Biography

"A very, very rare talent..." Salvatore Accardo

Born in Athens in 1992, the Albanian-Greek violinist Jonian-Ilias Kadesha is already considered as one of the most gifted and versatile musicians of his generation, both as a soloist and chamber musician, praised for his artistic individuality, intensity and fresh approach to the score.

Protege of the legendary violinist Salvatore Accardo, Jonian gave his european debut at the age of 12, playing Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra della Toscana under Giampaolo Bisanti. Since then he has performed with orchestras such as the Munich Radio Orchestra, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, Greek Radio Orchestra and Thessaloniki State Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Bruno Weil, Nicolas Pasquet, Alberto Lysi, Johannes Klump, Steve Lloyd Gonzalez, Michalis Economou and Christopher Franklin.

Over the past few years, Jonian has won prizes at numerous international Solo and Chamber music competitions including the Leopold Mozart Violin Competition, Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, Haydn Chamber Music Competition and most recently at the Windsor International String Competition. Recitals and concertos have led him to venues such as the Megaron Hall Athens, Wigmore Hall London, Salle Moliere Lyon, Salle Garnier Montecarlo, Goldener Saal Augsburg and Teatro Verdi in Firenze.

Jonian studied violin with Grigori Zhislin in Germany and with Salvatore Accardo in Italy as well as chamber music with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). Further great musical figures such as Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz have shaped his musical personality. He currently lives in Berlin and studies with Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.

A keen chamber musician, Jonian has also collaborated with distinguished artists like Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Patrick Demenga, Vilde Frang, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuussisto and Kim Kashkashian and is frequently invited by well-known festivals such as Progetto Martha Argerich, Lockenhaus Festival, "Chamber Music Connects the World'' Kronberg, Boswiler Sommer, Mantua Chamber Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele, Hitzacker Festival, Ludwigsburger Festspiele and Heidelberger Frühling.

In 2010, Jonian co-founded the Trio Gaspard together with British cellist Vashti Hunter and German pianist Nicholas Rimmer. The critically acclaimed piano trio is winnner of both Haydn and Joachim prestigious chamber music competitions and performs regularly in Italy, Germany, Austria, France, the UK and China.

His performances have frequently been recorded and broadcasted internationally by BBC, SWR, Deutschlandradio, Bayerischer Rundfunk and RAI. In April 2017, Jonian has released his debut CD with pianist Nicholas Rimmer for CAvi label in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur, featuring works by Maurice Ravel, Georges Enescu and Nikos Skalkottas.

Since 2014, Jonian plays on a Nicola Gagliano from 18th century, kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg. He also owes a copy of the Guarneri del Gesu 1733, built by Svetozar Bogdanoski (Veles 2006), generously sponsored by the Costopoulos Cultural Foundation in Athens.