Biography



Cellist Josephine Bastian is a passionate recitalist, chamber musician and cello teacher. She was born in Berlin in 1995 into a family of musicians. 

Josephine has been a prize winner at various competitions, such as the Cello Competition of the Yehudi Menuhin  Live Music Now foundation (2017), at the Strings competition of the Peter Pirazzi foundation (2016), as well as being awarded a scholarship at the Frankfurt Bach Concerts. 

Since 2017, she furthermore has been accepted into the orchestral academy of the Berlin Radio Symphony orchestra for a two year fellowship. In May 2021, Josephine has been offered another fellowship at the Frankfurt Opera, starting September 2022.

Her recording of the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky has been hailed by the nmz (Neue Musikzeitung) as „Bastians elegant, sensitive and effective performing style is very convincing in all passages“.

As a soloist, Josephine performed with musicians of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the Orchestra of the CPE Bach music school Berlin. She is a regular guest with festivals such as the Rheingau Musikfestival, the Musikmesse Festival Frankfurt, „Mein Lieblingsstück“ in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and she performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the prestigious organization „Rhapsody in School“ alongside renowned artists such as Daniel Müller-Schott, Alban Gerhardt, Daniel Hope, Antoine Tamestit and Lars Vogt. 


As passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of the MOSAIK trio and of the CONCELLI cello quartet. Both ensembles enjoy a busy concert schedule in Europe.


Josephine commenced her studies with Stefan Giglberger at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and continued her studies with Prof. Michael Sanderling at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, earning her Bachelor degree in 2018 with highest honors. Always keen to broaden her musical and personal horizon, Josephine recently graduated with her Master of Performance from the studio of Prof. Brandon Vamos, at Jacobs School of Music Bloomington (Indiana University, USA).


Josephine gained important artistic inspiration from masterclasses with Wolfgang Böttcher, Wen-Sinn Yang, Troels Svane, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Julius Berger, Johannes Moser, and Richard Aaron.


Josephine performs on an Italian cello by Celestino Farotto, 1907.

Repertoire (Selection)

Chamber Music (Piano Duo)

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L.v. Beethoven, Sonata g-minor, C-major
F. Chopin, Sonata op. 65

G. Fauré, Apres un reve, Sicilienne
C. Franck, Sonata in A-major

B. Martinu, Variations on a theme of Rossini
F. Mendelssohn, Sonata No. 1, op. 45

A. Piazolla, Le Grand Tango 

S. Prokofiev, Sonata, op. 119

S. Rachmaninov, Sonata op. 19, Vocalise
D. Shostakovich, Sonata, op. 40 

R. Schumann, Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102

I. Stravinsky, Suite Italienne

R. Strauss, Sonata op. 6

P.I. Tchaikovsky, Nocturne
F. Zabel, Scherzo Furioso

Solo

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J.S. Bach, Suites for Cello solo 1-4,6
S. Kodaly, Sonata for Cello solo, op. 8

G. Ligeti, Sonata for Cello solo

W. Lutoslawski, Sacher Variations

Concertos

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M. Bruch, Adagio on Celtic Themes, Kol Nidrei

C. Davidoff, At the Fountain

A. Dvorak, Concerto, op. 104

E. Elgar, Concerto, op. 85

G. Faure, Papillon

J. Haydn, Concerto C-major

J. Haydn, Concerto D-major
V. Herbert, Concerto No. 2, op. 30

C. Saint-Säens, Concerto, op. 33

D. Shostakovich, Concerto Op. 107

R. Schumann, Concerto Op. 129

P.I. Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Roccoco theme