- Music Director of Plush Festival
One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music. In 2014 he became a member of the Nash Ensemble of London.
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 Kurtag, Thomas Ades and Peter Eotvos among many inspired him to cultivate new music in his concert programmes wherever possible. A recent three-year project with Sir Harrison Birtwistle has led to premieres of his song cycle Bogenstrich and a piano trio due for release on the ECM label in 2013. He also premieres York Hoeller’s cello concerto Mouvements in January of the same year with NDR Hamburg alongside Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Canto di Speranza.