Ivan Skanavi was born into a family of musicians in Moscow. At six he started the cello and entered music school, where his teachers were Olga Galochkina and Tamara Alekseeva. Later, he studied with Alexey Seleznev at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is now a student of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. Ivan is a prizewinner of several international competitions and a Semifinalist of the Tchaikovsky International Competition (2019). Ivan plays a cello made by the Italian maker David Tecchler from 1698.