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Jonian Ilias Kadesha

“And then there is this musician: Jonian Ilias Kadesha. Between you and me, one of the best violinists I’ve heard in recent years. Hommage à J.S.B., that’s the name of the album, without orchestra, without piano, just Kadesha and his violin […]. Kadesha’s interpretation is one sounding contradiction: vulnerable and strong, flexible and resigned, melancholic and with a diabolical mischievousness in his neck”

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is a Renaissance musician in the diversity and creativity of his intellectual interests and music-making. His studies in philosophy and rhetoric influence the stylistic accuracy of his interpretations, whether of early or contemporary music, and his rich imagination is clear both in the sound worlds he creates and the projects he curates as soloist, player–director and chamber musician.

As a soloist he has performed throughout Europe, including with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Sir András Schiff, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Jonathan Bloxham, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Ryan Bancroft and Slovenian Philharmonic conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov. He has given recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Louvre, Berlin Philharmonie and Salle Moliere Lyon.

Kadesha is a committed chamber musician, collaborating with renowned musicians such as Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Nicolas Altstaedt and Antje Weithaas. He is co-founder of the award-winning Trio Gaspard, which regularly appears at festivals and venues around the world. He is also a member of the Kelemen Quartet.

He is increasingly in demand with leading chamber orchestras as play/director and has worked with the Netherlands, Irish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Aurora Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and London Mozart Players. His approach to the classical orchestral canon is informed by his chamber music playing and he often improvises his own cadenzas and ornamentation.

Kadesha’s curiosity for repertoire is wide-ranging as demonstrated by recordings he has made for Linn Records to which he signed in 2021. His debut solo album featured Bach’s Partita in D minor alongside the premiere commercial recording of Helena Winkelman’s Ciaccona and works by Biber, Schnittke, Kurtág and Auerbach. His follow-up recording will be released in 2024 and includes the premiere recording of Giovanni Sollima’s violin concerto TYCHE with CHAARTS Chamber Artists. With pianist Nicholas Rimmer he recorded works by Enescu, Ravel and Skalkottas for Cavi Music and with cellist Vashti Hunter he recorded a disc of violin and cello repertoire in collaboration with Deutschland Radio.

In 2017 Kadesha founded and assumed the role of Artistic Director of the Caerus Chamber Ensemble, a flexible chamber ensemble made up of outstanding instrumentalists from the young generation of European musicians.

Born in Athens of Albanian and Greek heritage, Kadesha studied from a young age at Musikhochschule Wurzburg, followed by Kronberg Academy, where he completed his Masters in 2020. He has studied with Antje Weithaas, Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin. He studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and has taken part in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Kaupo Kikkas | Quote: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, July 8th 2022
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New album by the Trio Gaspard: Vol. 3 of the Haydn project

10 May 2024

The new album by the Trio Gaspard is being released today on Chandos. Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Vashti Hunter and Nicholas Rimmer are now presenting the third instalment in […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha at the Thüringer Bachwochen

2 April 2024

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is playing two concerts at the Thüringer Bachwochen this week. Tomorrow he will perform at the Bachhaus Eisenach and on Thursday at the Michaeliskirche Erfurt. […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha’s New Album ‘Suite Italienne’

9 February 2024

Jonian Ilias Kadesha’s new album Suite Italienne is being released today by Linn Records. Together with the Swiss CHAARTS Chamber Artists, he has recorded Stravinsky’s eponymous work from […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha performing with Hofer Symphoniker

18 January 2024

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is in Hof as of today to play a concert with the Hofer Symphoniker tomorrow. Under the direction of Martin Ranja, he will perform Mozart’s […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with Chaarts in Bavaria

25 October 2023

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and the Chaarts Chamber Artists will play two concerts in Bavaria these days. In Pullach near Munich and Bayreuth in Upper Franconia, they will present […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with the MDR Symphony Orchestra

23 August 2023

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is currently visiting the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig. Under the direction of Martijn Dendievel, he and the musicians will present Simon Lak’s Poème pour violon […] more ...

Trio Gaspard at the Elbphilharmonie

17 August 2023

This weekend, the Trio Gaspard will play a concert in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie. As part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Vashti Hunter and Nicholas […] more ...

New album series by the Trio Gaspards

23 June 2023

Today sees the release of the first album in a series of recordings on which the Trio Gaspard has drawn inspiration from various cities. Berlin Stories thus features […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra

2 May 2023

Jonian Ilias Kadesha will spend the upcoming weekend with the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Under the direction of Johannes Klumpp he will interpret Beethoven’s Violin Concerto op. 61 in […] more ...

Welcome Trio Gaspard!

21 February 2023

We are pleased to welcome Trio Gaspard, which includes Jonian Ilias Kadesha, whom we have represented for some time, as well as Vashti Hunter on cello and Nicholas […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha: Orchestra Concert in Freiburg and Recital Tour with Herbert Schuch

20 January 2023

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is involved in two exciting projects in the next five days: Together with Herbert Schuch he is starting a recital tour through the south of […] more ...

Trio Gaspard – Haydn Vol. 2

17 January 2023

Today, the Trio Gaspard is releasing their second edition of Haydn’s complete piano trios with Chandos. As well as with the first record, Haydn’s works (this time trios […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach

4 November 2022

After the great concert yesterday, there is another opportunity to enjoy Jonian Ilias Kadesha at the Landestheater Eisenach tonight at 8 pm. Conducted by Markus Huber, he plays […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha at Beethovenfest Bonn

15 September 2022

Jonian Ilias Kadesha will be performing with the British Aurora Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn tomorrow evening. The exciting concert, in which he will play solo violin as […] more ...

Trio Gaspard – craving for Haydn

15 July 2022

Since their foundation in 2010, Haydn has always been a landmark composer for Trio Gaspard. Today, the first CD of the complete recording of his piano trios is […] more ...

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: Selected Programs Play/Conduct

10 June 2024

“Just when you think it can’t be more colourful or charismatic, Kadesha brings more joy, more physicality that is somehow simultaneously slapdash and highly finessed.” (Grammophone, 2024)   […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – Duo Recital Program

3 June 2024

“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   N0. […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with CHAARTS Chamber Artists

2 June 2024

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

Jonian Ilias Kadesha with Vashti Hunter

30 May 2024

Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello     A journey for two J. S. Bach 15 Two part interventions BWV 772-776 (Selection) Xenakis Dhipli Zyia […] more ...

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – solo programs

29 May 2024

“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   Hommage […] more ...

Trio Gaspard “Stories”

20 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   In addition to the complete recording of all Haydn trios, the travel-loving Trio Gaspard […] more ...

Trio Gaspard 25/26

19 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   Program 1 Haydn Trio in F minor Hob. XV:f1 or Haydn Trio in E […] more ...

Trio Gaspard 24/25

18 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   Program 1 Haydn Piano trio tba 12′ H. Winkelmann Threesome in a high-den (Trio […] more ...

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Suite Italienne: Vivaldi, Sollima & Stravinsky
Vivaldi: Violin concerto in D major RV 208 Il Grosso Mogul
Sollima: Concerto for violin, strings and percussion Tyche
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne

Partners: CHAARTS Chamber Artists
Linn Records CKD 742 (2024)

Haydn, The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 3
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 19 F major, Hob. XV:6
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 43 C major, Hob. XV:27
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 25 E minor, Hob. XV:12
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 12 E-flat major, Hob. XV:36
Kit Armstrong: Revêtements

Partners: Nicholas Rimmer (piano), Vashti Hunter (violoncello)
Chandos Records CHAN 20279 (2024)

Trio Gaspard – Berlin Stories
F. Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2 op. 66
Paul Juon: Litaniae op. 70
Nikos Skalkottas: Eight variations on a greek folk tune

Partners: Nicholas Rimmer (piano), Vashti Hunter (violoncello)
Chandos Records CHAN 20271 (2023)

Trio Gaspard – Haydn, The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 2
Haydn: Piano trio No. 7 G major, Hob. XV: 41
Haydn: Piano trio No. 21  B flat major, Hob. XV: 8
Haydn: Piano trio No. 33 G minor, Hob XV: 19
Haydn: Piano trio No. 35 C major, Hob. XV: 21
Haydn: Piano trio No. 45 E-flat major, Hob. XV:29
Leonin Gorokhov: For Gaspard

Partners: Nicholas Rimmer (piano), Vashti Hunter (violoncello)
Chandos Records CHAN 20270 (2023)

Hommage à J. S. B.
György Kurtág: Hommage a J. S. B; Perpetuum mobile a-c; Nepdafele; …feerie d’automne…
J. S. Bach: Partite No. 2 D minor BWV 1004
Helena Winkelman: Ciaccona 
A. Schnittke: Fugue
Lera Auerbach: Lonely suite op. 70 Ballet for a Lonely Violinist
H. I. F. Biber: Passacaglia g-moll

Linn Records CKD 676 (2022)

Trio Gaspard – Haydn, the complete Piano Trios, Vol. 1
Haydn: Piano trio No. 32 in A major op. 70 No. 1, Hob. XV: 18
Haydn: Piano trio No. 38 in D major op. 73 No. 1, Hob. XV: 24
Haydn: Piano trio No. 40 in F-sharp minor op. 73 No. 3, Hob XV: 26
Haydn: Piano trio No. 23 in E-flat major op. 422 No. 3, Hob. XV: 10
Haydn: Piano trio No. 20 in D major op. 40 No. 2, Hob. XV: 7
Johannes Fischer: One Bar Wonder

Partners: Nicholas Rimmer (piano), Vashti Hunter (violoncello)
Chandos Records CHAN 20244 (2022)

A Journey for two
Iannis Xenakis: Dhipli Zyia, for violin and violoncello
Zoltán Kodály: Duo for violoncello and violin, op. 7
Arthur Honegger: Sonatina for violin and violoncello, H. 80
Nikos Skalkottas: Duo for violin and violoncello

Partners: 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 & narrator
Schubert: Piano trio E flat major D. 929

Partners: Nicholas Rimmer (piano), Vashti Hunter (violoncello)
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)

‘Suite Italienne’ with CHAARTS Chamber Artists – Album Trailer

Beethoven: Romance No. 2 op. 50 with András Schiff & Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Jonian Ilias Kadesha on his Album “Hommage à J. S. B.”

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – a portait

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

Bach: Violin concerto E major BWV 1042 with CHAARTS Chamber Artists

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

Mozart: Sonata G major K 301 – Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Nicholas Rimmer

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

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

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

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