Iskandeor Khannanov

Iskandeor Khannanov was born 15.03.1996 in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia. In 2004 he started playing the cello in studio of Mark Afanasev, Honored Culture Worker of Bashkortostan Republic in Central music school in Ufa. In 2008 he entered the Central Music School in Moscow (studio of prof. Igor Gavrysh.) in 2010 Iskandeor enters Basel Musikakademie der Kunste to studio of  prof. Ivan  Monighetti and continues his studies at Central Music School in Moscow in studio of Anatoliy Lukyanenko. In 2014 Iskandeor graduated The Central Music School at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow state Conservatory. Since 2015 he is an intern of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia produced by Vladimir Spivakov. Nowadays Iskandeor studies at The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (studio of prof. Sergey Roldugin) Since 2015, Iskandeor started his work as the neoclassical electronic musician.  He took an important part in creating the «Azamat featuring the Ensemble» program that was the new word in Russian electronic music which was presented on October 11, 2015 at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. In 2016, Iskandeor started to write his debut«Songs for Cello and Electronics in d.» EP album that is going to be released on the prestigious label «United Soloists» in December 2018. In August 2017, Iskandeor launched a new project called 365. The concept of the project contains 365 composition to be written every day and published within 1 year.

Prize winners of:

Shalyapin Vocalists competition,(2000, I prize),

“Teacher and student» international competition (2004, I prize),

Central Music School of Moscow – Prix International competition (2006, III prize)

Open Competition “Classical music-forever”, (2008, I prize and award for the best performance of Western music)

«V International festival of Slavic music» (2009, I prize)

X International TV competition «Nutcracker» («Golden Nutcracker winner, special award «Young Musician of TV channel “Culture” in 2009.»

International Rachmaninov competition (2016, III prize)


Iskandeor is performing at various concerts in Russia and abroad. He performed as a soloist with the State Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi” (conductor Vladimir Spivakov), with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Mark Gorenstein), with the President’s Orchestra (conducted by A. N. Orlov), with the State Symphony Orchestra “New Russia” (directed by Freddie Cadena). Member of  Sixth International Festival of Symphony Orchestras of the world, where he performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (conductor Vladimir Spivakov) in Moscow, Russia 2011. Member “Viva Cello» festival in Basel, Switzerland. Member of the International Music Festival, Viana do Castelo (Portugal) 2007-2009.

Member of national and international festivals and master-classes in Moscow, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Israel.

Iskandeor is playing on a cello that was presented him by maestro V. Spivakov in 2010.