CelloArt: Ruslan BiryukovRuslan and cello

Within over 20 years of Ruslan's teaching career in United States, Europe and Russia his students won over 300 awards at the various competitions (including the Tchaikovsky International Music Competition in Moscow). Ruslan's students regularly perform at some of the most prestigious venues and get accepted into the most successful universities, many of them are granted full scholarships. His teaching success has its roots in the exceptional schooling he received from the Tchaikovsky State Moscow Conservatory and USC Thornton School of music. Among his teachers were legendary Eleonore Schoenfeld, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kirill Rodin, Natalia Gutman, Daniil Shafran.

Just in the summer of 2018 students Darren Jiang and Andrew Yang won 2nd and 3rd prices at the International Academy of Music String Competition in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy; students Han Li and Darren Jiang won 1st Prizes at the Satori Competition in Los Angeles; student Sebastian Brumm were accepted into Chapman University Music Major program with full scholarship; students Ethan Zhang and Emily Kang did their debut performances in the Carnegie Hall in New York.

Building confidence and opening students' strongest sides are the fundamentals of Ruslan's teaching philosophy. It is based on his broad performance and teaching experience along with nurturing approach toward anyone interested in the Arts.

Click on the pictures below to view Ruslan's Diploma of Recognition from the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, Russia, Fine Arts Music Festival and American Protege International Music Talent Competition in New York for the extraordinary achievemnts in the field of teaching music
TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION DIPLOMA of RECOGNITION FINE ARTS DIPLOMA of RECOGNITION DIPLOMA of RECOGNITION

Ruslan Biryukov teaches in Los Angeles and San Diego (Foundation Music Senter in Sorrento Valley, AMAC Violins Music Center in Arcadia, also lessons availble at Ruslan's private studis in Encino and San Bernardino). To contact Ruslan for lessons or schedule master classes, please call +1(323)445-6558, Maestro@CelloArt.com.


Ruslan Students' Selected Accomplishments

Darren Jiang
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2018
  • 2nd Prize at the International Academy of Music String Competition in Casteluovo di Garfagnana, Italy
  • 3rd Prize at the Music Teachers Association of California San Diego VOCE Competition, Solo Performance
  • 1st Prize at the 15th Saroti Music Festival in Los Angeles, CA
  • Appointed 1st Cellist for the San Diego Youth Cello Quartet (Season 2018/2019)
  • 2017
  • Qualified for the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians 2017
  • 1st Prize at the American Protege International Music Talent Competition
  • Debut performance at the Carnegie Hall, NY
  • 2016
  • International Music Festival in Germany (Villa Musica at the Shloss Engers)
  • Satori String Competition, 3rd place
  • Principal cellist for Mainly Mozart Orchestra in San Diego, CA


  • Andrew Yang
    Andrew Yang Andrew Yang
    2018
  • 3rd Prize at the International Academy of Music String Competition in Casteluovo di Garfagnana, Italy
  • Appointed 2nd Cellist for the San Diego Youth Cello Quartet


  • Sebastian Brumm
    Sebastian Brumm Sebastian Brumm
    2018
  • Admitted to Chapman University with full scholarship into the Cello Music Major Program
  • Perfromed at the International Academy Festival in Casteluovo di Garfagnana, Italy
  • 2017
  • 1st Prize at the American Protege International Music Talent Competition
  • Appointed 1st Cellist for the San Diego Youth Cello Quartet


  • Meagan Wu
    Meagan WuMeagan Wu
    2013Appointed Principal Cellist for the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS)
    2013Appointed Principal Cellist for the International Youth Symphony
    2013Sucsessfully participated in master classes with Ronald Leonard (Former Principal Cellist of the LA Philharmonic, Professor of Cello at the Colburn School of Music & USC Thornton School of Music), Antonio Lysy (UCLA String Department Chair), Mihai Marica (Amphion String Quartet), and Gustav Rivinius (the only German musician to win the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, Gold Medal, 1990)
    2013Accepted and successfully participated in 2013 Mozart Concert Academy Summer Music Summer program in Germany, sponsored by the California Music Clinic.
    2013H B. Goodlin Scholarship Contest Senior Instrumental, 1st place ($1500 cash scholarship)
    2013Grossmont Music Scholarship Auditions, 2nd place ($1000 scholarship)
    2013Music Teachers Association of California(MTAC) Concerto Competition, 1st place. As a winner of MTAC Concerto competition Meagan performed Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Civic Youth Orchestra in San Diego on June 9, 2013 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
    2013American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) International Concerto Competition in New York, 2nd place (with an invitation to participate in the concert tour in Russia)
    2013MTAC San Diego VOCE Competition, Senior Ensemble, 1st Place
    2012First Place Winner and Judges' Distinction Award Winner of the American Protege INTERNATIONAL Music Talent Competition 2012. Meagan performed in Carnegie Hall, NY on April 12, 2012 (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1)
    2012Music Teacher's Association Concerto Competition, 2nd place
    2012MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 3rd place
    2011Goodlin Scholarship Auditions, Senior Instrumental Category, 2nd place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 2nd place and VOCE State Finals Alternate
    2007Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Junior cello, 2nd place


    Zoe Lavoie-Gagne
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    2013Invited to participate in Summit Music Festival in New York.
    2013The John C. Walker Music Competiton, 1st place. To read an article about the winners in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin CLICK HERE
    2013California Music Clinic Cello Competition, 1st place
    2013Satori Music Contest, Advanced Category, Grand Prize
    2013Accepted and successfully participated in 2013 Mozart Concert Academy Summer Music program in Germany, sponsored by the California Music Clinic.
    2012Alto Polis Scale Competition, 1st Prize
    2012Satori Music Contest, Junior Category, 1st Prize


    Andrea Yu
    Andrea YuAndrea YuAndrea YuAndrea Yu
    Admitted to University of Califonia Los Angeles (UCLA) HERB ALPERT School of Music with full scholarship to study with Professor Antonio Lysy.
    2011 RB Chorale Scholarship Auditions Winner ($2,500)
    2011 Performed solo with Culver City Chamber Orchestra and Inland Valley Symphony
    2010MTAC H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Audition, Senior Instrumental, 1st place
    2010Chi Mei Arts Award, finalist
    2010Inland Valley Concerto Competition, 2nd place
    2010MTAC Concerto Competition, 2nd place
    2010La Jolla Music Society Young Artist Competition, Honorable Mention
    2009MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Intermediate Strings, 1st place
    2009Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, 1st prize, Strings
    2009MTAC-San Diego Branch, Concerto Competition, Senior Strings, 3rd place
    2009San Diego Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 3rd prize
    2009MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 1st place
    2008Redlands Bowl 57th Annual Young Artists Auditions, Junior Strings (cello), 1st place
    2008Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 2nd place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 1st place
    2008San Diego Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention
    2007Satori String Competition, Prodigy Solo, Junior Cello, 1st place
    2007Associated Arts Scholarship Audition, scholarship winner
    2007MTAC H.B. Goodlin Foundation Scholarship Competition, Junior Instrumental, Honorable Mention
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 3rd place
    2006Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 2nd place
    2006 MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior strings, 1st place
    2006MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Junior Instrumental, Honorable Mention
    2006MTAC Concerto Competition, Junior, 3rd place
    2006Associated Arts Scholarship Audition, scholarship winner
    2005CAPMT Honors Audition, 1st place
    2005MTAC VOCE State Competition, Junior Strings finalist
    2005MTAC San Diego Branch VOCE Competition, Junior Strings, 1st place
    2005MTAC Goodlin Scholarship Audition, 2nd place
    2004Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 3rd place


    Yurim (Rachel) Seo
    Rachel Seo
    In the year of 2013 Ms. Seo was admitted to Stanford University.
    2013 Performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra
    2013Performed World Premiere of Matt McBrian cello concerto with Irvine High School orchestra
    2012Satori String Competition, Grand Prize
    2012Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition, 1st place
    2012MTAC-VOCE Competition Senior Strings category, 2nd place and State Finalist
    2012Appointed Principal Cellist for Orange County Youth Symphony Orchesta (OCYSO)
    2011MTAC-VOCE Competition Senior Strings category, 1st place and State Finalist
    2011SYMF Auditions, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Intermediate cello, 2nd place
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Intermediate cello, 3rd place
    2009Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, 2nd prize, Strings
    2009Appointed Assistant Principal for Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra
    2008Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 3rd place
    2007Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 2nd place
    2006Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 1st place
    2006American String Teachers Association, 2nd place
    2005Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 1st place
    2005Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 1st place
    2004Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 1st place


    Margaret Zhou
    Margaret Zhou
    Margaret has won first prizes in numerous competitions and has performed with the San Diego Symphony. During the 2008-2009 season, Margaret twice performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the La Jolla Symphony, and was the featured soloist in the Torrance Symphony Concert in Los Angeles (Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1). Margaret Zhou was admitted to Stanford University. Read Margaret's reflections on Ruslan as a teacher.

    Watch La Jolla Symphony show feauturing Margaret Zhou with Shostakovich Cello Conerto No.1!

    2009Grossmont Community Concert Association Women's Committee Instrumental Music Scholarship Audition, 1st place
    2009MTAC-San Diego Branch, Concerto Competition, Senior Strings, 1st place
    2009RB Chorale Scholarship Award, Grand Prize
    2008MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Senior Strings, 3rd place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE Competition, Senior Strings, 1st place
    2008Torrance Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition, Intermediate category, 1st Prize Winner
    2008Grossmont Community Concert Association Women's Committee Instrumental Music Scholarship Audition, 2nd place
    2008La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition, 1st Place
    2007MTAC H.B. Goodlin Foundation Scholarship Competition, Senior Instrumental, 1st place
    2007 La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition, Fourth Place, "Most Promising Talent" Award
    2007MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Intermediate Strings Finalist
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE Competition, Intermediate Strings, 1st place
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch, Concerto Competition, Senior Strings, 1st place
    2006Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 1st place ($900)
    2006MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Intermediate Strings, Finalist
    2006MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE Competition, Intermediate Strings, 1st place
    2005San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition, 1st place


    Stephen Yang
    2013The John C. Walker Music Competiton, 2nd place. To read an article about the winners in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin CLICK HERE
    2013California Music Clinic Cello Competition, 1st place
    2013Appointed Assistant Principal cellist for the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS)
    2013Accepted and sucsessfully participated in 2013 Mozart Concert Academy Summer Music Summer program in Germany, sponsored by the California Music Clinic.
    2012MTAC-San Diego VOCE competition, Senior Ensemble, 1st Prize
    2012Satori Music Contest, Junior Category, 1st Prize


    Emily Balderrama
    Admitted to California State University Fullerton (CSUF) School of Music with full scholarship to study cello performance with Professor Bongshin Ko.
    2012 RB Chorale Scholarship Auditions, 2nd prize
    2012 Other competitions winning list TBD


    Joseph Tran
    Joseph TranJoseph Tran
    Admitted to University of Califonia Los Angeles (UCLA) to study Biotechnologies
    2010American String Teachers Competition (ASTA), 1st place
    2010VOCE-MTAC San Diego Competition, 1st place
    2009Appointed Principal Celist for CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra
    2009Satori String Competition, 1st place, Open Category
    2006Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF), 4th place
    2006Southwestern Youth Musical Festival,3rd place, Cello American Category
    2005Southwestern Youth Musical Festival, 4th place, Cello Open Category


    Patricia Ryan
    Patricia Ryan
    Admitted to University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music with full scholarship to study with Nathaniel Rosen, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal. In the year of 2011 Ms. Ryan entered San Francisco Conservatory to pursue Masters Degree in Cello Performance.
    2007Fe Bland Scholarship Audition, Scholarship Recipient
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Senior Strings, 1st place
    2007MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Senior Strings, Finalist
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch Concerto Competition, Senior Strings, 1st place


    David Mrdjenovich
    David Mrdjenovich
    Read David's reflections on Ruslan as a teacher.
    2010San Diego Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention
    2010Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition (LAVS), 2nd place winner
    2010MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 1st place winner and State Finalist
    2009San Diego Youth Symphony Sinfonia Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 3rd place
    2007Satori String Competition, Junior Open Solo, Junior cello, 1st place
    2007Satori String Competition, Junior Qualified Baroque, Junior cello, 1st place
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 3rd place
    2006Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, Honorable mention


    Winn Cui
    Winn CuiWinn Cui
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Junior cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Junior cello, 2nd place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Bach, Junior cello, 1st place
    2008Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 1st place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 1st place
    2007Satori String Competition, Junior Prodigy Solo, Junior Cello, 1st place
    2007MTAC H.B. Goodlin Foundation Scholarship Competition, Junior Instrumental, Honorable Mention
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 2nd place and VOCE State Finals Alternate


    Stephen Yu
    Stephen Yu, who started cello with Ruslan Biryukov in 2003, choose to write about Ruslan, a person who inspires him. Read Stephen on Ruslan.
    2011MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Senior Strings, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Prodigy Solo, Intermediate cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Intermediate cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Intermediate cello, 2nd place
    2009Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, Strings, Honorable Mention
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 2nd place and VOCE State Finals Alternate
    2007Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Intermediate cello, 1st place


    Rochelle Lewis
    Rochelle LewisRochelle Lewis
    Rochelle Lewis started studying cello with Ruslan Biryukov after her family moved to Southern California from New Zealand. Read Rochelle's comments on Ruslan as a teacher.
    2009Associated Arts Scholarship Audition, scholarship recipient
    2008Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Audition, 3rd place
    2007Associated Arts Scholarship Audition, scholarship recipient
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Junior Strings, 1st place
    2007MTAC VOCE Competition State Finals, Junior Strings Finalist


    Christopher Chee
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    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 2nd place and VOCE State Finals Alternate
    2007MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 2nd place and VOCE State Finals Alternate
    2002MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Ensemble, 1st place


    Jonathan Seog-Hoon Moon
    2009Satori String Competition, Prodigy Solo, Senior cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Senior cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Senior cello, 1st place


    Hubert Wang
    Hubert Wang
    2006Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Winner
    2006Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Senior Cello, 1st place


    Wendy Dong
    2009Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, 1st prize, Junior Strings


    Darren Liu
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Intermediate cello, 1st place
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Intermediate cello, 2nd place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 3rd place


    Matthew Im
    2009Satori String Competition, Open Solo, Intermediate cello, 3rd place
    2009Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Intermediate cello, 4th place
    2008MTAC-San Diego Branch VOCE, Intermediate Strings, 2nd place
    2007Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Junior cello, 1st place


    April Cui
    2007Satori String Competition, Qualified Solo, Senior cello, 1st place


    Ruslan Biryukov teaches in Alto Polis Academy in Los Angeles and San Diego. To contact Ruslan for lessons or schedule master classes, please call +1(323)445-6558, Maestro@CelloArt.com.