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Ilia Laporev was born in Vilnius into a musical family. He studied at the Special Music School, Minsk and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, subsequently becoming first cello of the Flemish Opera Orchestra. From 1991 he performed regularly as a soloist with various orchestras under eminent conductors such as Silvio Varviso and Stefan Soltesz.

Laporev has made chamber music his specialty and performs internationally, including recitals with pianists such as Edith Fischer and Aleksandar Madžar. He performs in a cello/piano duo with Boyan Vodenitcharov, and is a member of Trio Sonnetto. In 2005 he became the first solo cellist with the Orchestra Philharmonie Luxembourg. He is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, and holds regular international masterclasses.

Role: Classical Artist 
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