Antonio Meneses, Cello
“Three minds and bodies have been synthesized into a single
ANTONIO MENESES, a cellist of international renown, was born in Recife, Brazil, to a musical family. (His father was first horn player at the Opera of Rio de Janeiro.) The young Antonio began to study the cello at the age of ten. During a tour in South America, cellist Antonio Janigro asked Mr. Meneses to join his classes in Dusseldorf and in Stuttgart. In 1977, Mr. Meneses won First Prize at the International Competition in Munich. In 1982, he was awarded First Prize and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Mr. Meneses regularly performs with the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons), London Symphony Orchestra (Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Andrew Davis), Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt), New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Kurt Sanderling), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Jarvi), National Symphony Orchestra (Mstislav Rostropovitch), Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic (Gert Albrecht), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Meneses is a frequent guest at many international music festivals including Festival Pablo Casals in Puerto Ricco, the Festivals of Salzburg and Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, the Prague Spring Festival, La Grange de Mesley (the Festival of Sviatoslav Richter in France) and the Festival de Colmar (the Festival of Vladimir Spivakov in France.) Mr. Meneses was a featured as a soloist with the Mostly Mozart Festival during its tour of Japan in 1995.
In addition, Mr. Meneses regularly tours Europe and Japan in chamber music concerts with the Vermeer Quartet, the Amati Quartet and the Carmina Quartet. He performs each season with the Casals Hall Quartet in Japan.
Antonio Meneses has recorded Brahms' Double Concerto for violin and cello with Anne Sophie Mutter, and has also recorded Richard Strauss "Don Quixote," both for Deutsche Grammophon with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. Mr. Meneses has recorded the Tchaikovsky Trio for EMI/Angel, and the Six Suites of J.S. Bach for Nippon Phonogram. Other recordings include the D'Albert Concerto and works of David Popper, both with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Antonio Meneses has recorded the three concertos of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Antonio Meneses will be performing with the Beaux Arts Trio this summer at Tanglewood Music Festival to celebrate the Trio's 50th anniversary.