Vashti Hunter, Cello

"Her performance tugged at the audience's heart-strings"
Aurora Music Festival, Sweden 2012

'"Her musical fantasy never seems to end....she reminds me- and not only me- often of the late Jacqueline Du Pré" 
Hatto Beyerle, 2015

In May 2012, Vashti Hunter became the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65 year history. She won her Laureate title playing the Dvorak cello concerto, conducted by Koji Kawamoto with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra in Dvorak Hall, Rudolfnium, Prague. Vashti has performed in other prestigious halls throughout Europe, including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, St.John’s Smith Square, London, Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, National House of Vinohrady in Prague and the Salle Moliere in Lyon. She has played concertos with, among others, the Pilsen Philharmonic in Czech Republic; Filharmonica Brasov, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Orchestra in Romania; the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Braunschweig Dom Sinfonie Orchester, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pfortsheim in Germany; the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia in England.

Vashti's performances have been recorded for SWR (German South West Radio) , NDR (North German Radio), ORF (Austrian Radio) and on KBS ‘Classical Odyssey’ (Korean radio and television).Much in demand as both soloist and chamber musician, she has been invited as soloist to festivals such as PODIUM festival Esslingen, DAVOS Festival Switzerland, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music UK, Serbia Cello Fest, Amsterdam Cello Bienaale, Encuentro de Musica y Academia Santander and Aurora Festival Sweden.

An avid chamber music player, Vashti has collaborated with eminent artists such as the ‘Quartetto di Cremona’, members of the Szymanowski Quartet, Pekka Kuusisto, Terje Tonnesen, Antje Weithaas, Radovan Vladkovich, Alekander Madzar, Bengt Forsberg and the Hermitage String Trio. As a founding member of Trio Gaspard, she studies with the renowned professor and previous member of the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, who has called them ‘The best Piano Trio I have ever had or heard’. The ensemble has numerous prizes in international competitions. The trio won 1st prize at the 5th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in March 2012 . They were also awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Haydn. In November 2012 they were awarded 1st Prize and special prize at the 6th International ‘Joseph Joachim’ Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. Furthermore, they were awarded 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Ilzach France. Vashti has benefitted from having solo masterclasses with Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Alexander Rudin, Arto Noras and Torleif Thedeen. She has also had the fortune to learn from Ferenc Rados, Petr Nagy, Johannes Meissl(Artis Quartet), Gerrit Zitterbart(Trio Abegg), Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Peter Cropper(Lindsay Quartet).

An experienced orchestral player, she is a member of Camerata Nordica, one of Scandanavia's leading chamber orchestras, and has recently been invited as guest solo cellist of the Olso Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. She has also performed with the Potsdam Kammerakadamie, London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra in the UK and abroad.

Vashti recently graduated with top marks on the prestigious ‘Konzertexamen’ solo course with Leonid Gorokhov at the Musikhochschule in Hannover, where she was supported by generous awards from the Leverhulme Trust and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She is currently based in Berlin, where she is mentored by Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt.