Cellist ADRIAN BRENDEL studied at Winchester College and Cambridge University, and with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Conservatory from 1996 to 2001. His other important teachers have included Alexander Baillie, Miklós Perényi, and William Pleeth, with whom he developed a strong attachment to the chamber music repertoire. In recent years he has regularly attended master classes with members of the Alban Berg Quartet and György Kurtág while cultivating a close musical relationship with his father, Alfred Brendel.
Brendel is a regular participant at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, and Oxford Festivals, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Rheingau and Mecklenburg Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria. Brendel has performed extensively throughout the U.K. and abroad as a chamber musician and soloist, appearing in such diverse venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Zollverein Essen, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, and Wigmore Hall, where he made his debut in 1999 to much acclaim.
He has worked frequently with his trio partners Paul Lewis and Katharine Gowers, as a duo with pianist Tim Horton, and with Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, Daniel Hope, and Lawrence Power. Brendel has appeared recently at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Lucerne Festival, and the Teatro della pergola in Florence, and given performances of Mozart's Piano Quartets in Vienna's Musikverein, Tokyo Opera City Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall with his father and friends. He has recorded for ORF, NDR, WDR, Sudwestfunk, and Deutschlandradio.
Brendel is co-founder of 'Music at Plush,' a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, England.