Violinist professor VASILIJ MELJNIKOV studied at the Academy of Music in Minsk with one of the most renowned Russian professors, violinist Olga Parkhomenko, who herself was a student of the famous David Oistrakh. After finishing his postgraduate studies with Prof. Parkhomenko, Vasilij perfected his violin performance at P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied with Igor Bezrodny and Boris Belenky. He began his pedagogical work as a professor at the Special Secondary School for Exceptional Music Talents in Minsk and also as assistant at the Academy of Music in Minsk. At the same time he was a member of the Belarus National Chamber Orchestra with which he performed in republics of the former Soviet Union as well as in other European countries. Since 1990 prof. Meljnikov has been working and living in Slovenia. As a soloist and a chamber musician he has performed in many major concert halls and participated in numerous concert series and festivals in Slovenia and abroad. In 1997 he won the first prize at the International Competition Vienna Modern Masters. For two years he was a member of the string quartet Camerata Slovenica with Primož Novšak, Mile Kosi and Ciril Škerjanc and a member of Ljubljana piano trio with pianist Sijavuš Gadžijev and cellist Igor Mitrovič. Pedagogical work has always been an important part of his activity. Since 1992 prof. Meljnikov has been teaching at the Secondary Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana. His students have won numerous awards at the state and international competitions and often perform in concerts as soloists and with various orchestras. Also, some of them were awarded Škerjanc prizes for excellence. In 1993 he started teaching at the Academy of Music University in Ljubljana. In 2000 he became a professor, and since 2007 he is holding a position of the regular professor. Professor Vasilij Meljnikov is also the head of strings department at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Since 2001 he has also been a mentor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Academy of Music, which gives very successful performances at home and abroad. From 2004 to 2010 he held the position of the ConcertMaster of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. From 2012 to 2018 Vasilij Meljnikov was a chief of the String Department of the Academy of Music University in Ljubljana. Vasilij Meljnikov was awarded the Betett award in 2005 for artistic achievements in the field of reproductive arts and social activities in the spread of musical culture.