Cellist Wassily Gerassimez, a member of a family of musicians, was born in Essen (Germany) in 1991 and began playing the cello at the age of five. Since 2007 he has been a student of Professor Peter Bruns in Leipzig.
Since 2012 he has been a TONALi beneficiary, indicating his special qualifications in musical communication, and was lauded as the best musical communicator by the student jury of TONALi. He was also awarded the 1st prize at the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria, 2002) and the 1st prize at the International Dotzauer Competition in Dresden (Germany, 2005). In 2006 he was awarded the Aalto-Theater Award in his home town. At the German national competition Jugend
musiziert in 2004 and 2010 he won the 1st prize with maximum points and special awards.
Together with his brother Nicolai, in 2012 he won the 1st prize at the German National Music Competition in the category “cello duo”.
As a soloist he has appeared with the Staatsphilharmonie of Rheinland-Pfalz
at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonie and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He has performed at the music festival The Next Generation III, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) and the Zermatt Festival (Switzerland).
Furthermore, he has made several radio recordings for WDR, SWR, NDR and BR.
Wassily Gerassimez is a scholarship-holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben as a prize-winner of the competition run by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Wassily Gerassimez plays a cello crafted by Georges Chanot (Paris, circa 1840).