CelloArt: Ruslan BiryukovRuslan and cello

Just a few months ago Ruslan's student Meagan Wu won First Prize and Judges Award of Distinction at the American Protege International Music Talent Competition in New York, followed by her debut performance at the Carnegie Hall. Within his teaching career of 15 years in Russia, Europe and United Sates his students delivered over 200 awards at the various music competitions. 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. Mr. Biryukov's 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.

Ruslan's teaching philosophy is based on his broad performance experience along with nurturing approach with anyone interested in Arts.

Click on the picture below to view Ruslan's Diploma of Recognition from the American Protege International Music Talent Competition (2012) for the extraordinary achievemnts in the field of teaching music
DIPLOMA of RECOGNITION

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

Ruslan Students' Selected Accomplishments

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 & 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
Christopher CheeChristopher CheeChristopher Chee
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.