Adrian is the cellist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence, Curator of Our Tunes/Dublin Music Town, cello/chamber music Fellow Teacher at RIAM. Adrian has won 16 International Prizes in Cello & Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Graz, Hamburg, Sofia, Rome).
He has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 46 countries (in venus such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH) including the Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bartok & Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles and the essential cello concertos (including PhE & Ch Bach, Handel, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Haydn, Beethoven, Tschaikovsky, Brahms, Lalo, C Saint-Saens, Elgar, Schumann, Dvorak, V Williams, Bernstein, Piazzola, P Constantinescu and C Dimitrescu).
Adrian had the honour to perform in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars). He has composed and arranged the music for the “Trop Tard” film (selected for Cannes Fest) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers”.
Adrian is celebrating this season the 20th Anniversary of Contempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Romania, Italy & Finland). He performs equally on baroque, modern & electric cellos.
His latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts!
His recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.
Since joining the Academy Adrian was involved in many wonderful RIAM projects (Stravinsky weekend, Wigmore Hall 1916 events, The Lynch Junior string quartets programme) collaborating with RIAM’s Orchestras, Junior/Senior String Quartets, Composition Students, Cello students and RIAM’s Alumni in different workshops, concerts, master-classes & lectures.
Last year he started a DMusPerf at Trinity/RIAM focussing on the string quartet literature in Ireland, hundred years after the Rising.
On 10th June 2016 Adrian and his colleagues from the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet were awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
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