38 year old British cellist Adrian Brendel has been announced as the new cellist of London's acclaimed Nash Ensemble.
The son of pianist Alfred Brendel, and a student of William Pleeth, Alexander Baille and Frans Helmerson, Brendel is a former member of the Music Society of Lincoln Center's prestigious CMS2 programme - and is the co-founder of the 'Music at Plush' summer festival in South-West England.
“I am delighted to be joining the Nash Ensemble, whose reputation as the UK’s leading chamber music collective has been so admirably developed during its first 50 years," Adrian has said, "...the musicians are of the highest caliber, and Amelia Freedman’s inspiring direction and programming – including her incredible commitment to a wide range of contemporary music – make this a wonderful project to be a part of.”
He will replace cellist Paul Watkins who joined the Emerson String Quartet in the 2013-14 season – replacing departing cellist David Finckel.
Brendel's first performance with the ensemble will take place on October 18th at London's Wigmore Hall – in a concert that will mark the start of the ensemble's 50th anniversary season.