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. Since 2011 she is based in Berlin.
She was a prizewinner at international classical music competitions in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. Parallel to her classical career, she is also a composer and improviser, and is active in the free-jazz and experimental music scenes since 2011.
She is also the curator of the concert series Classical Sundays at the Werkhalle Wiesenburg in Berlin-Wedding.
She has appeared as a soloist at festivals around Europe such as A L’Arme Festival (Berlin), Podium Festival (Esslingen), Sonic Festival (Copenhagen), Neue Musik im Stadhaus (Ulm), Vielklang (Tübingen), Dark Music Days (Reykjavik), and Alte Schmiede (Vienna).
Shasta believes in the healing power of music.