Jonian-Ilias Kadesha / Photo: Andrej Grilc

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha
*1992 in Greece

Studies with Antje Weithaas

Kronberg Academy Professional Studies

funded by the v. Metzler/Leber Stipendium

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha


At the start of his musical training, Albanian-Greek violinist Jonian-Ilias Kadesha, born in 1992 in Athens, was taught by both Grigori Zhislin and Salvatore Accardo. He later continued his violin studies with Ulf Wallin at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and also studied chamber music under Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and at the European Chamber Music Academy. In 2010, he co-founded Trio Gaspard with which he won both the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition and the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha has won awards in numerous international violin competitions. These include second prizes in the 2013 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition and in the Windsor Festival International String Competition. He was awarded a scholarship following his performance in the 2015 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb.

He has worked with artists including Martha Argerich, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang and Patrick Demenga at international festivals such as the Martha Agerich Project, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hitzacker Summer Music Festival and Heidelberger Frühling. As a soloist, he has given concerts with orchestras including the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

In April 2017, he released his debut album with the pianist Nicolas Rimmer under the CAvi label in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, which includes works by George Enescu, Maurice Ravel and Nikos Skalkottas.

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha plays an 18th century instrument made by Nicola Gagliano which has been on loan to him from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg since 2014. He also has a copy of the 1733 Guarneri del Gesù made by Svetozar Bogdanoski (Veles 2006) loaned to him by the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation.

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha took part in Chamber Music Connects the World in 2014. Since October 2017 he has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas. These studies are funded by the v. Metzler/Leber Stipendium.

Last updated: October 2018