Meta Hüper | Violin
Meta Hüper was born in Hannover and began her musical career in early childhood with piano and violin lessons. She successfully participated in numerous competitions and discovered her passion for singing in the school choir. After high school she completed classical violin studies at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin with T. Tomaszewski, and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with Prof. H. Shaham, among others. In addition, she studied opera and jazz singing in Berlin and New York. After graduating in 2002, there followed engagements with the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (New Zealand). She rounded out her expertise with a stint as musical director with, among others, trumpeter Till Bronner and the rock singer Helgi Björnsson. As a vocal soloist she has performed in concerts around the world, taking her all the way to Singapore. Meta currently lives in Berlin and appears regularly with the Capital Dance Orchestra and the Big Band of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.As of February 2016, Meta Hüper joined Salut Salon, substituting for Iris Siegfried who is currently on maternity leave.
Maria Well | Cello
At the early age of 15, the French-German cellist Maria Well was a young cello student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich in the class of Prof. Helmar Stiehler. Born in Munich, she completed her diploma in the arts, master studies with distinction and attended master classes with Natalia Gutmann, Clemens Hagen and Daniel Müller-Schott, among others. At "Jugend musiziert", Maria has won several first prizes as well as the Sparkasse special award. She won the music prize along with the audience and special prize at the Kulturkreis Gasteig and first prize at the Lions European Music Competition. Since 2008, she has been sponsored by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
Together with her brother, the violinist Matthias Well, she founded the violin-violoncello duo "twoWell" in 2015.As a soloist Maria has given concerts with orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra and chamber music concerts with Arabella Steinbacher, Igor Levit and Michael Schöch. Maria Well regularly makes guest appearances at international music festivals, as well as at home in Germany at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or the Gezeitenkonzerte.
Maria Well has played with Salut Salon since 2019.
Kristiina Rokashevich | Piano
Kristiina was born in 1990 in Tallinn, Estonia where she began taking piano lessons at the local music school at the age of seven. She went on to study piano at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Estonia with Marko Martin and Prof. Ivari Ilja. In September 2010, Kristiina studied with Prof. Joan Havill at the famous Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where she completed her master's degree summa cum laude. During this time, she worked with many excellent pianists including Richard Goode, Angel Hewitt and Steven Osborne.
While pursuing her degree, Kristiina received several awards, including the Sergej-Rachmaninov-Award, the Guildhall-School-Scholarship-Trust and the Estonian Students Fund in the USA. In addition, she was awarded the Estonian Ministry of Culture Prize in 2015 and 2016. Kristiina also excelled in competitions and has won prizes at the Croydon Music Festival, the Beethoven Competition of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe and the Amy Brant International Piano Competition in Great Britain. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Estonian Piano Competition.
As a solo and chamber musician, Kristiina also has a passion for the harpsichord. She has performed with many ensembles including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra - with renowned conductors Christian Vasquez, Mihail Gerts, Olari Elts and Risto Joost. She has also given numerous solo concerts in Great Britain, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Russia.
Kristiina has played with Salut Salon since 2019.
Rahel Maria Rilling | Violin
Rahel Maria Rilling was born in Stuttgart into a family of musicians and received her first violin lessons at the age of four. Later she studied with Wolf-Dieter Streicher in Stuttgart, with Yair Kless in Tel Aviv, with Michael Mücke in Berlin and with Nora Chastain in Zurich/Winterthur. She has been section leader for three years of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and regularly performs with orchestras such as the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Kammersymphonie Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Komischer Oper Berlin.
As a soloist she has toured the world to perform with, among others, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar in Caracas / Venezuela under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. She regularly holds master classes in Venezuela and is a frequent guest at various music festivals in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia.
Rahel‘s passion is chamber music. In Hohenstaufen, she founded her own annual chamber music festival in 2006. Beside this she was playing with Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kozena, Jörg Widmann, Amihai Grosz, Daishin Kashimoto, Guy Braunstein and Jacques Ammon. Together with her sister, Sara Rilling, and her husband, David Adorján, she recorded the music of her Jewish great-grandfather Robert Kahn. Rahel is a coach for international youth orchestras and co-founder of the „Prelude Concerts“ series in Berlin, a program dedicated to chamber music for and with children. With the string quartet „The Nixen“ she plays her own arrangements of classic, jazz and pop. Rahel Rilling lives in Berlin.
As of February 2017, Rahel Rilling joined Salut Salon.
Lidia Kalendareva | Piano
Lidia Kalendareva was born in Saint Petersburg and composed her first play at the age of six. She studied piano with Prof. Bernd Zack at Rostock University of Music and Drama as well as music theory with a focus on stylistic composition with Prof. Dr. Hartmut Fladt and Prof. Dr. Stefan Prey at Berlin University of the Arts. She won many piano and composition competitions during her studies, including the Franz Grothe Prize for Best Young Film Composer of the Year from the GEMA Foundation Munich in 2009. Since then, she has written and performed her music on numerous television programs (arte, ZDF), concert stages and film festivals in Europe and the USA, among others.
Many awards followed, such as the International Rachmaninov Composition Competition (2013) which she won for her piano piece "Sonata Nostalgia”. Together with fellow composer Alin Cristian Oprea, she was awarded Best International Sim Music Award "The Golden Eye at the Zurich Film Festival (2014), for which the composer duo beat out 221 other film composers from 40 countries.
As a pianist, Lidia has worked with Rolando Villazón (Stars of Tomorrow, arte TV), with the Theater des Westens, the Staatsballett Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others. She has appeared as an actress and musician in various television productions. As musical director at Off Stage Germany, Lidia directed the two Off Broadway musicals "Thrill Me" and "Altar Boyz". Lidia's compositions have been recorded by several renowned orchestras, including the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg conducted by Bernd Wefelmeyer, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with conductor Frank Strobel, and the Georgia Sinfonietta Orchestra. Her compositions have been published by AMA Verlag Berlin and Calliope Records Paris.
At the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Lidia's self-composed and produced "Piano Paintings" was presented to international visitors as a multimedia project for several months in 2019. For the worldwide award-winning Metube3 music video, she composed a remix of the classic Donizetti aria "Una Furtiva Lacrima" with her husband Alin Cristian Oprea. Since 2020, Lidia has been a lecturer in music theory and film music composition/new media at Berlin University of the Arts. Lidia lives in Berlin with her husband and daughter.
She has been playing with Salut Salon since 2018.