyn Suda.
As usual, children and students under age 18 are admitted at no charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets cost $25 at the door and season tickets for the remaining six concerts are also available.