Concert artist, winner of International competitions and Director of String Program at Russian School of Music Irvine.
Feliks Volozhanin is an award-winning cellist and composer. His recent engagements include appearances in New York, Dallas, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and others with Irina & Feliks duo. In 2020, Feliks and Irina released an album “It’s About The Touch” featuring the world premiere of Three Night Ballades written for and dedicated to them and in 2022 Feliks released his original compositions for cello and orchestra: Dawn and Letter of Love.
My students are admitted to the top world conservatories on a full scholarship. I prepare for uiversities/conservatories' entrance exams and National and International competitions. I help students to build up their resume for university applications: preparing for honor orchestras' auditions, winning competitions, CM and RCM tests, applying to scholarships, preparing for colleges' auditions and exams. They are members of different orchestras including Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, All Southern California Elementary Honor, San Juan Capistrano and Irvine Honor Orchestras, Orange County Youth Symphony and others.
In my teaching, I focus on developing strong technical foundation, which is crucial to develop at a very early stage for a future success, and nurturing students’ creativity and natural musical talents. As an active concert musician, I understand challenges that students may face in learning cello and how inspiring can be a productive practicing! I don't teach how to play and be dependent on a teacher, but rather how to analyze and enhance your practicing patterns, listen to yourself, think, be creative and independent: everything that encompasses joy of playing music
If you’re interested in your child taking music and cello seriously, developing an excellent technique, growing musically and learning how to express oneself through cello, schedule a consultation with me today
Get ready for a new school year and master CELLO with a concert artist, winner of International competitions, and Russian trained teacher, Feliks Volozhanin.
Correct bowing technique
Develop robust music reading skills
Learn efficient practicing routine
Tuition and Fees: $1000. Registration is required before June 13
Audition requirements: Student placement will depend on the student’s level during the audition.
I have had Feliks as my cello teacher for a little over a year now and he has really helped bring up my technical and musical level. Because of him, I was accepted into the Royal Danish Academy of Music! His rate may be considered pricy, but he is worth every penny. He is very particular and straightforward in his approach. He maticulously pushed me to learn every piece to perfection, all the while helping me understand why every aspect of playing was important. I started leaning cello at alot later than kids usually start (age 15) and Feliks really helped foster my talents and propel me forward.
Our 8-year old son has taken cello lessons with Feliks for the past year. He has progressed at a great pace, but most importantly, he loves and looks forward to his lessons. We've had difficulty in the past finding music teachers who were the right balance between great technique and positive, developmentally appropriate teaching for young children. Feliks has been the perfect teacher for our son. He's very understanding and interested in learning about what works best for our son
Feliks is an outstanding teacher. He really loves music and instills love of music in the kids he teaches. My daughter is 10 and has been learning cello with Feliks for the past 1 year. She loves him and loves the cello, thanks to Feliks. He doesn't look at the watch and teach. He works very hard with her. He inspires her to go above and beyond average. We are very grateful to have Feliks as our daughter's teacher. I wish him and the Russian School of Music all the best in the future.
I brougt my 6 years old daughter to the school a month ago. There we met Feliks, our instructor in cello. He is patient, kind, and knows how to deal with little ones. If you're looking for an excellent teacher - there he is! He brings all his great knowledge and experience to class to share love for music with his student.
My son has made so much progress during the short time he's been taking cello lessons here. Feliks is a wonderful teacher. He has so much patience and has made my son feel comfortable. My son is so impressed with how much he has already learned from Feliks. We are so happy we found the school.
Both my kids have taken cello lessons with Feliks and he is an excellent teacher. He has a true passion for music and teaching. He is a dedicated teacher and my kids love him! I highly recommend him for cello lessons
There is no preset style that works for eveyone. I focus on student's strengths to create a unique study plan for every student that focuses on developing one's stregths and overcoming some weaknesses that may stand in the way.
Our primary goal is to nurture and foster students' creativity empowering them to love, enjoy, and appreciate playing music once they grow into adults.
Almost every five year old child is ready to take music lessons. Some children show an interest in music even at a younger age. For these kids I recommend scheduling a consultation to decide whether it is a right time to start.
I am delighted to help my students pushing their limits and participating in school and district auditions, local and state competitions, such as SYMF, Satory, Bach's Festival, MTAC, VOCE and e.t.c.
We do offer our students to enroll into CM and Royal Conservatory Exam preparing them for both, performance and theory parts.
There are no limits set on how often children perform. Performance is an essential and important component of learning and the more students perform, the better. We offer two student recitals per year. Besides playing at the recitals, we encourage and prepare our student to participate in competitions and auditions.