The Festival has always been dedicated to the promotion of young and promising artists. For this reason, the Elba Festival Prize was established in 2003 and dedicated to the memory of Giuseppe Pietri, the 19th century composer born on Elba. This prize is awarded every year to a young musician who shows talent and dedication to music. The first Elba Festival Prize was given to the then 18-year-old Russian pianist Miroslav Kultyshev, who 4 years later won the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Monte Carlo Piano Masters in 2012.
The Prize is awarded, after a careful consideration, by the Festival organizers and with the support of the Association Amici del Festival.
JONIAN ILIAS KADESHA, violin — Elba Festival Prize 2019
Born in Athens, of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2018.
As a soloist recent highlights include the Munich Radio Orchestra, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, Greek Radio Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra and Orchestra della Toscana in repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky.
Jonian has performed widely in Europe appearing at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Moliere Lyon, Salle Garnier Montecarlo, the Megaron Hall Athens, Goldener Saal Augsburg and the Teatro Verdi in Firenze. In 2018 he returned as Artistin-Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival performing concertos by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, and to the Mantua Chamber Music Festival in Italy performing Vivaldi 4 Seasons with the Mantova Chamber Orchestra.
Engagements during 2018/19 include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, RTE Symphony, New Russian State Orchestra, Nidum Ensemble, Albanian Radio, Milano Classica and Coburg Philharmonic Orchestras. He records his second CD for CAvi Music with works by Honegger, Kodaly and Skalkottas, returns to Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove playing with Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados, and gives recitals at the Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Gent, Barber Institute, Birmingham, Elgar Room of Royal Albert Hall, London, and for SWR2 at Villa Ludwigshöhe Edenkoben. His first CD with pianist Nicholas Rimmer was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.
Sought after as a chamber musician Jonian has taken part in the Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich, Heidelberger-Frühling, Lockenhaus, Musikdorf-Ernen and Hitzacker Festivals. He has collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto, and taken part in Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World Festival and the Verbier Academy Festival. In 2010 he co-founded the Trio Gaspard who won 1st Prize at the Haydn Competition in Vienna and are currently Fellows at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Jonian was taught by Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin and undertook chamber music studies with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and the European Chamber Music Academy. He has won top prizes at the 2015 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, 2017 Windsor International and 2013 Leopold Mozart Violin Competitions, and participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz.
Jonian plays on Nicola Gagliano violin (18th century), kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.