Tatjana Vassiljeva was born into a musical family in Novosibirsk and began the cello with Eugenij Nilov, before studying with Maria Zhuravleva, Walter Northas and David Geringas. She began her performing career very early, but it was victory in the 2001 Rostropovitch Cello Competition that brought her international recognition. She is known for her irreproachable technique, irresistible range of sonorities, strength of musical personality and innate musical curiosity. Her extensive repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music and includes several works of which she has given the world première. Tatjana Vassiljeva performs with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under such distinguished conductors as Temirkanov, Gergiev, Zinman, Abbado, Gatti, Kitaenko, Eschenbach, de Billy, Sinaisky and Penderecki. She is regularly invited to festivals such as Lockenhaus, Verbier, Edinburgh, Kronberg, Colmar, Elba, the Rencontres de musique de chambre at Chambéry and La Grange de Meslay, and the Folles journées in Nantes and Japan.