Denys Lytvynenko is Principal Cello of the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine, Denys began his musical studies on the piano. At age 7 he enrolled in the Lviv Middle Special Musical S.Krushel'nitska in the class of prof. E. E. Shpitser for violoncello. By age 12 he embarked on his first tour on Hungary. In 2000, he won 2nd Prize at the International Music Competition in Koshitse, Slovakia - an all-Ukrainian competition for violoncellists and violists - and took 1st price the next year.