Pavel Strugalev was born in Moscow in 1970. He graduated from the Gnessin Specialist Music School in Moscow and Detmold High School of Music, where he was also an assistant of professor G. Shmalfus. Pavel is a winner of the Russian National Competition for Wind Players and the Fernand Gillet Intrenational Competition. Pavel is one of a few oboists who have been honoured with a solo recital in the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Pavel has held the position of the first oboist with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestra of Neue Philharmonie Westafalen. He founded Das Neue Trio and Homecoming Woodwind Ensemble (with Dmitri Bulgakov) and took part in its first project – the world premiere and recording of Bachâ€™s Goldberg Variations, arranged for woodwind quartet by Russian composer Andrei Eschpai. Pavel is a regular guest at the Homecoming festival in Moscow and co-autor of the idea of the Hiiumaa Homecoming Festival.