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 famous 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. From August 2016 she will continue her studies as a scholarship student of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with the renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.
She has attended master classes by renowned musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Demenga, Claudio Bohórquez Gustav Rivinius, Leonid Gorokhov, Alban Gerhardt, Belcea Quartet and Hagen Quartet.
She is prize winner of many national and international competitions as "Prima La Musica", Austria, International Cello Competition in Liezen/ Styria , Janigro International Competition for young cellists, Croatia, Lions Music Competition, Austria.
She was a scholarship student for two years at the Karajan Stiftung in Vienna and also at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
In 2011 she won a prize grant from the Rahn Foundation in Zurich, which 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) and has been invited to play at international festivals such as the Riva Music Festival, Italy, the International Enescu Festival in Sinaia, Romania, Aigina and Nafplion Festivals, Greece, Jugendmusikfestival Coburg, Germany. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Oleg Maisenberg, Barbara Moser, Hobart Earle, Claudius Traunfellner, Rainer Schmidt, Annely Peebo.
The young cellist is playing on an instrument made by Antonio Gibertini in 1844.