Vasily Stepanov was born in 1994 in Kazan. In 2018 he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (classes of Natalia Shakhovskaya and Boris Andrianov), subsequently completing an assistant traineeship at the conservatory (class of Boris Andrianov). From 2018 to 2020 he trained at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid (class of Jens Peter Maintz).
Prize-winner at the Valery Gavrilin Governor’s International Youth Competition (Vologda, 2010; 1st prize), the Sviatoslav Knushevitsky International Cello Competition (Saratov, 2012; 2nd prize), the International Competition Constellation of Talents (Cheboksary, 2012; Grand Prix), the Mravinsky International Competition for Youth (St Petersburg, 2012; 1st prize), the Riga Classic Strings Violin and Cello International Competition and Festival (2018; 1st prize), the All-Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2018, and Ufa, 2022; 2nd prize), the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow – St Petersburg, 2023; 6th prize).
Grant recipient of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan. Has taken part in masterclasses conducted by Sergei Roldugin, David Geringas, Gautier Capuçon, Martti Rousi, Niels Ulner and Torleif Thedéen in addition to attending the Carl Nielsen Masterclass (Assens, Denmark).
Frequently performs in recital. Appeared in Russia and internationally (USA, France, Spain, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Moldova, Tanzania), including at the Lincoln Center in New York. Participates in the Music Festival Eliso Virsaladze Presents… Collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Titov, Alexei Vasiliev, Dimitris Botinis, Alexander Sladkovsky, Christian Knapp, Eduard Grach, Maxim Fedotov, Teodor Currentzis, Michalis Economou, Julian Gallant, Rustem Abyazov and Alexei Vorontsov.
Since 2017 he has been collaborating with stage director Dmitry Krymov. Took part in the recording of Kuzma Bodrov’s music for the films Sobibor by Konstantin Khabensky (2018), Brotherhood (Leaving Afghanistan) by Pavel Lungin (2019), Once Upon a Time in the Desert by Andrey Kravchuk (2022).
In May 2022 Vasily Stepanov played at the St Petersburg premiere of Alexander Tchaikovsky’s dramatic symphony The Song of Igor’s Campaign at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Participant in programmes of the St Petersburg Music House since 2012.
Currently teaches at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music and the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music.
Information for August 2023