Antonio Hallongren, born in 1989, began to play the cello at the age of ten for Eva Scheja Helliksson. He continued his studies with Mats Rondin and Harro Ruijsenaars. Antonio won the first prize in RUM’s competition for ‘Young Soloists’ and was awarded a special prize in the Danish-Swedish competition Öresunds Solist. He has taken part in masterclasses with world-class cellists such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman and Truls Mørk. Since 2012 Antonio has played in the Berzelli Pianotrio. This year he was elected principal cellist of the Swedish National Youth Orchestra, which toured the USA with concerts in the Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Strathmore Center under the direction of Tõnu Kaljuste. This year Antonio is doing his performance masters at the Royal College of Stockholm with professor Ola Karlsson.