Liubov Ulybysheva is a Russian-born British cellist who enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician alongside teaching and coaching. She completed her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Oleg Kogan and at the Royal Academy of Music with Felix Schmidt, winning the Mir Carnegie Prize for Cello upon graduating. She is a recipient of many awards and competition prizes, such as the First Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition, the MBF Music Education Award, the Muriel Taylor Young Gifted Cellist Award, the Hattori Foundation, the Jellinek and the Kenneth Loveland awards. Liubov was also a recipient of the Meyer Foundation Award and the English Speaking Union Scholarship.
Liubov later became a member of the Razumovsky Academy and made her solo debut at Wigmore Hall as part of the Razumovsky Young Artist Recital Series in 2008. The same year, she started teaching at the Razumovsky Academy herself, fi rst as a teaching assistant to Oleg Kogan and now as a teacher in her own right. Alongside teaching at the Razumovsky Academy, Liubov has given masterclasses; cello classes at the Royal Academy of Music, cello and solo; and chamber music and orchestra coaching with various youth orchestras including Southbank Sinfonia.
As a soloist and chamber musician Liubov has performed across the UK and abroad. She is very grateful to have been able to perform at some incredible venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, Barbican Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Fairfi eld Halls, Oxford’s Holywell Music Room, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, among others. She has played with, among others, Dora Schwarzberg, Natalie Clein, Jack Liebeck, Philip Dukes, Katya Apekisheva, and the Razumovsky Ensemble.
As a concerto soloist, Liubov has performed works by Dvořák, Elgar, Delius, Brahms, Haydn, Prokofi ev and Piazzolla with orchestras throughout the UK, Europe and Russia. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster and Classic FM. In 2018 Liubov joined the Royal Opera House orchestra and in the same year she released her debut recording, From the Shadow of the Great War, featuring works for cello and piano by English composers. In 2019, Liubov became an artistic manager of the Brundibar Arts Festival which aims to bring little-known music written during the Holocaust to the general public. She was very honoured to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2020.