Axelle Bastiani

Axelle began playing the cello at Conservatory of Reims (France) at the age of 7.

She studied in the classes of Marc-Didier Thirault in Reims, Yvan Chiffoleau in Perpignan and Hélène Dautry in Paris. She completed the last cycle of studies in both Reims and Perpignan and received her first prize in cello and chamber music.Axelle participated in the summer academies of Prades and Courchevel. She played in masterclasses with Gary Hoffmann, Nathalie Klein and Johannes Goritzki, and received guidance from teachers such as Michel Strauss, Alexander Chaushian or Moray Welsh.

Axelle joined the Royal College of Music in 2008 where she played as an orchestral musician under the baton of famous conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon or John Wilson.

Axelle is currently studying for a Master of Music in Performance under the guidance of Melissa Phelps and plays a cello made by William Forster in 1804, generously lent by the Royal College of Music.

Axelle regularly performs in orchestras in England and France. She also takes part in chamber music festivals throughout France such as 'Les Rencontres de Louvergny' in Ardenne or 'Le coeur en musique' in Ardèche, where she performs as a chamber musician but also as a soloist. For two years (2010 - 2012) she played in a semi-professional Trio. In 2011 the Trio was awarded a grant by the Aspinwall Educational Trust to take the course given by Michael Bochmann. For three years she played on a cello generously lent by the Fond Instrumental Francais.

Axelle has a huge interest in contemporary music. In December 2012, she performed “Interference” as a world premiere at the National Portrait Gallery in London, a solo piece for cello written by Gerardo Gozzi with whom she works regularly. Axelle also played in Geometry Variable, ensemble directed by Jean-Philippe Calvin.

In 2012, Axelle won the Anna Shuttelworth Prize and took part in the ENO Evolve Scheme.

Since 2010 Axelle teaches privately in London.  She teaches in Music'All where she runs her own cello class as well as the Junior Orchestra and at St Stephen's Primary School.

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Studied at:  Royal College of Music  
First Instrument: Cello
Started aged: 6/7