Adrian Brendle performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Adrian Brendle performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Adrian Brendle began studying piano with Noriko Ishikawa at the age of six. At fourteen he began studying under concert pianist Professor Sontraud Speidel, and one year later he was admitted to the Pre-College of the University of Music Karlsruhe. While still attending school he successfully took part in numerous national competitions, inter alia the Robert Schumann competition for young pianists in Zwickau, where he won the first prize.

Upon completing school he enrolled at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He graduated with distinction in 2014 and is now pursuing his postgraduate studies with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music London.

Adrian has won several prizes in international competitions, among them the second prize at the Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, the third prize at the International Hans-von-Bülow-Competition in Meiningen, which was followed by debuts in Weimar and Berlin, and the first prize at the International Prof. Dichler Competition 2013 in Vienna. He also was a finalist in the 2016 Tallinn International Piano Competition.

As a concerto soloist Adrian has performed works from Beethoven to Rihm with the Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, the University of Music Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Meininger Hofkapelle, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Johann-Strauß-Orchestra Wiesbaden, the Estonian National Orchestra, the TAG Symphony Orchestra, the State Youth Orchestra Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. He has collaborated with outstanding conductors like Christoph Wyneken, Frank Dupree, Karl-Heinz Steffens and Edward Gardner.

Adrian is also a talented reorchestrator: he has performed his edition of Schumann’s A minor piano concerto for piano and strings with several orchestras. In addition to his work in Germany, he has performed in many cities including Brussels, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, London, Bristol, Timisoara, Damascus, Amman, Rabat, Tallinn and New York.

Chamber music plays an important role in Adrian’s musical activities. He has been coached by leading figures like Lied pianist Hartmut Höll, and chamber music experts Ralf Gothóni, Ian Brown and Adrian Brendel in this field. Furthermore, master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Blackshaw, Alexander Braginsky, Bruno Canino, Cyprien Katsaris, Pascal Rogé, Jerome Rose, Natasha Vlassenko and Lilya Zilberstein have contributed to his artistic development.

Since 2011 Adrian has been a scholar of the renowned German National Academic Foundation.

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