The cellist Suren Bagratuni was winner of the Silver Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. Since winning several national and international competitions he has gone on to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has been called “a cellist of uncommon attainments” by the Boston Globe. As a soloist Mr. Bagratuni has performed with all the major orchestras of the former Soviet Union, as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and South Africa. Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with numerous festivals and solo recitals in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. He has recorded for the Centaur, Melodiya, Marco Polo, Ongaku, and BGR labels and he has been featured on CBC Radio Canada, the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Germany, and WNYC in New York, NPR, and WGBH in Boston. In addition to his performances and recording activities, Mr. Bagratuni is professor of cello at Michigan State University, where he also serves as artistic director of the annual Cello Plus Festival. He has presented master classes throughout Europe, the Far East, South Africa, Armenia, Canada, and at many schools in the U.S., including the Peabody Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.