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Tatjana Vassiljeva

Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
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Tatjana Vassiljeva
Course details
649 €
BLACKMORE'S – Berlins Musikzimmer
Warmbrunner Str. 52
Berlin, 14193 | Germany


Tatyana Vassiljeva was born in Novosibirsk (Russia) and began studying the cello at the age of six. After winning second prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1994, she moved there to study at the Academy of Music with Walter Nothas. After graduating with honors, Tatjana Vassiljeva went to the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin to continue her studies with David Geringas.

The musical “phenomenon” Tatjana Vassiljeva is characterized by perfect technique and an incredible sonority. Tatjana Vassiljeva’s unique virtuosity is only surpassed by her musical personality and ideas, which she is able to express wonderfully. Her innate musical curiosity is reflected in her wide-ranging repertoire, which spans from baroque to contemporary music and also includes several world premieres.

Tatjana Vassiljeva began her European concert career at the age of twelve. In October 2001 she won the “First Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” at the 7th International Rostropovitch Competition in Paris, and in 2005 she was acclaimed as “International New Discovery of the Year” at the French “Victoires de la Musique Classique”. This enabled her to lay the foundation for her international career. Since then Tatjana has established an excellent reputation as one of the leading cellists of our time.

She performs regularly with leading orchestras, including, for example, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with many outstanding conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Daniele Gatti, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Dmitri Kitajenko, Mikhail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sakari Oramo, Christoph Eschenbach, Bertrand de Billy and Vassily Sinaisky.

The highlights of her collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovitch were a tour of Spain, concerts in Germany and Holland, and a series of concerts celebrating the anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich in the Salle Pleyel and the Hall of the Philharmonie Luxembourg with the Оrchestre de Paris in October 2006. The following year Tatjana Vassiljeva performed the memorial concert for the great maestro.

Another close collaboration connected the cellist with Krzysztof Penderecki. Tatjana Vassiljeva played the world premiere of the revised version of the Largo under the composer’s baton and toured Spain with him in 2009. Tatjana Vassiljeva performed Penderecki’s Concerto Grosso several times, and in 2008 she recorded the second cello concerto.

As a chamber musician, Tatjana Vassiljeva has performed at international festivals, including Lockenhaus, Kronberg, Verbier, Colmar, on Elba, at the Rencontres de musique de chambre in Chambery and La Grange de Meslay, and at the Folles Journées in Nantes, Warsaw and Tokyo. She has performed with Viktor Tretiakov, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Baiba Skride, Sayaka Shoji, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Plamena Mangova, Antoine Tamestit, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Paul Badura-Skoda. In 2005, she performed Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with the latter. With the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, she founded the Philharmonic String Quintet, with which she performs regularly in chamber music concerts in Europe and Asia.

Her first CD of chamber music by Debussy, Dutilleux, Britten and Stravinsky was released by Naxos. Subsequently, another three recordings were released by Accord/Universal. Her solo CD with works by contemporary composers (Shchedrin, Dutilleux, Saariaho, Schnittke, Stroppa and Penderecki) was awarded the “Diapason d’Or of the Year”. This was followed by another recording with works by Franck, Schubert and Stravinsky. Especially with her solo CD (Kodaly, Ysaye, Tchérepnine, Cassado) she overwhelmed the music critics, who called Tatjana Vassiljeva the “New Diva of the Cello”. She also released a critically acclaimed CD of Bach’s six cello suites on MIRARE in February 2009. She also released a critically acclaimed CD of Bach’s six cello suites on MIRARE in February 2009. Also on MIRARE, her CD of Chopin and Alkan Sonatas for Cello and Piano, recorded with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, was released in January 2010. The recording of Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto, released on the Naxos label in September 2011 with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit, won the Contemporary Music category at the 2012 International Classical Music Awards. With the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Augustin Dumay, she performed Haydn’s 1st & 2nd Cello Concerto, released by Mirare in 2013.

Since 2014 Tatjana Vassiljeva has been First Principal Cellist with the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam and since 2023 – Professor at the Musikhochschule Karsruhe, Germany.

Course services

  • At least 4 individual lessons
  • Piano accompanist — a professional piano accompanist will be provided during the master class and for the performances.
  • Participant auditions — each participant has the opportunity to perform his / her finished repertoire for any upcoming competitions, concerts or auditions on one of the evenings during the master class. Please contact us for the wished audition by email.
  • Final concert — the participants of the master class can perform at the final concert after the end of the master class in order to present the program of the master class to the public and perform it publicly. One or another professor, at his discretion, will perform with the participants in duets or chamber music ensembles. The audience will present the Audience Award to the best artist of the concert under the condition, that at least ten visitors, who have purchased a ticket, attend a concert.
  • Career Advice — the tutor and director will be happy to advise you on topics such as studies, concerts, competitions, scholarships, auditions, management and self-management, and instrument procurement. Please contact us informally by e-mail for that.
  • Concert events in Berlin for the selected participants — the selected participants of the master class, chosen by the professor and the leadership of the Academy, will soon be offered a solo concert in Berlin. The date will be agreed with the artist.
  • Audience Award — directly after the final concert, an audience award in the amount of 50% of the entrance fees in cash as well as a certificate will be awarded to the participant selected by the audience under the condition, that at least ten visitors, who have purchased a ticket, attend a concert.
  • Two scholarships — with twelve or more master class participants, two scholarships in the amount of the participation fee will be awarded to two of the best students selected by the professor and the leadership of the academy after the final concert, including a certificate.

Performance with an orchestra

All participants in Berlin now have the option to perform with a chamber orchestra for the additional price of 490 € – 20 min., 700 € – 30 min. (this price includes a professional multi-angle video recording of your performance with 3 cameras). This option requires the registration of at least three participants so that the concert with chamber orchestra can take place. The decision to hold this concert will be communicated to you immediately after the minimum number of registrations for this option has been reached. Otherwise you will receive a refund for this option. Participation in the master class is not dependent on this option.


BLACKMORE'S – Berlins Musikzimmer
Warmbrunner Str. 52
Berlin, 14193 | Germany

BLACKMORE'S - Berlins Musikzimmer has a chamber music hall and three more classrooms where participants can practice during the master class or longer, except during concerts. The opening hours will be announced in the invitation to the master class together with the schedule.


REGISTRATION: If you don’t register using our online registration form, please attach the following documents to your application by email or post:
– completed application form
– copy of your passport or ID
– C.V.
– artist photo
– list of the prepared works – your program

Course fees

3 Lessons
649 €
4 Lessons
799 €
5 Lessons
949 €
Passive listener
200 €
Passive listeners have access to all open lessons of the master class, as well as concerts of participants and professors.
Day pass
50 €
Holders of the day pass receive access to all open lessons of the respective master class as well as to the concerts of the participants and professors on the respective day.
With the binding registration, the entire course fee will be charged.