Praised for her innate musicianship and captivating stage presence, British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin Philharmonie and more/
Ariana was awarded the first prize at the 2019 Luigi Nono chamber music competition in Turin, Italy, with her pianist and duo partner Maksim Stsura. She is also a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Talent Unlimited Artist and the winner of Making Music’s ‘Awards for Young Musicians’ (AYCA). Ariana is also also a City Music Foundation Artist as well as a top prize winner in the International Rubinstein cello Competition held in Berlin, a finalist in the Pierre Fournier Award which took place at the Wigmore Hall in London and a ‘Villa Musica’ scholarship recipient where she was also awarded the loan of a fine Gagliano cello.
Ariana received the prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’ for instrumental studies abroad from the Royal Philharmonic Society which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with professor Claudio Bohorquez. In Berlin she was chosen on two separate occasions to perform in the prestigious ‘Excellence Concerts’ for exceptional students and graduated with the highest possible mark for her final recital. After completing her masters, Ariana was hand picked by Maestro Barenboim to study at the prestigious Barenboim- Said Akademie where she received an artist diploma under the guidance of Frans Helmerson.
She began her studies with Robert Max at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of music where she won all available prizes and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps as an Amaryllis Scholar. At the College she won the ‘Anna Shuttleworth’ cello prize in her first year and was named an ‘RCM rising star’ after performing Prokofiev concertino with the RCM symphony orchestra.
Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune’ performing a selection of works including excerpts from Poulenc’s Cello sonata and a premiere of a new solo cello work by British composer Deborah Pritchard which was written and dedicated to her. As an orchestral player, Ariana has worked with the London Symphony and has been invited on several tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Ariana frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras across Europe: this season included performances with the Southgate Symphony orchestra, the Janus ensemble, the Narva Symphony orchestra in Narva, Estonia, the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and the North London Symphony Orchestra.
Ariana has also received invaluable guidance over the years from Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman
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