Yaroslava Trofymchuk CELLO

Yaroslava is a Ukrainian cellist and recent graduate of the Royal College of Music.

Yaroslava started learning cello at the age of 6 as a part time course besides her dancing school. A few years later, due to an injury, she had to give up dancing and devoted all her time to music. Her teacher, Alina Kuhn, was a wonderful support through this, encouraging Yaroslava to move to Kiev to keep studying with one of the most renowned professors in Ukraine - Elena Chervova.

After graduating, Yaroslava continued studying with Elena Chervova at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music, up until the Ukrainian Revolution in 2014. In that same year, Yaroslava moved to London where she continued studying at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll and later with Natalie Clein.

Yaroslava is a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, including the Fourth Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition and Best Performer Grand Prix, where she won a nineteenth-century cello made by Charles Jacqueau. She participated in Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival, Bolzano Festival Bozen and Sherborne Festival to name but a few and has appeared as soloist in such venues as Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room. Yaroslava is sincerely thankful to RCM, ABRSM, Albert Cooper Music Trust, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Zetland Foundation, Help Musicians UK, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Talent Unlimited for all the awards and scholarships she has received during her studies in the UK. She is also extremely grateful to her family, Sara Naudi, Geoff and Carole Lindey as well as all the wonderful teachers for their great support and endless inspiration.

In her free time, Yaroslava learns photography, with an interest in portraits. She also writes poems, enjoys running, yoga and salsa dancing.