Nella Hunkins

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  The Montpellier Duo
       Nella Hunkins (cello) and Yoko Arai (piano)

Nella Hunkins was born in New York and studied with Leonard Rose and Janos Starker.
Associate principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and member of the Casals Festival,
she has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the world. Her 1980  
appointment to the Music Hochschule in Berlin led to playing, touring and recording with  
the Berlin Philharmonic, and as a member of chamber groups such as Philharmonia Ensemble
Berlin, the Scharoun Ensemble and the Kreuzberger String Quartet. She can be heard on Denon

She moved to England in 2009 after living for some years in Asia, where she was principal cellist with
Singapore Symphony Orchestra. and a founding faculty member of the music conservatory
at the National University of Singapore.

Career highlights include a Fulbright grant to study in Paris, coaching for Jeunesse Musicale,
and longer orchestral  tours in Russia, China and Japan.

Yoko Arai was born in Japan and studied music at Musashino Academia in Tokyo. From 1975
she studied in Germany with
Professor Gebhardt who was a pupil of Edwin Fischer, at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. During her study in Germany she was highly praised as an accompanist.

After she moved to England in 1981 she studied with Paul Hamburger, James Gibb and 
Christopher Elton. She is a licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has 
presented solo, duo and chamber music recitals in the UK, Japan and the USA. She has 
accompanied violin master classes and many other instruments for competitions and music festivals 
for which she was acclaimed as an outstanding and convincing performer.

Yoko teaches piano and Japanese at Malvern College and at the Ladies’ College in Cheltenham. 
Her pupils have been awarded places at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Chetham’s School of 
Music, Cardiff University and Durham University.