Andreas Brantelid

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2008

Born in 1987, Andreas Brantelid is already one of Scandinavia’s leading cellists and is quickly establishing an international reputation. He is currently a member of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society in New York performing regular concerts in that city and elsewhere in North America. During the 2010/11 season Andreas will make his debut with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Germany and Spain), Brussels Philharmonic (Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Andreas made his concerto debut at the age of 14 with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia, including the recent world premiere ofRosing-Schow’s Cello Concerto with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. His concerto engagements have also included the Stockholm Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. For the past two seasons, Andreas has been a member of the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme, playing with many of the BBC’s orchestras as well as recital and chamber performances.

In the 08/09 season he was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organization for their “Rising Star” recital series and performed in many major venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne and Stockholm Concert Hall. Last season Andreas made his debut at Carnegie Hall New York as well as performing in recitals in London and Paris. He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London in 2008 with Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg with whom he collaborates regularly. He also frequently collaborates with other musicians at important festivals including Vienna, Schlewswig-Holstein, Bergen, Verbier and London

In April 2008 EMI released Andreas’ debut concerto disc, to great critical acclaim. This recording features the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Schumann Concerto and Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. A disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata was released in January 2010.

Andreas was the first Scandinavian to win 1st Prize in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition (2006) and the Paulo International Cello Competition (2007). He is a scholarship holder of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust 2008 and was Danish Radio’s “Artist in Residence, 2007″. He has studied with his father Ingemar Brantelid, Mats Rondin, Torleif Thedéen and at present with Frans Helmersson at the Kronberg Academy. Andreas plays a 1665 Andreas Guarnerius “Terese” cello.