Vita

...The main work on the programme was the Appassionata Sonata played as only a true musician can.(Christopher Axworthy)

With Adrian Brendle a mature virtuoso entered the stage who delivered an accomplished, brilliant performance of Rachmaninoff's first piano concerto with immaculate pianism in his own arrangement for piano and strings.(Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 04.12.2018)

Adrian Brendle began learning the piano at the age of six and studied with Sontraud Speidel from the age of fourteen. One year later he was admitted to the Pre-College of the Hochschule für Musik 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 and graduated with distinction in 2014. His subsequent postgraduate studies with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music London culminated in obtaining the Academy's highest performance degree Advanced Diploma in 2018. He has been generously supported in his studies by the German National Academic Foundation and the Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust.

Adrian has won several prizes in international competitions, including second prize at the Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat; third prize at the International Hans-von-Bülow-Competition in Meiningen, which was followed by debuts in Weimar and Berlin; and first prize at the International Prof. Dichler Competition 2013 in Vienna. He also was a finalist in the 2016 Tallinn International Piano Competition. In 2018 he was awarded an Opus Klassik prize together with two pianist colleagues for their recording of George Antheil's A Jazz Symphony. Following his Steinway Hall London debut earlier that year he became a Keyboard Charitable Trust artist.

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. As well as across 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 received coaching from Hartmut Höll, Ralf Gothóni, Ian Brown and Adrian Brendel in this field. Furthermore, master classes with Christian Blackshaw, Dmitri Bashkirov, Alexander Braginsky, Bruno Canino, Cyprien Katsaris, Pascal Rogé, Jerome Rose, Natasha Vlassenko and Lilya Zilberstein have contributed to his artistic development.

Since January 2019 Adrian passes on his piano enthusiasm to his pupils at the Stuttgarter Musikschule.

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