Shasta Ellenbogen (1988) grew up in Canada and moved to Europe in 2005. She studied at conservatories in Amsterdam and London, and was professor of viola and theory at the KM Conservatory in Chennai, India. She is based in Berlin since 2011.
She won prizes at international competitions in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. Alongside her career as a soloist and chamber musician, she has worked with several pop artists and is active in experimental and improvised music.
Selected collaborations include Zafraan Ensemble, Serenus Zeitblom Oktett, Hamburger Camerata, Neophon Ensemble, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, duo with pianist Antonis Anissegos, improv collaborations with Tristan Honsiger, Jon Rose and the Splitter Ensemble, and pop concerts in Taipei Stadium with Sodagreen and the German Pops Orchestra.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals around Europe such as A L’Arme Festival (Berlin) and Podium Festival (Esslingen), Sonic Festival (Copenhagen), Neue Musik im Stadhaus (Ulm), Vielklang (Tübingen), and Dark Music Days (Reykjavik). She is a founding member of the Irresistible Wiesenburg Quartet and the Artistic Director and organiser of Classical Sundays, a bi-weekly concert series in Berlin designed to help bring new audiences to classical music.
Shasta believes in the healing power of music.