Professional career of cellist Rastislav Huba started in his early years and at the age of nine he was accepted to the cello class of Květa Glasnáková at Conservatory in Žilina. During his studies he participated in many masterclasses and spent half a year studying abroad with Arvids Tareila (student of Pablo Casals) in Latvia. He won numerous national and international competitions and at the age of twelve, Rastislav debuted as a soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava.
As the first and only Slovak, he received his bachelor’s degree in a unique double-degree program at Bard College Conservatory of Music fully supported by the Mischa Schneider Scholarship, where he, as a student of prof. Peter Wiley (member of Guarneri Quartet) and prof. Luis Garcia-Renárt was simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of “Russian and Eurasian Studies” with focus on language and literature. As part of his studies, he spent one semester abroad at St. Petersburg Smolny College fulfilling extensive curriculum for language, literature, translation and at the same time studied with cellist Dmitry Eremin (St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra). He participated in the “Great China Tour” with Bard College Conservatory Orchestra and as principal cellist of the orchestra, he performed across the main venues of Europe and Russia. Performances have included venues such as - National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Mariinsky Theater, Shanghai Grand Theater, Rudolfinum Prague, Berlin Konzerthaus.
Recently he finished his Masters degree in the class of Conradin Brotbek at the Hochschule der Künste Bern focusing on solo, orchestra and chamber music performance. He also received lessons from acclaimed artists like Corina Belcea, Bartek Niziol, David Eggert and Nicolas Altstaedt.
As a passionate chamber music player he had the opportunity to perform around the world with renowned artists at many music festivals. His engagements include performances at Arosa Music Festival as a recipient of the Hans-Schäuble Award, the Chamber Music Society of Reading (Pennsylvania), Keshet Eilon Music Festival and as the absolute winner of the Slovak Conservatories he performed at the Central European Music Festival (SR). Furthermore, Rastislav has worked and performed with distinguished artists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sergey Ostrovsky, Gilad Karni, Gavriel Lipkind, Peter Serkin, Peter Wiley, Weigang Li, Dawn Upshaw etc.
At the moment, Rastislav Huba is Co-Principal cellist at Meininger Hofkapelle, which is the main orchestra of Staatstheater Meiningen with a rich historical tradition in Germany. He is fortunate to play on a cello made by Italian luthier Carlo Loveri 1879 in Napoli.