Andreas Brantelid & Gloria Chien

cello and piano

February 2, 2014

Music Room

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Scandinavian cellist Andreas Brantelid made his concerto debut at age 14 with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. Since then, he has established himself as one of Scandinavia‘s leading cellists, with performances throughout Europe and North America. He is currently a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Brantelid is joined by pianist Gloria Chien.

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Sonata in A minor, D. 821, Arpeggione

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Sonata for cello and piano


Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Intermezzo in A minor
Sonata in A minor

Andreas Brantelid was born in 1987 to Swedish Danish parents. He started playing the cello from a very early age, studying with his father Ingemar. He 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. This season he will make his debut with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado performing Dutilleux’s Tout un Monde Lointain at the Dortmund Konzerthaus, where he is a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist. He will also return to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to perform Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante and has further concerto performances in Amsterdam, Cologne and Stockholm.  Recent concerts have included the Tonhalle, Vienna Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Andris Nelsons, Jonathan Nott, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Robin Ticciati.

Brantelid’s recital and chamber appearances during this season include Alice Tully in New York, Tonhalle in Zurich, Paris, Chicago, Berlin and Helsinki. He has also performed recitals in New York (Carnegie Hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Paris, Vancouver, Barcelona, Ghent and several cities throughout Scandinavia.  In the 2008/09 season he was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organization for their ‘Rising Star’ recital series and performed in several major venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne and Stockholm Concert Hall. Brantelid enjoys collaborating with other musicians and plays regularly at important festivals including Vienna, Schlewswig-Holstein, Bergen, Verbier and the City of London. 

His debut concerto disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008. This was followed by a disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata (2010) and an Encore disc (2012).

Brantelid won first-prize in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition (2006) and the Paulo International Cello Competition (2007). He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2008.  He was also recently a member of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society in New York and the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme. He has studied with Mats Rondin, Torleif Thedéen and Frans Helmersson.

Brantelid plays the ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius from 1707, kindly lent to him by the Norweigan Art Collector Christen Sveaas. 

Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, Harvard Musical Association, Caramoor Musical Festival, Verbier Musical Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, she has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director and the following year was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival. A native of Taiwan, Chien is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, and is a member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. Chien is a Steinway Artist.

Andreas Brantelid performs the first movement from Schubert's Sonata in A minor, D. 821, Arpeggione.