Born in London into a musical family, cellist Vashti Hunter is currently based in Berlin and enjoys a versatile career as soloist and chamber musician, being invited regularly to play in some of the world’s leading music festivals and concert halls. She is the ﬁrst British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65 year history. Vashti has performed in prestigious halls throughout Europe, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Rudolﬁnum Prague, Salle Moliere in Lyon, the Philharmonie and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. She has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Pilsen Philharmonic and CHAARTS and has worked with conductors such as Gabor Tákács-Nagy and Antonello Manacorda. Much in demand as both soloist and chamber musician, Vashti has been invited to important festivals such as PODIUM, Lockenhaus, Ernen, Davos, Heidelberger Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music UK, Boswiler Sommer and the Shanghai Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with eminent artists including Steven Isserlis, Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Ilya Gringolts, Erich Hörbarth, Nicolas Altstaed and Vilde Frang. In 2010 Vashti co-founded Trio Gaspard together with Greek-Albanian violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha and German-British pianist Nicholas Rimmer. The piano trio has won ﬁrst prizes in the ‘Haydn’ and ‘Joachim’ international competitions and perform regularly in some of the world’s most important halls. In December 2020 Vashti and her husband Jonian Ilias Kadesha, became new members of the Kelemen Quartet, joining founding members Barnabas Kelemen and Katalin Kokas. They had the great fortune to spend the second lockdown learning and recording all 6 Bartok quartets and playing for the great Hungarian musical legends György Kurtag and Ferenc Rados. In 2015 Vashti completed a ‘Konzertexamen’ degree with Leonid Gorokhov in Hannover. She also studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle, attended the European Chamber Music Academy and learned from Steven Isserlis for many years at IMS Prussia Cove. Between 2017 and 2019 she taught chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and cello at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. She recently won a position teaching chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Rostock, Germany.
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