Larsen Strings for Cello

Ivan Skanavi


“I was first introduced to Larsen Strings in 2014 at the Kronberg Festival and I immediately understood that this would be a long-term relationship: we simply matched in our understanding of sound and philosophy, which is all about the music.”

Ivan Skanavi

Matteo Goffriller from (ca.1720) with Larsen Il Cannone

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About Ivan

“Ivan Skanavi possesses warm, strong sound, elegant virtuosity and his own way of thinking and interpretation of music.”

Professor David Geringas

Ivan Skanavi - Cellist

Ivan Skanavi, winner of the 2022 Grand-Prix Emanuel Feuermann, is one of the leading cellists of his generation, captivating audiences with his broad stylistic sound spectrum, clear projection and vast range of colours.

“He masterfully possesses all the possible shades of sound produced by his instrument (that also highly benefits his arrangements). He knows how to reveal the best of its melodic character, and he really dares to show his true expression, that, unfortunately, can hardly be said about many soloists nowadays. He does not fixate on speed, and therefore on virtuosity (“Hear me!”), but he understands the art of letting music breath, even in fast passages.” (Opus Klassiek, Aart van der Wal about Skanavi’s debut CD “Dimensions” released on “decurio”)

A student of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Skanavi began exploring the cello at the age of six in Moscow under the renowned Tamara Alekseeva. He continued in Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Alexey Seleznev and later by Professor Alexander Rudin. In the following years Skanavi has further expanded his skillset by participating in numerous masterclasses with esteemed international pedagogues, such as David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Ivan Monighetti, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Alban Gerhardt, Jerome Pernoo, Norbert Anger, Thorleif Thedeen, Claudio Bohorquez, Julius Berger, Jens Peter Maintz, Eckart Runge, Laszlo Fenyo and Boris Andrianov.

Ivan Skanavi - Cello - © Kristina Revva

Combining a fruitful chamber music career with frequent solo performances, Skanavi’s resume of performances include a number of high-profile festivals such as Verbier Music Festival, Kronberg Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Gezeitenkonzerte, “I Mozartini” Festival (Italy), International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg), Vadim Repin Trans-Siberian Art Festival (Siberia), Musik in den Häusern der Stadt (Hamburg), and Beethoven Tage (Germany), amongst others.

Following Skanavi’s successes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition and ARD International Competition, he debuted at the Moscow Philharmonic with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra in 2020.

“Utterly remarkable virtuosity”

Colin Clarke, Verbier Festival 2021.

Further notable solo performances with orchestras include collaborations with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Kammerphilharmonie Metamorphosen Berlin, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Musica Viva Orchestra, Academic Symphonic Orchestra in the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra of Pavel Slobodkin Center, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Moscow Conservatory Orchestra, Kurgan Symphony Orchestra, Gotha Philharmonie, Siberian Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Ivan Skanavi - Cello

Awarded with multiple prizes beyond his triumphs of 1st prize at the Russian National Cello Competition and the special prize for outstanding performance of the sonata by Alfred Schnittke at the ‘Ton & Erklärung’ Cello Competition in Hannover, Skanavi has also been supported by various organisations throughout his career. He is a scholarship holder at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and Tonali GmbH Hamburg.

Aside from his performance career, Skanavi is an active teacher and holds the position of a Visiting Professor in LPMAM (London Performing Academy of music). Ivan plays a cello by Venetian maker Matteo Goffriller from ca.1720.

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Rachmaninov - Sonata for cello and piano g-moll op.19

Duo Ivanova-Skanavi plays S. Rachmaninov Cello Sonata.Ivan Skanavi – Violoncello. Dina Ivanova – Piano. Recorded in Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Germany.

Ivan Skanavi & Dina Ivanova: DIMENSIONS

Ivan Skanavi & Dina Ivanova

Dimensions: a highly expressive journey through music for cello and piano is performed by promising young artists Ivan Skanavi and Dina Ivanova, including an own arrangement of Grieg’s third Violin Sonata arranged by Ivan Skanavi.

Ivan Skanavi

Please visit to find out more about the artist including forthcoming events and a portfolio of images, videos and recorded audio.

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