“Vibrant musical energy!“
Antony Fogg, an Artistic Administrator of Boston Symphony
“...passionate performance...one of the most moving and exciting performances”
Southeastern News Release
“Feliks is an extremely hard-working and talented cellist. He has an exceptional ability to communicate and express his well thought out musical ideas.“
Karen Jung, SLU cello faculty
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Jin Kim
“...charismatic and passionate performance”
Willis Delony, professor of piano and jazz studies of LSU
Russian born cellist, Feliks Volozhanin, began studying cello at the age of seven. At the age of twelve he became a laureate of Chelyabinsk State Youth Cello Competition and continued his studies at State Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia. Since moving to the United States, Mr. Volozhanin has won first prizes in many contests including the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn, the Rapides Symphony and the SLU Concerto Competitions, studying at Southeastern Louisiana University with Karen Jung. Feliks was a teaching assistant of professor Bongshin Ko at Cal State Fullerton and also served as a principal cellist of Cal State Fullerton Symphony and Cal State Fullerton Cello Choir.
Mr. Volozhanin has successfully performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras on two continents; his recent engagements include solos with the Rapides Symphony, the Symphony of the Mountains and the SLU Chamber Orchestra.
Volozhanin’s performances have been broadcast on television in the United States as well as in Russia.
Mr. Volozhanin has also studied with esteemed cellists Kirill Rodin, Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist and professor of Moscow State Conservatory. His artistry is based on the deep understanding of musical fabric combined with truly individual approach of each piece. His goal is to deliver the highest quality music to audiences and high standards of instruction to students from all walks of life worldwide .
Mr. Volozhanin loves and truly enjoys teaching having over 15 years of experience both in Russia and in the US with outstanding results: 1/3rd of 2017 Irvine Elementary Honor Orchestra cello section were his students. His teaching philosophy is to share what he learned from a great Russian cello school: superb technique and expressive musical interpretation.
In my teaching, I focus on developing strong technical foundation, which is crucial to develop at a very early stage for a future success, and nurturing students’ creativity and natural musical talents. As an active concert musican, I understand challenges that students may face in learning cello and how inspiring can be a productive practising! I teach how to practice effectively and get exiting results in a very short time getting students excited by the progress they make.
My students successfully compete at International and National competitions and are members of different orchestras including Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, All Southern California Elementary Honor, San Juan Capistrano and Irvine Honor Orchestras, and Orange County Youth Symphony.
If you’re interested in your child taking music and cello seriously, developing an excellent technique, growing musically and learning how to express oneself through cello, schedule a consultation with me today
Tarantella by Squire, Michael Wu, cello
My 11 year old son has been taking lessons at RSM for over a year. He had previously taken lessons with another teacher but progressed very slowly, and I could tell his interest was fading. A few lessons at RSM changed all of that. The lessons were adapted to my son's personality, and my son speaks to his instructor as both a friend as well as a mentor. I am amazed at the progress he has made in a short time.
Our 8-year old son has taken cello lessons with Feliks for the past year. He has progressed at a great pace, but most importantly, he loves and looks forward to his lessons. We've had difficulty in the past finding music teachers who were the right balance between great technique and positive, developmentally appropriate teaching for young children. Feliks has been the perfect teacher for our son. He's very understanding and interested in learning about what works best for our son
Feliks is an outstanding teacher. He really loves music and instills love of music in the kids he teaches. My daughter is 10 and has been learning cello with Feliks for the past 1 year. She loves him and loves the cello, thanks to Feliks. He doesn't look at the watch and teach. He works very hard with her. He inspires her to go above and beyond average. We are very grateful to have Feliks as our daughter's teacher. I wish him and the Russian School of Music all the best in the future.
I brougt my 6 years old daughter to the school a month ago. There we met Feliks, our instructor in cello. He is patient, kind, and knows how to deal with little ones. If you're looking for an excellent teacher - there he is! He brings all his great knowledge and experience to class to share love for music with his student.
My son has made so much progress during the short time he's been taking cello lessons here. Feliks is a wonderful teacher. He has so much patience and has made my son feel comfortable. My son is so impressed with how much he has already learned from Feliks. We are so happy we found the school.
Both my kids have taken cello lessons with Feliks and he is an excellent teacher. He has a true passion for music and teaching. He is a dedicated teacher and my kids love him! I highly recommend him for cello lessons and give him 5 stars!
There is no preset style that works for eveyone. I focus on student's strengths to create a unique study plan for every student that focuses on developing one's stregths and overcoming some weaknesses that may stand in the way.
Our primary goal is to nurture and foster students' creativity empowering them to love, enjoy, and appreciate playing music once they grow into adults.
Almost every child is ready to take music lessons at 5 years of age. Some children show an interest in music even at a younger age. For these kids I recommend scheduling a consultation to decide whether it is a right time to start.
I am delighted to help my students pushing their limits and participating in International, National, and State competions; school and district auditions; local competitions, such as SYMF, Satory, Bach's Festival, MTAC, VOCE and e.t.c.
We do offer our students to enroll into CM and Royal Conservatory Exam preparing them for both, performance and theory parts.
Cello lessons are taught at the studio in Cypress Village at 12 Truman in Irvine Orange County. This location is at junction of 5 Freeway and Jeffrey and close to Woodbury, Stonegate, Northwood, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. Another cello studio is located near John Wayne airport and close to Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Irvine and Laguna Beach
There are no limits set on how often children perform. Performance is an essential and important component of learning and the more students perform, the better. We offer two student recitals per year. Besides playing at the recitals, we encourage and prepare our student to participate in competitions and auditions.