DANIELLE AKTA
Cellist
ZEFUNOT SCHOLARSHIP

Danielle Akta was awarded a scholarship by Zefunot Culture in 2014.

PRESS QUOTES

"...Program that was enlivened by a miracle of a 13-year-old cello prodigy.
For her, the piece was a conversation between her cello and the orchestra. And what a marvelous talk they had. She was exuberant, technically precise even to the perfect harmonics and double stops, wonderfully musical and totally at ease, a natural performer. Yablonsky, who is also a cellist, knew how to support her. The crowd gave her a long standing ovation."

Geraldine freedman, The Daily Gazette

"Camille Saint Saens' "Cello Concerto no.1 in A Minor, Op.33, which followed introduced a young (13 years old) extraordinary, cellist Danielle Akta. This talented, multi-award winning cellist displayed not only amazing technique in playing this challenging concerto, she also displayed extraordinary artistry and sensitivity, unusual in a musician of such tender years. Remember her name, you will be hearing much more about this fine artist, just like her inspiration Jacqueline du Pre, who motivated Danielle to study cello at the age of four. The talk of the night was not just, "what a great concert" but also "what an astonishing young cellist."

Marsha Wagner, Island Reporter

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BIOGRAPHY

An active soloist from an early age, Danielle performed with the Moscow Virtuosi & Vladimir Spivakov, the Israel Philharmonic IPO, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt , at the Trans-Siberian Arts Festival under Vadim Repin, a USA tour with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Symphony Rishon LeZion, Israel Netanya Kibbutz (NKO), the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheba, the Ashdod Symphony, recitals at the AIPAC Conference 2016 in Washington D.C and more. Future engagements for 2016-2017 include concerts with the Moscow Virtuosi (Moscow, Paris, Brussels), concert series with: IPO, NKO, Tel Aviv Soloists (Israel and Poland), concert tours with LGT Young Soloists, participation at Verbier Festival Academy 2016, and more.

Born in Israel on 29 August 2002 into a family of musicians, Danielle began to play the cello at age 4 at her own request, after listening to a recording of Jacqueline du Pré.

Danielle, a grant-holder of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, Recipient of the "Oleg Yankovsky's prize - Artistic Discovery of 2015-2016" - the Young Artist Award for young promising artist - Awarded by Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Winner of the competitions FLAME Int. Paris 2014, Muse Int. Athens 2014 and 2015 and the Israeli National Cello Competition 2013, Recipient of the America-IsraeI Cultural Foundation Scholarships with distinction, she performed at Lincoln Center in the AICF 75th Gala event hosted by Itzhak Perlman.


She was also awarded the Zefunot Culture scholarship for Outstanding Young Musician, she is an Ambassador of the iClassical-Academy, Switzerland and a member of the LGT Young Soloist project for international highly gifted young soloists.

​A student of Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Music Akademie in Berlin, Danielle studied at the Raanana Music Conservatory (RMC) with Luba Rabin and previously with Galina Aronovitch. Danielle participated in master classes with Maria Tchaikovskia, Dmitry Yablonsky, Rafael Wallfisch, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Evangeline Benedetti, Raphaël  Pidoux and Paul Katz.

Danielle plays an Enrico Orselli cello; master Italian luthier student of Ettore Soffritti. This exceptional instrument, build in Pesaro around 1925/1930, is graciously put at Danielle’s disposal by Dr. Moshe Kantor through the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.


Danielle plays a Claude Thomassin Bow built in Paris around 1900/1920 graciously put at Danielle's disposal by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.