One of the most versatile and original cellists of today, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. Adrian first studied the cello with William Pleeth, with whom he developed a deep attachment to chamber music. He then went on to study with Alexander Baillie and Frans Helmerson in London and Cologne, also frequently attending the masterclasses of Gyorgy Kurtag, Ferenc Rados, members of the Alban Berg quartet and his father Alfred Brendel.
An acclaimed recording of Beethoven’s cello sonatas with his father is available on the Philips label, recorded during their recital tours of 2003/2004. Projects with contemporary composers and conductors during this time such as Kurtág, Thomas Adès and Peter Eötvös inspired him to cultivate new music in his concert programmes wherever possible. As a member of the DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble, he recorded Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings by Dmitri Schostakovich, released in 2018 (Paraty / Harmonia Mundi), receiving excellent reviews and distinctions from the international press.
In great demand as a recitalist and soloist, Adrian works with Henning Kraggerud, Lisa Batiashvili, Lars Anders Tomter Andrej Bielow Aleksandar Madžar, Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, Tim Horton and Kit Armstrong, to name a few, and he is member of the Nash Ensemble. He is a frequent visitor to the most prestigious international festivals and concert seasons and performs regularly with some of the main European orchestras.
Adrian Brendel is Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music, em Londres.