Pursuing a busy career as a soloist, a chamber musician and a teacher, cellist Adrian Brendel has always stood out by his versatility and originality. He studied with such strong personalities as William Pleeth and Frans Helmerson, and later on, also with composer György Kurtág and members of the famous Alban Berg Quartet. Last but not least, one other personality should be mentioned: his own father, Alfred.
He has long been a member of both the Nash Ensemble and the DSCH-Shostakovich Ensemble, and among his chamber music partners, the names of Henning Kraggerud, Lisa Batiashvili, Aleksandar Madžar, Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner and Kit Armstrong deserve special mention. New music is a regular fixture in his programs and his interest in it was bolstered by his involvement in projects with such personalities as György Kurtág, Peter Eötvös and Thomas Adès. Adrian is a regular guest at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and festivals and he has appeared as a soloist with some of Europe’s finest orchestras.
He has recorded chamber music pieces by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (ECM/2014) and the complete chamber music for piano and strings by Dmitri Shostakovich (Paraty/2018). With his father, he recorded the complete Beethoven cello sonatas (Philips/2004).
Adrian teaches (cello and chamber music) at London’s Guildhall School and Royal Academy.
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