Cello Academy

Cello International Travel Academy was founded by Denis Shapovalov in 2014. Denis travels much giving concerts in different countries, and almost everywhere cellists ask him for lessons after the performance. This idea of a travelling teacher gave birth to the foundation of Cello International Travel Academy. The Academy’s meetings have been held in Russia, Europe, Asia and South America since then.

Denis graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he had been studying under Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. He performed with different orchestras under Mstislav Rostropovich and took master-classes with the legendary Maestro. After finishing the post-graduate course at 26, Denis had become a professor of the Cello Department at the Moscow State Conservatory where he worked for 11 years.
Since Denis is a versatile musician – soloist, conductor and composer, classical, jazz and rock performer, who has an experience of working in and with orchestras as well as in various chamber ensembles – he pays attention to all aspects of cello performance. He elaborated his own unique teaching method based on an unusual psychological approach which allows the students to reach extraordinary results easily in a short span of time.

Denis is an easygoing and optimistic person; his lessons are noted for informal and friendly atmosphere. His teaching style is full of humor: while working with foreign students he combines Russian, English, Italian and Spanish languages.
Denis is always happy to meet new friends and he likes giving master-classes because sharing his interesting and useful experience is a part of his mission.  Each Cello International Travel Academy includes not only lessons but also jolly parties with students.
Cello International Travel Academy is a unique opportunity for cellists who enjoy travelling:
– Improve cello skills while exploring new amazing places
– Meet new friends during discovering new music and composers
– Share ideas while having big fun on vacations


“Lots of positive energy and inspiration. Great man and an amazing artist who is always looking for better sound. The experience that I will always remember!” – Petar Lazarevich, Montenegro

“Professor is very helpful and shows how to get over difficult parts through delightfull exercises. Work with professor Shapovalov was very pleasant and I hope that we’ll meet again very soon.” – Zvonimir Perkovic, Croatia

“Professor Shapovalov explains everything very simple and has great musical associations. Also he has a lot of tricks and tips for practicing that I find very helpful.” – Magdalena Matic, Serbia

Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia, Tchaikovsky "Rococo Variations"
Belgrade Music Academy, Dvorak Cello Concerto