Cristina Basili was born into a Greek family of musicians in 1993 in Vienna. She started her cello studies at the age of six with Prof. Vladimir Malinovsky. Since 2005, she has also worked intensively with Prof. David Grigorian in Munich.
At the age of fifteen she met the renowned cellist Antonio Meneses and was asked to join his classes at the University of Arts in Berne where she graduated her studies under a scholarship of the Onassis Foundation Greece with a Master Performance Diploma in 2015. Cristina is currently studying at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles with Ralph Kirshbaum.
In addition to her studies she has worked with renowned musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Demenga, Claudio Bohórquez, Gustav Rivinius, Leonid Gorokhov, Alban Gerhardt, Benjamin Zander, Paavo Järvi, Belcea Quartet and Hagen Quartet.
Cristina is prize winner of national and international competitions such as „Prima La Musica“ in Austria, the International Cello Competition in Liezen/ Styria , the Janigro International Competition for young cellists in Croatia, the Lions Austria Music Competition and the Brahms International Cello Competition.
She was a scholarship student at the Karajan Stiftung in Vienna for two years as well as at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Italy.
In 2011 she won a prize grant from the Rahn Kulturfonds in Zurich, that placed a master cello at her disposal.
As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Cristina Basili has performed at famous venues throughout Europe (Konzerthaus Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Gasteig Munich, Megaron Athens, Odessa Philharmonic Hall) and has been invited to play at international festivals such as the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, Riva Music Festival in Italy, World Enescu Festival Sinaia in Romania, Aigina and Nafplion Festivals in Greece, Jugendmusikfestival Coburg in Germany. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Oleg Maisenberg, Barbara Moser, Hobart Earle, Vitaly Protasov, Claudius Traunfellner, Rainer Schmidt, Annely Peebo.
The young cellist is playing on an instrument made by Antonio Gibertini in 1844.