‘… the two musicians who are excellently attuned to each other, where lyricism is a key word in the round, warm and intense playing of Anastasia Feruleva and the scintillating playing of Frank van de Laar…’ (Luister)

Anastasia Feruleva en Frank van de Laar

The cellist Anastasia Feruleva inspires audiences all over Europe with her captivating expressiveness
and authentic personality. She combines fascinating technical skills with a sincere artistic intensity
and is praised by critics for her “convincing, passionate and captivating interpretations” and “organic
phrasing and lively intensity down to the last note” (Frankfurter Zeitung).
Born in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Anastasia Feruleva started playing the cello at the age of five. She has
performed extensively in her native country from early childhood on, and her concert engagements
have taken her throughout the whole of Europe including the Netherlands, where she has obtained
her bachelor with Larissa Groeneveld at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with 10 with
distinction. Under the guidance of Prof. Troels Svane she has finished her master studies at the
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and her Konzertexamen in Lübeck with the highest mark.
Recently Anastasia has completed her postgraduate education with Professor Ivan Monighetti at the
Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid.
Furthermore, her artistic development has been influenced and mentored by such illustrious artists
as David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirschbaum, Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt, Jens-Peter
Maintz, Reinhard Latzko, Arto Noras, Miklós Perényi, Ferenc Rados, Michel Strauss, Antonio
Meneses, Eberhard Feltz, and Raphael Wallfisch.
Anastasia has performed in world-renowned halls including Concertgebouw Amsterdam,
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Leidse Stadsgehoorzaal, Tivoli Vredenburg, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Hall, Salle Cortot Paris, Atheneum Bucharest, Liszt Academy Budapest, Euskalduna Concert Hall
Bilbao.
As a soloist she has appeared in a large range of concertos collaborating with orchestras like the
Württembergische Philharmonie, the Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch
Orkest/Nederlands Kamerorkest.
An avid chamber musician, Anastasia frequently appears to such festivals as the Gstaad Menuhin
Festival and Academy, Tsinandali Festival and Academy, Clasclas Festival, International Chamber
Music Festival Joao Pessoa Brazil, Orlando Festival, Storioni Festival, Giverny Chamber Music Festival.
She collaborated with distinguished artists and ensembles such as Raphael Wallfisch, Michel Strauss,
Philippe Graffin, Silke Avenhaus, Rick Stotijn, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Camerata Concertgebouw
Amsterdam.

Anastasia has received prizes in various competitions from a very early age on. She has been
awarded the second prize and the prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work on the
Cello Biennale competition 2016 in Amsterdam.
In 2018, Anastasia has released together with [pianist frank van de Laar a highly acclaimed Debut CD
“Ballets Russes” on the label Gutman Records. Furthermore, she gave that same year a warmly
applauded debut recital in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as part of the series “Young Masters on
Tour”. In February 2021 an enthusiastically received new CD has been released on the label TRPTK.
This CD “L’esprit du temps”, featuring works by Enescu, Stravinsky, Lili and Nadia Boulanger has
been highly appraised in magazines like “Das Orchester” and “Luister”. She plays a cello by Rombouts (1710).

Frank van de Laar completed his piano studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under Prof. Jan
Wijn obtaining the highest distinction possible.
He then went on to study in Hannover in the class of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and in Amsterdam
with Naum Grubert.
After winning bronze medal at the prestigious Brahms international Piano Competition Hamburg in
1987 , first Prize at the Sweelinck Competition Amsterdam, and receiving may other prizes and
awards including Slowak Critics Prize and Jacques Vonk Award,
many appearances in almost all European countries , as well as Russia , Asia, United States
and the Middle East, have followed in quick succession always warmly acclaimed by both public and
press.
His repertoire stretches from Bach to contemporary composers, always allowing lesser-known old
and new masterworks to play their own interesting role.
Frank is also a highly acclaimed chamber musician and has appeared in numerous concert series and
festivals worldwide.
His performances have been recorded during countless radio and television broadcasts and over 35
compact discs bear his name.
At present Frank van de Laar is professor at the Piano department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam
and the Artez Conservatory in Zwolle.
His students include prize winners in a large range of international competitions.

VIDEOS
Nadia Boulanger - Trois Pièces | Anastasia Feruleva | Cello Biënnale Amsterdam 2020
George Enescu - Cello sonata No.2 in C Major, Op.26
Lili Boulanger - D'un soir triste
anastasia

‘…van de Laar made the piano sparkle, Feruleva’s full, deep sound came into its own in broad, singing phrasing…’  (NRC)

‘…much grandeur and expressive depth in these interpretations by this perfectly attuned duo that brings this wonderful music to life with much panache…’ (OpusKlassiek)

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