Leonard Elschenbroich - cello
Described by the New York Times as “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth”, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has performed as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. He gave his Vienna Musikverein debut on a European Tour with the Staatskapelle Dresden, his US debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, his Asian debut at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and has appeared five times in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Bychkov, Eschenbach, Dutoit, Honeck, Karabits, Kitajenko, Letonja, Mena, Gardner, Tortelier and Sinaisky. He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, NDR Hanover, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield his engagements include the Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
A committed chamber musician, Elschenbroich performs regularly in duo recitals with Alexei Grynyuk and with this Trio, the Benedetti-Elschenbroich-Grynyuk Trio which has toured through Europe, the USA, South America and Australia. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Concertgebouw, Frick Collection, Ravinia Festival and the Lucerne, Gstaad, Rheingau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Schleswig Holstein Music festivals.
He is a champion of contemporary music and gave the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s Cello Concerto (2018) which was written specially for him on a commission from the BBC. He has also performed concertos by Gilbert Amy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Peteris Vasks, Magnus Lindberg, Colin Matthews and Brian Elias and has commissioned new works from composers including Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin.
Elschenbroich records for Onyx and his latest release - a cycle of Beethoven Cello Sonatas - was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Chamber Choice in BBC Music Magazine (5 stars). Earlier releases include Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No 2 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Litton, a Hommage to Schnittke, Concertos by Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns, and a sonata disc with works by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone). He records the Brahms Cello Sonatas in 2021 for release later this season.
Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and continued his studies with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy. His awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. He was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2012-14), Artist-in-Residence at Deutschlandfunk (2014-15) and Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen (2013-16). He is Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia which he co-founded in 2012 and returns on a regular basis both for performances and to lead educational projects.
He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller "Leonard Rose" (Venice, 1693), on private loan.
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello), Alexei Grynyuk (piano).
Photos © Felix Broede