AN EVENING OF CELLO AT ATALAYA

A first-time-ever event took place at Atalaya Golf and Country Club on Saturday, February 17th. Members and guests were treated to a very special Evening of Cello performed by accomplished cellists Anastasia Kobekina, originally from the Ural region of Russia, and Johannes Przygodda, of Berlin.

Anastasia, who was born into a family of musicians, received her first cello lesson at the age of four in her home town of Ekaterinburg, Russia. She later continued her studies in Moscow at the Central Music School and at the age of 16 moved to Germany to study at the Kronberg Academy, a renowned training institution for exceptionally gifted young violinists, violists, and cellists. At the Kronberg Academy, Anastasia became a soloist. After four years of intensive training at the academy, Anastasia moved to Berlin where she became a student in October of 2016 at the University of Arts.

Anastasia’s debut with an orchestra was at the tender age of six. Since then she has played with many orchestras, including the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kremerata Baltica, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Toulouse Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

In 2015 Anastasia placed First at the Tonali Competition in Hamburg, Germany and was a semi-finalist at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In September of 2016 she placed Second in the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest.

Anastasia’s partner Johannes Przygodda, who was born in 1993, received his first cello lesson at the age of five. Two years later he became a young student at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. Then, at the age of eight he made his debut as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonie. He later played with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the "Staatsorchester Brandenburg", and the Philharmonia Orchestra Baden-Baden.

Both Anastasia and Johannes are passionate about chamber music and brilliantly shared this passion when they performed at Atalaya. Anastasia plays a cello crafted in 1743 by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini, and Johannes’ cello is a 2010 creation by Ragnar Hayn.

Text, images and videos by Tia Duerrmeyer.

Please SEE BELOW the videos clips of the pair’s performance at Atalaya.