"To regard him simply as a huge talent is not enough: there is an element of pure genius in this young man" - Süddeutsche Zeitung 2017.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha holding violin Over the last year Jonian has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Sir András Schiff at the Kronberg Festival, the Athens State Symphony at Megaron Hall and Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Tivoli Hall.  

He gave a recital at Wigmore Hall and made his debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin as soloist and artistic director of the Caerus Kammerensemble.

Festival appearances included the Resonances (Belgium), Lockenhaus (Switzerland) and Schubertiade (Austria), collaborating with Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Antje Weithaas and Denes Varjon, among many others.

This season Jonian performs Shostakovich’s Concerto No.2 with the Athens State Symphony, and appears as soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Meininger Hofkapelle. He collaborates with Steven Isserlis at LSO St. Lukes (broadcast by Radio 3), returns to Wigmore Hall with Trio Gaspard, and will be Artist in Residence at the Boswiler Sommer Festival.

Jonian has performed widely in Europe including the Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, the Louvre in Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Moliere Lyon, Goldener Saal Augsburg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich, Heidelberger-Frühling, Musikdorf-Ernen, Hitzacker and Mantua Chamber Music Festivals. He has taken part in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, Chamber Music Connects the World at Kronberg Academy and the Verbier Academy Festival.

Solo highlights include appearances with Munich Radio, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, RTE Concert Orchestra, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, Albanian Radio, New Russian State Symphony, Greek Radio and Thessaloniki State Orchestras.  

In 2017 Jonian’s first CD with pianist Nicholas Rimmer was released by Cavi Music to critical acclaim. He went on to record a second CD with cellist Vashti Hunter, in collaboration with Deutchland Radio, due for release on Avi-music this summer.

Born in Athens, of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas. In 2018 he was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall.  

His previous teachers include Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin. He studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and at the European Chamber Music Academy, and has taken part in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz. Awards include top prizes at the 2015 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, 2017 Windsor International and 2013 Leopold Mozart Violin Competitions.  

Jonian plays on Nicola Gagliano violin (18th century), kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.

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Press reviews

Jonian Ilias Kadesha’s electrifying performance in this concert clearly inspired the Nidum Ensemble….he is wonderful to watch and even better to listen to.

Western Mail / Cowbridge Music Festival / September 2018

To regard him simply as a huge talent is not enough: there is an element of pure genius in this young man.

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Harald Eggebrecht / July 2017


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