Russian violist German Tcakulov initially studied the violin with Valentina Madorskaya in his home city of Vladikavkaz but switched to the viola at the age of fifteen and continued his studies with Vladimir Stopichev at the Special Music School of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St Petersburg. Four years later he graduated to the St Petersburg State Conservatory itself. When he was twenty-one, German Tcakulov moved to Germany to study the viola with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, graduating with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music and also attending masterclasses under the direction of such eminent viola players as Hatto Beyerle, Hartmut Rohde and Yuri Bashmet.
In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship by the Lucia Loeser Foundation and also won prizes at the Charles Hennen International Competition for Chamber Music in the Netherlands, at the Jyväskylä International Youth Competition in Finland, at the International Mravinsky Competition in Russia and at the Start-Up Music Awards of the Society of Friends of the Hanns Eisler School of Music.
German Tcakulov has already performed with a number of leading orchestras, including the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating, German Tcakulov has additionally been active in the field of chamber music and has appeared at various festivals such as the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music in Lower Saxony, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Oztberg Summer Concerts.
Since 2017 German Tcakulov has held a teaching post at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, where he works as Tabea Zimmermann’s assistant.
Since 2018 he has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.