Described by Le Figaro as an “unrivaled musician”, cellist Anastasia Kobekina is known for her breath-taking musicality and technique, her extraordinary versatility and her infectious personality.
With a vast repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, playing on both modern and period instruments, Anastasia Kobekina has established herself as one of the most exciting cellists of the younger generation.
As soloist, Anastasia Kobekina performed with worldwide renowned orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Wiener Symphoniker, the BBC Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, and under under the guidance of Krzysztov Penderecki, Valery Gergiev, Heinrich Schiff, Omer Meir Wellber, Vladimir Spivakov and Dmitrij Kitajenko.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season, include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestre National de Lille under Gabriel Bebeșelea, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)under Kazushi Ono as well as her recital and chamber music debuts at the Verbier Festival and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.
Anastasia Kobekina is prizewinner at renowned international competitions such as the TONALi Competition in Hamburg, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg (2019) and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2016).
Kristina Winiarski (born in 1994) is a highly celebrated cellist from Stockholm, Sweden. She started her cello studies as a six year old with Maria Zhuravleva in Moscow, Russia, where she partly grew up. Back in Sweden, she continued to learn from Ulrika Edström, before entering university studies at the Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, with professor Valter Despalj.
She later continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with professor Torleif Thedéen, with whom she completed her soloist diploma degree in 2019. She also benefited from master classes with Frans Helmersson, Gary Hoffmann, Gabor Takacz-Nagy and Jens Peter Maintz among others. During season 2017-2018, she became a laureate at the prestigious mentorship program “Classe d’excellence de Violoncelle” where she worked closely with Gautier Capucon at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
Kristina has been an active performer from a young age. She was only 8 years old the first time she sat in front of an orchestra as a soloist. She had her professional debut at the age of 16 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington DC. After that she has enjoyed collaborating with orchestras such as the Maryland Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg State Symphony, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and her latest debut was with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in January 2020.
Kristina was a finalist in the Swedish Soloist Prize in 2020, where she was awarded shared 2nd prize. Among other awards she has received is the “Nicholas A. Firmenich Prize” at the Verbier Festival in 2018, the prestigious “Anders Wall” Scholarship, and serveral grants from the Royal Swedish Music Academy.
Her big passion for chamber music has brought her to perform at all the major chamber music festivals in Sweden, as well as in established venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and South Korea. Several of her recitals have been broadcasted on medici.tv and on Swedish public radio.
She appears in regular partnership with the pianist Pontus Carron, with whom she has won the two biggest chamber music competitions in Scandinavia.
Kristina plays on a cello built by David Tecchler in 1711, kindly loaned to her by the Swedish Järnåker foundation.
Senja Rummukainen was awarded the 6th prize in the international Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Few years before she won the 1st prize in the national Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and was a finalist in the international Guilhermina Suggia Prize in Portugal.
She is a regular guest at various music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. Rummukainen has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the most important Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Kuopio, Joensuu and Vaasa Orchestras with renowned conductors like Valery Gergiev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Petri Sakari.
In 2017 she became the II principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played as a guest principal cello in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Rummukainen is one of the artistic directors of ”Kamarikesä” festival together with Johannes Piirto, Kasmir Uusitupa, Tami Pohjola and Riina Piirilä.
Senja Rummukainen is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Before that she has studied with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Young-Chang Cho at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy and Taru Aarnio and Allar Kaasik at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Senja has participated masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher.
Her instrument is a cello by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.
Suomalainen sellisti Senja Rummukainen nousi suuren yleisön tietoisuuteen vuonna 2019, kun hänet palkittiin kansainvälisessä Tšaikovski-kilpailussa kuudennella palkinnolla. Muutamaa vuotta aiemmin hän voitti myös ensimmäisen palkinnon Turun XII sellokilpailussa sekä oli yksi kolmesta finalistista Guilhermina Suggia Prize -kilpailussa Portugalissa.
Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. After receiving early tuition from his father Ingemar, Andreas made his soloist debut at the age of 14 in a performance of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen. Today, Andreas is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.
Highlights of recent orchestra engagements includes appearances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Yomiyuri Nippon Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as all the major orchestras in the Nordic countries. He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andrew Manze, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Robin Ticciati, and Heinrich Schiff.
In season 2018/19 Andreas Brantelid performs with the Sydney Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Royal Danish, Bilkent Symphony, Artic Philharmonic, and the Norbotten Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he embarks on a large recital tour with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid and Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland. Solo recitals will lead him to Bruges and Kristianstad. The 2017/2018 season saw his debuts as a soloist with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, and the Iceland Philharmonic, as well as an extensive China tour together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2017. Chamber music performances brought him to the Beethovenfest Bonn, the BOZAR in Brussels, Bergen Festival, and BR Klassik radio in Munich among other things performing all cello sonatas by Beethoven with Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Among the musicians who inspired and strongly influenced Andreas are pianist Bengt Forsberg and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, both of whom Andreas has played with since 2002 in different chamber music formats. Andreas has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power and Paul Badura-Skoda. Recently he has formed a trio with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid and Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Andreas Brantelid has appeared in venues such as Dortmund Konzerthaus, where he has been a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist, New York (Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Zurich (Tonhalle), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Barcelona (Palau de la Música), Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Tokyo (Metropolitan Theatre). He also performs at festivals including Verbier, Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Bergen, Risør, Kuhmo, and Wiener Festwochen, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
His debut disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns cello concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008, followed by a disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata (2010), and an Encore disc (2012). A recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Grieg was released by BIS in March 2015. Gabriel Fauré’s complete works for cello and piano appeared as a BIS recording in 2017.
Andreas won first prizes in the 2006 Eurovison Young Musicians Competion, the 2007 International Paulo Cello Competition and, in subsequent years, received music awards and fewllowships including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008, the BBC’s New Generation Artist 2008-2011, The Europan Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star” tour in the 2008/09 season. In 2015 he received the Carl Nielsen Prize in Copenhagen. In 2018 Andreas Brantelid has become Artistic Director at the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival.
Andreas plays the 1707 ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius, which has been made available to him by the generous support of Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas. Andreas Brantelid lives with his wife and four daughters in Nærum near Copenhagen.
Erica Piccotti is an Italian cellist born in 1999. She is currently pursuing her Professional Studies degree with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy for Young soloists. She graduated at 14 years old obtaining the highest degree cum laude and honors at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. She continued her studies with Antonio Meneses at Höchschule der Künste in Bern, at Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and at Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
Highlights of her 2019-2020 season include performances at Kronberg Academy Festival, at Schloss Elmau Festival beside Mischa Maisky, Frans Helmerson and Daishin Kashimoto, at IUC in Rome with pianist Itamar Golan and at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia with Beethoven Triple Concerto, at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville.
She won first prizes in national and international competitions including “Rassegna Nazionale d’Archi di Vittorio Veneto”, “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” run by Italy’s Ministry of University and Scientific Research, earning herself the title of “Best Cellist of the Italian Conservatories”, “Premio Città di Padova”, “Jugend Musiziert” Nuremberg, “NYIAA Competition” whose victory allowed her to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, “10th International Competition Antonio Janigro” for young cellists, “Crescendo International Competition” in Florence and “Maura Giorgetti” by Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. In 2017 she won the 2nd prize at the “International Johannes Brahms Competition” in Pörtschach, Austria. Recently, she has been selected as a YCAT 2020 Finalist.
he received high recognitions such as the 2020 ICMA Award as “Young Concert Artist of the year”, in 2019 the prestigious “Honorary Diploma” by Accademia Chigiana di Siena, and she also was awarded the “Landgraf von Hessen Preis” by Kronberg Academy, “Premio Giannuzzi” as the best cellist in the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, the “Rotary Club Cremona” prize, the prize “Banca Monti dei Paschi di Siena” for young talents of the “Accademia Chigiana di Siena”, the “Inner Wheel” prize.
She was awarded the Scholarship of “De Sono Associazione per la Musica”, “Foundation Boubo-Music”, since 2017 she is supported by the “Associazione culturale Musica con le Ali”
She has appeared in prestigious festivals, such as “Janigro Festival” in Porec, “Supercello Festival” in Beijing, “Chamber music Connects the world” in Kronberg, “Verbier Festival Academy”, “Schloss Elmau Festival”, “La Musica Festival” in Sarasota, “Aurora Festival” in Vanersborg, “Al Bustan Festival” in Beirut, “Ciao Festival” in Chengdu, “Festival de Cordas e Piano” in Belo Horizonte, Festival “La lumière du Roman” in Conques, Festival “Les Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte” in Saint Tropez, “Paganini Genova Festival”, “International Cello Festival Alfredo Piatti” in Bergamo, “Rome Chamber Music Festival”, “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Chigiana International Festival” in Siena and “IUC” in Rome.
She has performed in some of the most important Italian theaters such as Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Il Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, il Teatro Ristori di Verona, il Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza. Abroad she has appeared at Konzerthaus Berlin, at Carnegie Hall in New York and in many other countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, France, England, Croatia, Lebanon, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, China.
As soloist she has played with “Zagreb Soloists”, “La Verdi” in Milan, “I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra”, “Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra”, “Orchestra della Toscana”, “Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra”, “Serbian National Theater Orchestra of Novi Sad”, “Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra Debrecen”, “Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado del Mèxico”.
She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, Sir András Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Antonio Meneses, Mario Brunello, Augustin Dumay, Louis Lortie, Miguel Da Silva, Massimo Quarta, Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Julius Berger, Andrea Lucchesini, Robert McDuffie.
On 8th March 2013, the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano has awarded her the Certificate of Honor “Alfiere della Repubblica” for outstanding achievements in music obtained at a very young age.
She plays on a cello G.B. Genova, Turin 1760. On loan from MusicMasterpieces DA, Lugano, “Adopt a Musician” project.
In 2018 she recorded her debut CD for the label Warner Classic playing with pianist Itamar Golan.