Rastislav Huba

Nationality: Slovak
Born: 8 October 1990

Elementary school – Piaristická Základná Škola Františka Hanáka 1996 – 2005 (SR)
High school – Konzervatórium Žilina 2006 – 2010 (SR)
Supplementary Pedagogic Diploma – Konzervatórium Žilina 2010 – 2012 (SR)
Undergraduate studies – Bard College Conservatory of Music 2011 – 2016 (USA)

Music Education: Rastislav started play cello at the age of five with Gabriela Tunáčková in Prievidza. Later, at the age of nine he was accepted as an exceptional student into the Conservatory of Žilina to study with professor Kveta Glasnakova. He won numerous international and national competitions. In addition to his high school studies, he participated in masterclasses where he worked with: Dimitri Ferschtman, Jozef Podhoranský, Arvids Tareila. Rastislav spent three intensive months of masterclasses in Riga (Latvia) with supervision of prof. Arvids Tareila. At present, he finished the unique double-degree bachelor program at Bard College Conservatory of Music supported by Mischa Schneider Scholarship, where he was simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of “Russian and Eurasian Studies” with focus on language and literature. During this intensive double degree undergraduate program, Rastislav actively participated in solo, orchestral and chamber music playing. Besides playing in the conservatory orchestra, he also performed concerts with American Symphony Orchestra in the “side by side” program. As a member of Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Rastislav performed many concerts with Leon Botstein and guest conductors: Rossen Milanov, Joann Falletta, Cristian Măcelaru, Jeffrey Kahane, Adam Fischer, Marcelo Lehninger. With Bard College Conservatory Orchestra he performed concert tours in China, Europe and Cuba. At the same time he had ensemble coachings and masterclasses with renowned artists like Arnold Steinhardt. Peter Serkin, Laurie Smukler, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Peter Wiley. Weigang Li, Yi-Wen Jiang, Joan Tower, In 2013, he was leading cellist at Bard College Chamber Music Tour in Central Europe. Furthermore, in ensemble Rastislav has performed with a distinguished artists such as violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sergey Ostrovsky, violist Gilad Karni and cellist Gavriel Lipkind. As a part of his other degree, Rastislav spent one semester in St. Petersburg where he studied with cellist Dmitry Eremin. During his undergraduate studies, he was a student of professors Peter Wiley, Sophie Shao and Luis Garcia Renart.

Competitions, masterclasses, concerts:

2001 Bratislava recording for Slovak Radio. (SR)
2002 Dolny Kubin absolute winner at international competition “Talents for Europe” (SR)
2003 Solo concert with Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava (Competition Winner of over 100 participants) (SR)
2008 First prize state competition of Slovak conservatories (Banska Bystrica) (SR)
2008 Concert at the Central European Music Festival in Žilina (SR)
2008 Masterclasses Musica Arvensis with professor Dimitri Ferschtman (SR)
2008 Lithuania International chamber music Competition First prize (LT)
2009 Recital at International Music Festival in Bojnice (SR)
2009 State chamber music competition 2nd place. (SR)
2010 Humilitas Masterclasses with Patrizio Serino (SR)
2010 Pro Musica Summer Academy in Romania (Oradea) with Jozef Podhoranský (RO)
2010 Brahms international cello competition (AUS)
2011 Admitted with a full scholarship to the double-degree bachelor program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music (USA)
2011 Finalist of the Concerto Competition at Bard College Conservatory of Music (USA)
2012 Bard College Conservatory Orchestra China Tour
2013 Central European Tour of the Chamber Music from Bard College Conservatory of Music
2014 European Tour of Bard College Conservatory Orchestra
2014 Chamber Music Concert for Chamber Music Society of Reading, Pennsylvania , (USA)
2015 International summer masterclass Keshet Eilon (IL)
2016 Special award in the Concerto Competition at Bard College Conservatory of Music (USA)
2016 Cuba Tour of Bard College Conservatory Orchestra
2016 Arosa Masterclass with professor Conradin Brotbek (CH)
2016 Hanns Schäuble-Award (CH)