Praised for his versatility and soulful expressive style, Serafim Smigelskiy actively performs on both baroque and modern cellos. Serafim has toured internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with Jupiter Chamber Players, Trinity Baroque, Opera Lafayette, NOVUS NY, the Sebastians, FRISSON and New York Classical Players, among others. Serafim performed as principal cellist with the Juilliard Orchestra, Yale Schola Cantorum, Experiential Orchestra, Pegasus: The Orchestra, and the Kansas City Philharmonic. Between 2014 and 2021, while a member of the Tesla Quartet, he toured worldwide appearing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Esterhazy Palace, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. 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. 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. Serafim also composes electronic music as Faremis Sound and produces audiobooks with his wife, Sierra Prasada, as HiSierrafim Audio.This season's highlights include performances with Experiential Orchestra, El Mundo, Trinity Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Classical Orchestra and Yale Schola Cantorum.