Photo: Julia Altukhova
'The absolute public favourite ... of the highest maturity'
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Described by Le Figaro as an "unrivaled musician", cellist Anastasia Kobekina is known for her breath-taking musicality and technique, her extraordinary versatility and her infectious personality.
With a vast repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, playing on both modern and period instruments, Anastasia Kobekina has established herself as one of the most exciting cellists of the younger generation.
As soloist, Anastasia Kobekina performed with worldwide renowned orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Wiener Symphoniker, the BBC Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, and under under the guidance of Krzysztov Penderecki, Valery Gergiev, Heinrich Schiff, Omer Meir Wellber, Vladimir Spivakov and Dmitrij Kitajenko.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season, include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestre National de Lille under Gabriel Bebeșelea, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) under Kazushi Ono as well as her recital and chamber music debuts at the Verbier Festival and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.
Anastasia Kobekina is prizewinner at renowned international competitions such as the TONALi Competition in Hamburg, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg (2019) and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2016).
Kobekina has been a BBC New Generation Artist from 2018-2021.
She has been participating in many festivals performing chamber music alongside artists such as Gidon Kremer, Renaud Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Giovanni Sollima, Denis Matsuev, Fazil Say, Vladimir Spivakov, and Andras Schiff.
As a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, Anastasia Kobekina performs at the world’s major venues and festivals, including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, the Mariinsky Theater, Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Kronberg Cello Festival, Festival „Spannungen“ Heimbach, the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence and Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern.
Born in Russia into a family of musicians, she received her first cello lessons at the age of four. Following the completion of her studies in Moscow she was invited to study at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. She continued her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin. She is currently a student at the Conservatoire of Paris and at the Frankfurter Hochschule (baroque violoncello class).
Kobekina performs on a 1743 violoncello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.