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Artem Chirkov (Double Bass)

Artem Chirkov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He began to study cello at the Special Music Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and at the age of 16 started to learn Double Bass, continuing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Professor Shilo. Mr. Chirkov continued his postgraduate studies at the “Hochschule fur Music und Theater” in Munich, Germany with Professor Klaus Trumpf. Artem is a First prize winner at the International competition “Virtuosi 2000" in St. Petersburg and International Competition in Toliatti (Russia), International Double Bass competition “J.M Sperger” Michaelstein (Gerrnany), International Double Bass competition in Brno (Czech Republic), and the 2nd prize winner in International Double Bass competition of the International Society of Bass in Richmond (USA). Holder of Principal Bass positions in numerous ensembles, including St. Petersburg Camerata under conductor S.Sondeckis, in 2004, Artem became the youngest Principal Double Bass in history of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Evgeny Mravinsky’s famed “Leningrad Philharmonic” orchestra), a position which he continues to hold under its current Principal conductor Yuri Temirkanov. Mr.Chirkov has given master classes in conservatories and universities of Japan (Tokyo), Taiwan (Taipei), Korea (Seoul), USA (Mannes School-New York, USC-Los Angeles, California Institute of Music San Diego), Mozambique (Maputo), Portugal (Lissbon, Porto), Germany (Osnabrück, München), and in Russia (St.Petersburg, Moskow, Irkutsk, Khanti-Mansiysk) Mr. Chirkov performed solo at “Pablo Casals” festivals in Prades (France) and Puerto-Rico, San Juan with St. Petersburg Camerata, International Double Bass week “Zmok Wojnowice”(Poland), “Yehudi Menuhin Society” in Munich, International Music Festival “Oleg Kagan” in Kreuth, Coburg Music Festival (Germany), Music Festival in Viana do Castelo (Portugal), “Maputo Music Festival” (Mozambique) and soloed with Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Chamber Orchestra in Czech Republic, Swerin Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Viana do Castelo Festival Orchestra, Belgard Philharmonic Orchestra (Serbia), and with St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the famous "Bassiona Amorosa” – which includes fellow iPalpiti bassists famous Roman Patkolo and Lujbinko Lazic – he was part of the iPalpiti festival in 2006 and tours internationally.

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