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Valery Kazakov was born in Odessa and was a pupil of Ihor Zalesko in the city’s famous Stolyarsky Music School. Thereafter, he graduated from the Odessa Conservatory, where he was a cello student of Abram Gumenik. Since 1982 Valery Kazakov has been a member of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been a Professor of Cello at the Odessa Conservatory since 1990. From 1982 to 1987 he was a member of the chamber ensemble Pastorale of the Odessa Philharmonic Society, and from 2003 to 2009 he was principal cellist of the K&K Philharmoniker Wien. In this capacity, as a soloist he gave recitals in the major concert halls of Europe, including the Vienna Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Konzerthus Stockholm. He is currently assistant principal cello of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and is actively involved in the cultural life of his hometown.

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