GSO is delighted to welcome back Liubov Ulybysheva as our soloist for the magnificent Elgar Cello Concerto. Liubov began her relationship with the orchestra way back in 2008 when as a young soloist at the start of her professional career she won our Young Artists competition. Since then she has come back to perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in 2013, to be the cello soloist for an amazing Tango Fiesta in 2017 and now returns for another of the iconic works in the cello repertoire.
She was born in Moscow and started playing the cello at the age of five. Having studied at the Gnessin Special Music School and the Russian Music Academy, she came to London in 2003 to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov and Oleg Kogan, graduating with 1st class honours. Following that, Liubov completed a Master of Music Degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Felix Schmidt, winning the Moir Carnegie Prize for cello on graduation.
As a concerto soloist, Liubov has performed with major orchestras in Russia and in the UK with symphony orchestras in Cambridge, Croydon, Sevenoaks, Guildford and Epsom.
As a chamber musician, Liubov has participated in numerous music festivals, such as the Manchester International Cello Festival, Alderburgh Festival, Valdres Music Festival, Lidkoping Music Festival, performing with international musicians such as Oleg Kogan, David Cohen, Dora Schwarzberg, and with ensembles such as the London Mozart Piano Trio and the Razumovsky Ensemble.
As a concerto soloist, Liubov has performed with major orchestras in Russia, the UK, and Europe. Liubov is also a keen chamber musician and regularly performs in the UK and abroad. She has participated in numerous music festivals such as the Manchester Cello Festival, Alderburgh Festival, Valdres and Lidkoping Music Festivals. She has played with, amongst others, Dora Schwarzberg, the Mozart Piano Trio and the Razumovsky Ensemble.
She has performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster and Classic FM.
In 2018 Liubov joined the Royal Opera House orchestra and in the same year she released her debut recording, From the Shadow of the Great War, featuring works for cello and piano by English composers.
In 2019, Liubov became an artistic manager of the Brundibar Arts Festival, which aims to bring little-known music written during the Holocaust to the general public.