“Evgeny is one of the brightest talents of his generation.”
- Daniil Shafran

“His great technique, emotional sensibility and performing charisma are always appreciated by the audience.”
– Natalia Shakhovskaya

Evgeny Tonkha

is one today’s most talented Russian cellists. He performs to international audiences with unfailing success. Among his achievements are the 1st Prize and the Golden Medal at the 12th International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic, the Special Jury Prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition, and prizes for the best performance of contemporary music.

Evgeny was born in 1982, into a musical family and studied at the Gnessin Music School (class of Professor Vladimir Tonkha.) Since the age of 10, he has toured Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the USA.

In 1998, he entered the Russian Academy of Music (classes of Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya and Professor Valentin Berlinsky.)

Evgeny took part in master-classes, presented by Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, David Geringas and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal cellist Georg Faust.

He has held the Daniil Shafran, Vladimir Spivakov, and Mstislav Rostropovich scholarships.

After graduating from the Russian Academy of Music, Evgeny was invited by Professor David Geringas to post-graduate studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Since 2006, Evgeny has been collaborating with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra.

Conductors he has worked with include Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons and Daniel Barenboim.

He regularly performs at the Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Hamburg Philhamonie and at the Hall of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.

Evgeny is a resident participant of Russian and international festivals, such as , the Sakharov Arts Fesitival in Nizhny Novgorod, in Moscow, the Sofia Gubaidullina Festival, the Pablo Cazals Festival in Colmar, France, the Chopin Festival in London, Santander Festival in Spain, the Rodion Shchedrin Festival in Berlin, the Beauvais Cello Festival in France and the festival, dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the Berliner Philahrmoniker.

Evgeny is a laureate of the charity programme. His name is registered in

He collaborates with a number of contemporary composers, such as Sofia Gubaidulina, MIkhail Bronner, Victor Suslin, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Artyom Vasiliev, Elena Langer.

The orchestras Evgeny performs with include the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie in Hamburg, Berliner Camerata, the Symphony Orchestras of Nizhny Novgorod, Toliatti and Ryazan and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.