Cellist Chiara Enderle Samatanga, hailed by The Strad as “a truly impressive young artist”, is a passionate soloist and chamber musician. Born into a family of musicians in Zürich, Switzerland, Chiara spent her early childhood accompanying her parents’ string quartet on concert tours all over the world. Her principal cello teachers were Thomas Grossenbacher in Zürich, Jens Peter Maintz in Berlin, and Steven Isserlis.
Chiara is the 1st prize winner of both the International Lutoslawski Cello Competition (Warsaw) and the Pierre Fournier Award (London).
She appears regularly as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Recent concerts include solo performances with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn. In summer 2019, Chiara was “festival artist” at the Boswiler Sommer in Switzerland.
Chiara’s first CD as a soloist with the Münchner Kammerorchester was released by Sony in 2016 and her second CD with solo works by Ernest Bloch was released in 2017. Since 2018, she has also been pursuing an active concert career as a member of the internationally acclaimed Carmina Quartet.
Chiara was recently appointed professor for cello at the Bern University of the Arts, where she will lead a cello class starting in the fall semester of 2023. In addition to her musical activities, Chiara is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s in Psychology and is fascinated by the intersection between that field and the music world. She lives with her husband and children in Zürich, Switzerland and whenever possible in Harare, Zimbabwe.