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Violinist Ruslan Apostolov graduated from the National Music School “Lubomir Pipkov” and the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in his native Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied violin with Prof. Yosiff Radionov and Prof. Angel Stankov. He is also a violin graduate of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London. Ruslan continued his violin studies towards “Master of Interpretation” and “Master Soloist” degrees at Haute Ecole de Musique – Lausanne (Switzerland) in the class of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
Ruslan has been concertmaster of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the National Music School (Bulgaria), concertmaster and soloist of the Student Academic Orchestra of National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” (Bulgaria), soloist of Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), concertmaster and soloist of the string chamber orchestra “Orfey” (Bulgaria), soloist of the Sliven Symhony Orchestra (Bulgaria), soloist of Razgrad Symphony (Bulgaria), and soloist of Academic Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria). He has recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television and has participated in the International Music Festival “Sofia Music Weeks” and in chamber music projects between Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien, Royal Conservatory of Liège and Haute Ecole de Music de Lausanne.
Ruslan Apostolov is a winner of national and international competitions, including “Musica Insieme” (Italy) – first prize; international competition “Prof. Nedyalka Simeonova” (Bulgaria) – special prizes; international competition “Hope. Talents. Masters” (Bulgaria) – first prize; international competition “Vasko Abadjiev” (Bulgaria) – special prize, and others. He has attended master classes with professors Mincho Minchev, Yossif Radionov, Angel Stankov, Eszter Haffner, Emil Kamilarov, Dina Schneiderman, Georgy Pauk, Bartolomej Niziol, Pavel Vernikov, Gerhard Shulz, and Donk Suk Kang,
Ruslan has performed in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Italy, Austria, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States. Winner of Schwob concerto competition 2016. 
Currently, Ruslan is a graduate student in the Artist Diploma program studying with Prof. Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University
Ina Petkova-Apostolova was born in Moscow (Russia). At the age of 6 years, she began her professional musical education. With 13 years she won her first prize from an international competition “Young musical talents”-Sofia. Ina Petkova graduated the National High School of Music in Sofia (Bulgaria) and continued her bachelor and master studies at the Vienna Conservatory Private University (Austria) with Walther Schulz and Lilia Schulz-Bayrova. She studied as well at “Concervatoire a rayonnement deparemental”- L’hay les roses – Paris with Romain Garioud. Master Interpretation at Haute Ecole de Musique – Lausanne (Switzerland) with Xavier Phillips. Currently she is enrolled in Artist Diploma program at Schwob School of Music- Columbus (USA) with Wendy Warner. 

Ina Petkova-Apostolova participated in master classes of: Heinrich Schiff, Young Chang Cho, Marc Coppey, Stefan Popov, Ventseslav Nikolov, Marko Ylönen and others.
Ina Petkova-Apostolova won several 1st prizes on international and national competitions. She was selected as principal cellist in orchestras as: Young Philharmonic Sofia (Bulgaria), Young Philharmonic Vienna (Austria), Sinfonietta Sofia (Bulgaria) and Sinfonietta dell’Arte (Austria). Since 2009 Ina Petkova is a member of the chamber music ensemble “Trio Consenso Vienna”. Recently she performed as soloist with Radio Symphony Orchestra-Vienna in the big hall of Konzerhaus (Vienna/Austria). In general as a soloist with orchestra she is performing on the stages in Bulgaria, Austria, and Germany.

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