...Vor allen verkörperte Anastasia Kobekina was ein Talent der Moskauer Spivakov Stiftung auszeichnet: fabelhaftes Handwerk…..risikofreudige Musizierlust, die ebenso Spasz an Virtuosität wie am Tiefgrundigen Erfassen der Musik verrät. souverän und technisch perfekt die G-Seite ihres Instrument "bearbeite".

Born in 1994 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Anastasia received her first cello lessons when she was 4 years old. After finishing her master studies as Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Frans Helmerson, she now is continuing her studies in Berlin with J.P. Mainz.

Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina (1994) is 1st prize winner of various international competitions. Her most recent top-prize that she attained was in the invitation-only competition of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad 2018.  In September 2016, she was awarded the 2nd prize of the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest and became a semi-finalist at both the Tchaikovsky Competition 2016 in Moscow and at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 in Brussels. At the Tonali Competition 2015 in Hamburg, she was the 1st prize winner; at the Festival of Mecklenburg Vorpommern Anastasia was awarded the WEMAG soloist-prize 2016.

As young as she is, thanks to her big technical abilities and stage presence, she already performed several times as a soloist with Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra, both in Moscow and St. Petersburg, to great critical and public acclaim.

Anastasia was elected twice to join masterclasses of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy and further has been playing on many international festivals including “Moscow meets friends”, 35th Music festival in Alzenau (D), Kronberg and in Chamber Music Connects the World (2012). Anastasia‘s regular festival appearances are at venues like Annecy, Nohant, Colmar and those of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig Holstein, Tonali and Prussia Cove. 

As a soloist she plays regularly with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, the Sinfonia Varsovia (under Krzysztov Penderecki), Kremerata Baltica, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Vienna Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She performed with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet in concert halls of Moscow, Berlin, Bremen, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Zürich, Tel Aviv and New York. In The Netherlands she performed in various venues, such as in Concertgebouw and as a soloist at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale of 2014 in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

Highlights in 2015 and 2016: playing Elgar Concerto with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Mariinski Theatre/St. Petersburg in July 2016, and further concerti by Beethoven (Triple), Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovski (Rococo) with French, Portuguese, German, Czech and Russian orchestras, a recital program at Kronberg with pianist András Schiff and in Schloss Elmau with various other leading musicians.

Her chamber music partners include musicians like Lars Vogt, Guy Braunstein, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust, Fazil Say, and - in the framework of ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’ - Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer and Andras Schiff.

Anastasia is an exhibitioner of the International Charitable Foundation named after Vladimir Spivakov. She currently is allowed to play for 3 years on a Guadagnini-cello (18th Century), as a result of winning the Tonali Competition.

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