INSTRUMENT
CELLO

Adrian was born in Bucharest, Romania and studied at the George Enescu Music School and the “George Enescu” University of Music Bucharest, gaining his performing diploma and MA in performing and teaching with maximum points.

He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Académie Européenne de Musique in Aix-en-Provence, Cork School of Music and Banff Centre for the Arts Canada, under the guidance of Radu Albulescu (from Menuhin School), Martin Lovett, Stefan Popov (from the Guildhall School of Music in London), Zara Nelsova, Antonio Lysy, Lawrence Lesser, Marin Cazacu, Josef Calef and members of the renowned Alban Berg Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, Vellinger quartet, St Lawrence string quartet, Hagen quartet, Quartetto Italiano and Arditti quartet .

He has an MA in Music performance with first class honours from Cork School of Music.

This year he started a DMusPerf at Trinity/Riam exploring 100 years of String Quartet history in Ireland since the Rising.

Adrian has been the cellist in the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet since its foundation in 1995. The group studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, UK, Banff Centre for the Arts Canada, Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid and have taken part in numerous master classes under the guidance of distinguished musicians including Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Niessel and Martin Lovett from the legendary Amadeus Quartet, Gunther Pichler & Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartet), Rainer Schmidt (Hagen quartet), Piero Farulli (Quartetto Italiano), Hugh Maguire, Walter Levine and Milan Skampa.

On cello, Adrian has won 12 National competitions in Romania, two International Prizes in cello

Competitions in Bucharest (Jeunness Musicales – 2nd prize) and in Sofia (where he won the Orpheus medal) and was awarded the Romanian Musical Critics’ Union Award.

As a member of the RTÉ ConTempo quartet, he has won a record of 14 International prizes (including London String Quartet Competition, Wigmore Award, Berlin, Graz, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Weimar and Rome).