Denis Shapovalov – Russian-Israeli cellist, conductor and composer, classical, jazz and rock performer, professor of the Perosi Academy of Music in Italy (Biella). He is invited to give masterclasses at the leading music institutions including Belgrade University of Arts, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Santa-Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Svizzera Italiana Conservatory in Lugano, etc.

Graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where Denis studied with professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. Being a student Shapovalov won the Gold medal and First prize at the XI Tchaikovsky Competition.

Later, performing with different orchestras under Mstislav Rostropovich in Russia, Europe and US, many times Denis had lessons with legendary Maestro.Rostropovich_masterclass

After finishing the post-graduate course, when Denis was just 26 years old he was invited to the Moscow State Conservatory, where he was a professor for 11 years.

During 25 years of his career Shapovalov has performed in world major concert halls such as Musikverein, Barbican Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Suntory Hall, and others all over the world with top-level orchestras including London Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, NHK, etc. under leading conductors.


Denis has given masterclasses all over the world and in 2014 he started his own teaching project – The Cello International Travel Academy.

Since then Cello Travel International Academy regularly runs series of masterclasses in Europe, Asia and South America.

Being a diversified musician, who has an experience of working in and with orchestras, and as well in different chamber ensembles, Denis elaborated his own teaching method to reach the highest quality of performance in the shortest possible way.

Shapovalov’s teaching style is full of humor. While working with students he combines Russian, English and Italian languages.

Besides all, Denis Shapovalov – is a frequent traveller and a big fan of rock music.