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Jonian Ilias Kadesha

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

Jonian Ilias Kadesha has Greek-Albanian roots and lives in Berlin. The young musician not only speaks Greek, Albanian, German and English but also has a keen interest in philosophy and rhetoric.

His playing is characterized by stylistic accuracy in the interpretation of early to contemporary works, and in the exactness of his articulation. With boundless imagination of sound, Kadesha is always in search of something new.
He is a prizewinner of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb (2015), Windsor International (2017) and the Leopold Mozart Violin Competitions (2013).

The young violinist recently made his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Tivoli Copenhagen, with the RTÉ Orchestra at the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Russian State Orchestra under Yuri Bashmet and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Sir András Schiff at the Kronberg Festival, the London Mozart Players and the Philharmonic Orchestra of North Macedonia. He made his debut with the Athens State Orchestra in Autumn 2019 performing the Skalkottas Violin Concerto, whose Small Suites he recorded for CAvi-music, along with works by Enescu and Ravel in 2017. Together with the cellist Vashti Hunter and in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, he recorded the CD A Journey for Two with works by Honegger, Skalkottas, Xenakis and Kodály, which was also released by CAvi-music in the summer of 2020. 2021 Kadesha was signed by Linn Records and for 2022 the release of his album with Bach Partiata D minor, a world premiere by Helena Winkelmann’s Ciaccona as well as works by Biber, Schnittke, Kurtág and Auerbach are planned.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha already appears in the most important concert halls and at well-known festivals across Europe. In summer 2020, he opened the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin after months of Covid-19-related concert silence. Other significant appearances have led him to the Wigmore Hall London, Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent, Louvre Paris, Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Molière Lyon, Salle Garnier Montecarlo, and the Golden Hall Augsburg as well as the Schubertiade, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Boswiler Sommer, Mantua Chamber Music Festival, the Kammermusikfestival Lockenhaus or the Resonances Festival in Belgium, among others.

Chamber music connects him with renowned musicians such as Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto. He was also heard at the Kronberg Chamber Music Connects the World and the Verbier Academy Festival. He is co-founder of the award-winning Trio Gaspard, which regularly appears at festivals and in the music centers of Europe and the USA. The joint recording Trio Gaspard – Live in Berlin, with works by Haydn, Zimmermann and Schubert, was recently released on CAvi-music. Together with cellist Florian Schmidt-Bartha, Kadesha founded the Caerus Chamber Ensemble in 2017, a flexible chamber ensemble made up of outstanding instrumentalists from the young generation of European musicians. He is also member of the famous Kelemen Quartett.

Kadesha studied with Antje Weithaas at the Kronberg Academy. His previous teachers included Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin. He studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and at the European Chamber Music Academy. Masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz complete his studies. Between 2018-2021 Kadesha was supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust in the United Kingdom.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1749), on private loan.

Season 2021/2022 | Photo: Kaupo Kikkas | Quote: Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 21 2017.
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Jonian Ilias Kadesha’s new Album “Hommage à J. S. B.” is out now!

14 June 2022

On 10th June, Jonian Ilias Kadesha’s solo debut album was released on Linn Records, with a programme covering a whole five centuries. A smartly chosen combination of works […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and Beethoven‘s Violin Concerto

24 February 2021

Jonian Ilias Kadesha was in the United Kingdom last week for a concert with the London Mozart Players in St. Martin in the fields. The video of the […] more ...

New Duo-CD with Jonian Ilias Kadesha

24 July 2020

Jonian Ilisa Kadesha (violin) and Vashti Hunter (cello) have recorded works by Xenakis, Kodály, Honegger and Skalkottas. As of last week, their first duo CD “A Journey for […] more ...

Welcome Jonian Ilias Kadesha!

10 February 2020

As of the beginning of 2020, a new musician will enrich our artist roster: violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha. With his creative and imaginative playing, he’s not only convinced […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with CHAARTS Chamber Artists

17 May 2022

Having played numerous concerts together, Jonian Ilias Kadesha and CHAARTS will not only record the following programme – except Bach’s respectively Mendelssohns’s Violin Concerto – but also present […] more ...

Trio Gaspard

6 May 2020

Vashti Hunter | Violoncello Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Refreshingly honest, true to style and rich in color, with transparency and good agogics. This […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with Vashti Hunter

4 May 2020

Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello Programs: A journey for two Honegger        Sonatina for violin and cello, H. 80 Skalkottas       Duo for violin […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – solo programs

5 December 2019

“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   Ballett […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – duo recital program

5 December 2019

“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   Nr. […] more ...

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M. Arnold
Concerto for 2 violins and string orchestra op. 77

Violin concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Violin concerto in E major BWV 1042
Double concerto for 2 violins D minor BWV 1043
Double concerto for violin and oboe C minor BWV 1060

Violin concerto no. 1 Sz. 36 BB 48a
Rhapsodie no. 1 for violin and orchestra Sz. 87

Violin concerto D major op. 35a

Violin concerto D major op. 61
Romanze no. 1 G major op. 40
Romanze no. 2 F major op. 50

Violin concerto no. 1 D minor op. 26

G. Enescu
Rhapsodie Roumaine no. 1 op. 11 (arr. for violin and strings by C. Lolea)

A. Glasunow    
Violin concerto A minor op. 82

K. A. Hartmann          
„Concerto Funebre“ for violin and string orchestra

E. Lalo         
Symphonie Espagnole op. 21

B. Martinů 
Violin concerto no. 2 G minor H. 293

Concerto in D minor for violin and strings
Violin concerto E minor op. 64

Violin concerto no. 2 D major K 211
Violin concerto no. 3 G major K 216
Violin concerto no. 4 D major K 218
Violin concerto no. 5 A major K 219

Violin concerto no. 1 D major op. 6
„Le Streghe“ op. 8 variations on a theme from the ballett „ll noce di Benevento“ from F. X. Süssmayr

A. Pärt  
„Tabula Rasa“, concerto for 2 violins, prepared piano and string orchestra

„Tzigane“, Rapsodie de concert

Violin concerto D minor op. 47

P. Sarasate
„Zigeunerweisen“ for violin and orchestra op. 20
 „Carmen Phantasy“ for violin and orchestra op. 25

N. Skalkottas
Violin concerto

Violin concerto D major op. 35

The Four Seasons op. 8
Violin concerto A minor RV 356
Concerto for 2 violins and orchestra D minor RV 514

H. Wieniawski
Violin concerto no. 2 D minor op. 22
Polonaise de concert D major op. 4
Polonaise brillante A major op. 21

A Journey for two

Iannis Xenakis: Dhipli Zyia, for Violin and Cello
Zoltán Kodály: Duo for Cello and Violin, op. 7
Arthur Honegger: Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H. 80
Nikos Skalkottas: Duo for Violin and Cello

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, violin
Vashti Hunter, violoncello

CAvi-music B08CHLYWR5 (2020)

Trio Gaspard – Live in Berlin

Haydn | Zimmermann | Schubert

Haydn: Piano trio No 44 (H15: 28)
Zimmermann: Presence, Ballet Blanc for Piano trio  für & narrator
Schubert: Piano trio E flat major D. 929

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, violin
Vashti Hunter, violoncello,
Nicholas Rimmer, piano

CAvi-music B086BDVP5B (2019)

Enescu | Ravel | Skalkottas

G. Enescu: Violin sonata no. 3
Ravel: Violin sonata in G major; Tzigane
N. Skalkottas: Little suites nos. 1 & 2

Nicholas Rimmer, piano

CAvi-music B0711TTPNH (2017)

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Tapiola Sinfonietta & Ryan Bancroft play Anders Hillborg: Bach Materia

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with Anrás Schiff and Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Beethoven: Romance No.2 F major, op.50

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – a portait

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – G. Enescu: Ménétrier (from „Impressions d’enfance“)

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and CHAARTS – Bach: Violin concerto E major BWV 1042

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and Gábor Takács-Nagy with CHAARTS – Mozart: Violin concerto no. 3 G major KV 216

Trio Gaspard – Schubert: Piano trio in E-flat major, op. 100

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and Nicholas Rimmer – Mozart: Sonata G major, KV 301

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and Noam Greenberg – G. Enescu: Sonata no. 3 in A minor op. 25

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – Sibelius: Violin concerto in D minor op. 47, I. Allegro Moderato

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – Bach: Sonata no. 1 in G minor for violin solo

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