Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kadeeja Best (she/her), grew up in a creative household surrounded by art and music. At the age of 16, she first began her musical studies on the cello after hearing the famous recording of Jaqueline Du Pre performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. In 2010 just over one year later, she gave her first solo performance at Lyman Hall in Los Angeles. In 2011-2012 she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the National Cello Institute which is hosted by world-renowned pedagogue Rick Mooney. During her time there, she studied with: Amy Sue Barston, Sarah Koo, Pam Davenport, Rodney Farrar, and Rick Mooney. In 2013, she received a full scholarship to the International Cremona Music Festival and Academy in Cremona, Italy, where she studied with Vladimir Panteleyev, and many other faculty members from world-renowned conservatories. While there she performed chamber works and solos throughout northern Italy.
In 2015 Kadeeja moved to Chicago, IL to further pursue her musical career, and began her studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts for her undergraduate degree in cello performance. While there she studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra including cellist Karen Basrak and Richard Hirshl. While living as a professional musician in Chicago, she has continued her solo and orchestral performances, as well as growing her private teaching studio. She is an active substitute musician with the West Michigan Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.
She also has recorded and edited her own series of music videos for her successful business, Sound of Style, which blurs the lines between classical music and fashion, making both more easily accessible. Kadeeja is an avid advocate for music and the arts to be accessible to everyone. She is currently on faculty as a Teaching Artist for Ravinia’s El Sistema program.
Aside from performing, teaching, and recording music, Kadeeja loves to spend time shopping for vintage furniture with her husband Boyan, and their black cat named Bear.