Coming from a
family of professional musicians, Nella Hunkins began her studies
with her father, a prominent cellist in the New York area, whose instrument she
plays. She then studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard from the age of 14, and
on to complete her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Indiana University with
Starker. She subsequently received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the
Conservatory with Andre Navarra. There she earned the Prix du Conservatoire and
fell in love with Europe, determined to move there some day.
Nella’s first major orchestral appointment was as associate principal cellist
Cleveland Orchestra. After moving to Europe, her later orchestral experience
performances, recordings, and tours with the Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra. She was
also a member of the Kreuzberger String Quartet in Berlin as well as the Berlin
Ensemble. With the chamber group Philharmonia Ensemble Berlin, drawn from the
Berlin Philharmonic, she recorded the Schubert Octet as well as an album of
Quintets. Most recently, she was principal cellist with the Singapore
until April 2009, when she moved with her new husband to the English Cotswolds;
and is now active in chamber music.
Her extensive teaching experience includes membership of many notable faculties
the Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Berlin
Hochschule and, as a
founding faculty member, the music conservatory at the National
University of Singapore.
Marcel Zidani was
born in London and grew up in Banbury; he studied piano with the
renowned teacher Mark Racz at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated
Honours in 1995. He has performed extensively as a soloist in Europe, has
an adjudicator for music festivals, and is a devoted piano teacher.
Marcel recently received glowing reviews in the international press, describing
performance of compositions from his new CD titled ‘A New Renaissance’ as ‘an
of expressive tonal colours’. His performance of Beethoven's Sonata ‘The
Liszt's ‘Un Sospiro’ received equal acclaim.
His earlier CD, 'Piano in the Small Hours', has been featured on BBC Radio
Concert performances include Liszt's Hungarian Fantasy, Shostakovich's Piano
No. 2, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and the Carnival of the Animals by
He is now also enjoying an increasing involvement in chamber music with the