Nella Hunkins Cellist

         Nella picture


           Brief biography

                workshops and

          Concert schedule

          Solo cello

           The Bochmann Trio

         The Bach Duo

         The Rose Duet

         The Montpellier Duo 

         The Tivoli Trio

                                         The Rose Duet

The Rose Duet is dedicated to the memory of the great cello teacher and performer 

        Leonard Rose. 

It consists of Nella Hunkins (cello) and Marcel Zidani (piano).  

Their aim is to play classical  repertoire of the highest quality, with a particular 

emphasis on music of the Romantic period. 

          Nella Hunkins  

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 now
plays. She then studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard from the age of 14, and went
on to complete her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Indiana University with Janos
Starker. She subsequently received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Paris
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 with the
Cleveland Orchestra. After moving to Europe, her later orchestral experience included
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 Scharoun
Ensemble. With the chamber group Philharmonia Ensemble Berlin, drawn from the
Berlin Philharmonic, she recorded the Schubert Octet as well as an album of Boccherini
Quintets.  Most recently, she was principal cellist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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 including
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   

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 with
Honours in 1995. He has performed extensively as a soloist in Europe, has served as
an adjudicator for music festivals, and is a devoted piano teacher.

Marcel recently received glowing reviews in the international press, describing the
performance of compositions from his new CD titled ‘A New Renaissance’ as ‘an explosion
of expressive tonal colours’. His performance of Beethoven's Sonata ‘The Tempest’ and
Liszt's ‘Un Sospiro’ received equal acclaim.

His earlier CD, 'Piano in the Small Hours', has been featured on BBC Radio Three.

Concert performances include Liszt's Hungarian Fantasy, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto
No. 2, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. 
He is now also enjoying an increasing involvement in chamber music with the Rose Duet.


          Nella Hunkins
Marcel Zidani

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