"Kadesha has something of the appearance of a mad professor, and the energetic playing style of a paganini ”

Western Mail, Peter Collins / 8.9.18

Over the last year Jonian has made his debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Royal Philharmonic, New Russian State Symphony (conducted by Yuri Bashmet), Albanian Radio and Coburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

He performed widely throughout Europe appearing at Wigmore Hall, Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, the Louvre in Paris, Resonances Festival in Belgium, the Boswiler Sommer and Mantua Chamber Music Festivals collaborating with Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Martha Argerich, Thomas Demenga and Gábor Takács-Nagy, among many others.  In 2019 he recorded his second CD for Cavi Music in collaboration with Deutchland Radio and took part in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove.

This season Jonian makes his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Kronberg Festival and with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra at Megaron Hall.  He returns to Wigmore Hall, performs Beethoven’s Concerto with the Roman River Festival Orchestra, and takes part in the Schubertiade (Hohenems), Boswiler Sommer, Lockenhaus and Molyvos Festivals.  As a member of the prize-winning Trio Gaspard he continues to give concerts at major festivals and venues in Europe and the USA.

Jonian has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Moliere Lyon, Salle Garnier Montecarlo, Goldener Saal Augsburg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich, Heidelberger-Frühling, Musikdorf-Ernen and Hitzacker Festivals. Solo appearances include Munich Radio, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, Greek Radio and  Thessaloniki State Orchestras.

He has collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto, among many others, and taken part in Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World Festival and the Verbier Academy Festival.

Born in Athens, of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas.  He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2018.

Jonian was taught by Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin and undertook chamber music studies with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and the European Chamber Music Academy.  He has won top prizes at the 2015 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, 2017 Windsor International and 2013 Leopold Mozart Violin Competitions, and participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz.

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

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©Jonian Ilias Kadesha