Born in London in 1976, Adrian Brendel studied at Winchester College, Cambridge University and with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy.
He is a regular participant at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Oxford festivals, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Rheingau and Mecklenburg Festspielen, Berliner Festwochen and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria. Adrian Brendel has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad as chamber musician and soloist, appearing in such diverse venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Zollverein Essen, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, and the Wigmore Hall, where he made his debut in 1999. He has worked frequently with Imogen Cooper, Paul Lewis, Till Fellner, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and Katherine Gowers, and has a regular duo with pianist Tim Horton. He has also recorded for radio companies across Europe including BBC, ORF, NDR, WDR and SWR.
His close musical relationship with his father Alfred Brendel led to many chamber music appearances throughout the world and culminated in much heralded performances and a Philips recording of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and piano, the A major cello sonata being chosen as the top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ programme. He still regularly appears with his father accompanying poetry readings with variety of solo cello repertoire.
His piano trio with Till Fellner and Lisa Batiashvili is much in demand throughout Europe, their appearances including concerts in Bonn, Hannover, Dresden, Vienna and at the Schleswig Holstein, Bath and Verbier festivals.
As a soloist, Adrian has played alongside Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Scottish National Orchestra or London Chamber Orchestra.
Adrian Brendel is co-founder of ‘Music at Plush’, a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, South-West England.