Benjamin Mekinulov


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2023 Festival Fellows

Cleveland Institute of Music
Home town: Amherst, NY

Benjamin Mekinulov started his cello studies at the age of 6 with Professor Feng Hew, and continued his studies with Professor David Ying.

In Summer of 2021, Benjamin attended the Colorado College festival and Sitka Music festival. He has also performed in master classes in the past year with several artists including Mark Kosower, Bion Tsang, David Ying, and Alan Rafferty. In the summer of 2022, Benjamin was accepted on a full fellowship to the acclaimed Aspen Music Festival where he performed many concerts and studied with esteemed cello professors such as Brinton Smith, Eric Kim and Astrid Schween.

Benjamin is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music with the renowned professor, Dr. Melissa Kraut. In April 2022, Benjamin won a gold medal in the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Audition.