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Anastasia Kobekina

Anastasia KobekinaAnastasia Kobekina was born on August 26th, 1994 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She was given her first cello lesson at the age of four.

In 2006 she was admitted to Olga Galochkina's class at the Moscow Conservatory. Again in 2008 she was a finalist in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. In 2010 she was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize following a masterclass with David Geringas in Kronberg.

In 2012 she was awarded the two-year Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship at Kronberg Academy's Cello Masterclasses and receives a scholarship by the "Freunde Junger Musiker Berlin".

She has performed in the leading concert halls in Moscow, Berlin, Vienna and Brussels as well as in Tel Aviv, where she was Russia's musical representative at the opening of the Russian Cultural Centre.

As a soloist she has played with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia.

Anastasia Kobekina has participated in festivals such as Moscow Meets Friends, Rising Stars in Kremlin and the Alzenau music festival.

This beautiful young soloist plays a modern instrument made by Stephan von Baehr in 2012.

Anastasia KobekinaIn 2011 and 2013 Anastasia Kobekina participated in Kronberg Academy's Festival, in 2010 and in 2012 in the Cello Masterclasses and in 2012 in Chamber Music Connects the World.

Since 2012 she has been studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. These studies are funded by the Steigenberger/Rath Stipendium. She was semifinalist of the Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in 2015.

Anastasia was born in Yekaterinburg to a family of musicians. At the age of four she began to play the cello, graduating with distinction in 2012 from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Following the completion of her studies at the Central Music School in Moscow she was invited to study at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. She continued her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts in the class conducted by Jens Peter Maintz.

She is currently studying at the Conservatoire de Paris (class of Jérôme Pernoo) and at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (class of Kristin von der Goltz).

In September 2015 she won 1st prize at the TONALi competition in Hamburg and, as a competition prize-winner, she was given the opportunity to perform an instrument crafted by Giovanni Guadagnini back in 1740. In 2019 she won the 3rd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Anastasia KobekinaAnastasia has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.

She has taken part in the festivals Crescendo, Stars on Baikal, Vladimir Spivakov Invites and festivals in Colmar and Annecy, France.

One of young cellist’s main dedications and passions is chamber music - She has performed chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Yury Bashmet, Giovanni Sollima, Denis Matsuev, Fazil Say, Vladimir Spivakov and András Schiff.

In 2018 she was awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann at the festival Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, a reward that comprises a recording with orchestra for the Swiss recording label Claves - it was released in April 2019.

Her engagements for the 2019–20 season include a debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, participation in the Chamber Music Week of the Verbier Festival and a concert tour with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

In her homeland, the young cellist already attracted attention with first prizes at international competitions such as the "Nutcracker" television competition in 2007 or the "New Names" competition in Moscow in 2008.

Anastasia KobekinaIn 2008 she was a finalist in the Vienna competition Eurovision Young Musicians. In 2010, after a master class with David Geringas, she received the Landgrave of Hesse Award in Kronberg .

In 2012 she was awarded the two-year Boris Pergamenschikow scholarship at the Kronberg Academy cello master classes awarded. She also received a scholarship from the Friends of Young Musicians Berlin.

In 2015 Anastasia Kobekina won first prize at the Tonali music competition in Hamburg. In 2019 she was the third prizewinner at the 16th International Tchaikowsky Competition.

As a soloist, she has already given concerts with renowned orchestras such as the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under Valeri Gergiev, the Kremerata Baltica, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Moscow Virtuosos or the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow.

The young cellist is a graduate of the Verbier Festival Academy in 2012 and today is a regular guest at international festivals such as: the "Verbier Festival on Tour" in 2015, the chamber music festival "Tensions" in 2013/14, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival in 2015/16, "Moscow Meets Friends" in 2008 - 2012 or the "International Chamber Music Festival ”in Zagreb in 2012.

Anastasia Kobekina's chamber music partners include Mischa Maisky, Nicholas Altstaedt, András Schiff, Gidon Kremer and Steven Isserlis. The cellist often plays a modern instrument by Stephan von Baehr from 2012, which is made available to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Anastasia KobekinaIn 2011, 2013 and 2015, Anastasia Kobekina participated in the Kronberg Academy Festival , in 2010 and 2012 in the cello master classes and in 2012 in Chamber Music Connects the World .

From 2012 to 2016 she studied at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. The degree was made possible by the Klaus Martin Rath grant.

Being one of the most promising talents of her generation, Anastasia Kobekina debuted with an orchestra at the age of six. Since that time she has had the opportunity to perform with many renowned orchestras.

In June 2019 Anastasia won the Bronze medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg. In 2018 she became a New Generation Artist of the BBC 3 Radio Scheme.

She was also awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann at the Swiss Winter Music Festival “Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad”, a reward that comprises a recording with orchestra for the Swiss recording label Claves - which was released in April 2019.

In the upcoming season 2019-2020 she was to debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, participate in the chamber music week of Verbier Festival in Elmau, and go on concert tour with the Konzerthaus orchestra Berlin. Much has changed in the world since advance plans were made for the season and many have been canceled.

Anastasia KobekinaOne of young cellist’s main dedications and passions is chamber music - she has been participating in many festivals performing with artists, such as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Giovanni Sollima, Denis Matsuev, Fazil Say, Vladimir Spivakov, and Andras Schiff.

Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina is a highly recognized face and multiple prize winner at international competitions.

In 2016 she won the 2nd prize at the prestigious George Enescu Competition in Budapest. In the same year, she has been awarded the soloist prize of the season by the renowned German Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern.

In 2015 Anastasia Kobekina won the 1st prize at Germany’s most important International Youth Competition “Tonali15 Music Competition” in Hamburg. As a result of this winning place Anastasia earned €10.000 prize money and a violoncello made by Guadagnini for the next three years.

Anastasia currently is playing a cello made by Guadagnini. Additionally, she is playing on a cello by Stephan de Baer on a loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and a scholarship by Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund.

As a soloist Anastasia has played with Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and at venues worldwide including New York’s Lincoln Center and Avery Fisher Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Zurich Tonhalle and the Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg.

Anastasia KobekinaOn the BBC in early March Kobekina played on an afternoon’s live BBC Radio 3 broadcast with BBC Philharmonic Chief Conductor Omer Meir Wellber. They perofmed an Elgar classic and two pieces from German-born Israeli composer Ben-Haim.

Completed in 1945, the day’s performance of Pastorale Variée for Clarinet, Harp, and String Orchestra saw BBC Philharmonic Principal Clarinet John Bradbury as soloist. A blend of Hebrew, Western European and Arabic musical traditions, its principal theme takes inspiration from a shepherd’s tune and ends in peace and tranquillity.

Continuing the theme, we also hear Pan, a symphonic poem that takes its name from the Ancient Greek God of nature, pasturelands, shepherds and flocks.

Nestled between, current BBC New Generation Artist Anastasia Kobekina joins the orchestra for the most treasured cello concerto of all. Intimate, nostalgic and passionate, it’s Elgar’s memorial for a world changed beyond measure by the Great War and has a warm place in the hearts of all who hear it.

With the climate of the Corona Virus pandemic hanging over everyone it seemed an approprite piece for the performance.

When asked how were her first days of the unexpected vacation due to Corona Virus isolation procedures Anastasia responded like many were feeling? ⠀ "Honestly, I didn’t do much these days - should I feel bad about being not productive?

For a young woman who has accomplished so much in her life at such a young age I think we'd all say it was nothing for her to feel bad about at all. ⠀

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