Serafim Smigelskiy, cello  

Photo Credit: Arthur Moeller

Praised for his versatility and soulful expressive style, Serafim actively performs on both modern and baroque cellos. He has toured four continents as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with Jupiter Chamber Players, Trinity Baroque, EXO, Sebastians, El Mundo, Frisson and Argento among others. He has performed as principal cellist with the Juilliard Orchestra, Pegasus, Experiential Orchestra and the Kansas City Philharmonic. Between 2014 and 2021, while a member of the Tesla Quartet, he appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Wigmore Hall, the Esterhazy Palace and the Mecklenburg-Vorprommern Festival, during which the Quartet released two award-winning albums.  

A passionate advocate of new music, Serafim has given numerous world premiere performances guided by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Mathias Pintscher, Magnus Lindberg, and many others. His love of early music and fascination with historical performance practice led him to study baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai at the Juilliard Historical Performance Department and to perform alongside Robert Mealy, Monica Huggett, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan.  

 Serafim also composes electronic music as Faremis Sound and produces audiobooks with his wife, Sierra Prasada, as HiSierrafim Audio. 

Upcoming Performances:

Aug 28 – A Movable, Musical Feast

Aug 31 – Red Cliffs I: Colorado Currents

Sep 1 – Red Cliffs II: BAILEN

Sep 5 – Red Earth: Mid-Century Modern America

Sep 7 – Music Hike III: Unusual Quartets–Sacred and Profrane