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Ludovit Kanta

Slovakians premier cellist Ludovit Kanta was born in Bratislava. He studied at Konzervatorium Bratislava under Professor Gustav Vecerny, and at Academy of Music Arts Praha under Professor Alexander Vectomov, member of the original Czech Trio. In 1977, he won the first prize in the Hradec Opava Beethoven Competition and in 1980 was awarded the 2nd prize. In 1982, he was appointed 1st solo cellist with the Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1990 he has been Principal Solo Cellist with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. And he had taught at Aichi Prefecture University of Arts Nagoya, Japan. Kanta has toured as a soloist through Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, with Maestro Hiroyuki Iwaki, Valery Gergiev, Zdenek Kosler, Dmitrij Kitajenko. He has also given solo recitals in major cities including Tokyo, Chicago and Washington D.C.. He has also been invited to international music festivals, competitions and/or seminars including Japan Music Competition, Affinis International Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Prague Spring, Bratislava Music Festival and Katja Popovas Laureates Days in Pleven. Among his many solo recordings include the concertos of Haydn and Boccherini on the NAXOS label. His latest recording of the Kodaly Sonata for Cello Solo has been critically acclaimed and was featured in the Record Geijutsu (Japan’s most respected Music Magazine). His recent projects, performances of all of J.S.Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo, and all the 5 Cello Sonatas by Beethoven respectively in one concert, got significant attention.