Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev
Born in the ex USSR and spending his childhood in Cuba, Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev's origins have blended both Slavic and the Latin cultures. He started his musical education at the National School of Arts in Havana and started performing public concerts at the age of eight. In the nineties, his cello training took him from Cuba back to Russia and on to Mexico, Switzerland and Belgium. During this pilgrimage he interacted with various cello masters and teachers that stood for the German, French and Russian cello technique, such as Vladimir Drobache,Gaiane Mdoyan and Viacheslav I. Ponamoriov. He continued and accomplished his studies at the Royal Music Conservatory in Antwerp and he founded the chamber music group “Spirale Piano Trio” together with Monica Florescu in 2002. Besides the chamber music career, he performs as a soloist and in duo with pianist Monica Florescu realizing an intense concert activity all over the world in Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Romania, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Makcim obtained various scholarships in order to accomplish his studies and had interacted with internationally recognized musicians and performers (Tomas Kakuska from Alban Berg Quartet, Mikhail Bezverkniy, Florestan Trio, Altenberg Trio, Alexander Ivashkin, Mikhail Kugel, Renaud Capuçon, Mark Drobinsky, Natalia Pavlutskaja, Lluis Claret, Torleiff Teiden). Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev sustains a constant and intense performing activity in concert hall like: Center of Fine Arts in Brussels, Flagey Brussels, De Bijloke Gent, De Singel Antwerp,CNA (Centro Nacional de las Artes) Mexico City, Teatro Esperanza Iris Tabasco, Teatro J.Clavijero Veracruz, Mexico, Sala Tlaqna, Xalapa, Mexico, as well as playing on a regular basis with orchestras in Mexico, Belgium and Romania.