Biography

Tjaša Kastelic is a Berlin – based Slovenian violinist.

She received her solo and teaching diploma with the highest distinction at the Carinthian State Conservatorium in 2014/15. In 2011 and 2012 she participated in the “Corsi della Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale” with Prof. Ilya Grubert in Portogruaro, Venice. In year 2016 she was studying Master study at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles in the violin class of Lorenzo Gatto and 2018 at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.

Aside from her studies, Tjaša has received important musical impulses from Alina Pogostkina, Igor Ozim, Karen Aroutiounian, Natalia Prishepenko, Latica-Honda Rosenberg, Tomasz Tomaszewski and many others.

Tjaša Kastelic is the winner of the 1. prize at the VIII International AMIGDALA music competition 2018 in Sicily, the 2nd prize at the International Music Competition Cogoleto and she was granted a scholarships by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Association (2013-2016) as well as by the Slovenian Žiga Zois Foundation (2013 and 2015).

Tjaša Kastelic was performing as concertmaster with Sinfonietta Klagenfurt, ORSOphilharmonic Orchestra and Klassik Nuevo Orchestra; as tutti violinist with the Berliner Symphoniker, Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Neue Philharmonie Berlin, Central European Initiative Youth Orchestra, the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, the Vienna Young Philharmonics Orchestra, etc.

Recent highlights include performances in the Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Berliner Dom, Beijing Great Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Musikverein Vienna, Zurich Tonhalle, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Concert Hall etc. As a solo violinist, she has recorded the soundtracks for the Slovenian documentaries “Polmesec nad planikami” (2012) and “Za vsakim grmom ne raste grmčan” (2011). In 2016, she was the younghest member of the jury panel at the state-wide competition “Jugend musiziert” in Berlin.

Debut Album „Romance – Canciones y danzas“ recorded with the guitarist Jerzy Chwastyk achieved great success and with Europe Promotion Tour attracted big attention by the public. With the pieces by de Falla, Bartók, Piazzolla, Debussy and Faurè „They carry the listener away into a world of enchanting sounds“ wrote Pizzicato Magazine.

Tjaša Kastelic is currently living in Berlin and performing as a soloist and chamber musician with the pianist Rafael Theissen and is the founder and CEO of Kastelic Music Academy Berlin.

Tjaša is playing on a copy of the Antonio Stradivari 1710 “Emiliani” by Christian Erichson.

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