¤ Brief biography
¤ Concert schedule
¤ Solo cello
¤ The Bach Duo
¤ The Montpellier Duo
¤ The Tivoli Trio
¤ Nella and Kneale
The Montpellier Duo
Nella Hunkins (cello) and Yoko Arai (piano)
Nella Hunkins was born in New York and studied with Leonard Rose and Janos Starker.
Associate principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and member of the Casals Festival,
she has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the world. Her 1980
appointment to the Music Hochschule in Berlin led to playing, touring and recording with
the Berlin Philharmonic, and as a member of chamber groups such as Philharmonia Ensemble
Berlin, the Scharoun Ensemble and the Kreuzberger String Quartet. She can be heard on Denon
She moved to England in 2009 after living for some years in Asia, where she was principal cellist with
the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. and a founding faculty member of the music conservatory
at the National University of Singapore.
Career highlights include a Fulbright grant to study in Paris, coaching for Jeunesse Musicale,
and longer orchestral tours in Russia, China and Japan.
Yoko Arai was born in Japan and studied music at Musashino Academia in Tokyo. From 1975
she studied in Germany with Professor Gebhardt who was a pupil of Edwin Fischer, at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. During her study in Germany she was highly praised as an accompanist.
After she moved to
England in 1981 she studied with Paul Hamburger, James Gibb and
Yoko teaches piano and
Japanese at Malvern College and at the Ladies’ College in Cheltenham.