New Zealand Herald
“Taking the solo spot of the evening, 23-year-old Andreas Brantelid illuminated Elgar’s Cello Concerto with all the impetuousness and energy of youth….The Adagio was as poignant as any, subtle in its dynamic swells and phrasing, while Brantelid positively teased his way into the final Allegro molto, with its often edgy and unpredictable mood-swings.”
The Sunday Times
“The Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid is only 23, but, with his Armenian pianist, he reveals astonishing maturity, bringing youthful freshness and vigour. With their Norwegian violinist, they are delightfully exuberant in the trio.”
“This was a cohesive interpretation in which the lighter elements, deftly handled, were never over-shadowed by the adagio which was pensive and melancholy… The tussle between resignation and defiance was made all the more vital, with Brantelid’s vividly projected playing always matched by the orchestra.”
“Brantelid comes more to the fore in the Sonata and in the Grand Duo, and, in harmony with Shirinyan, does so with terrific panache and innate sensibility and with a tone that is both burnished and malleable…his interpretations reveal a stylistic insight, elegance and emotional power to match his striking technical aplomb.”
“Brantelid played the first theme beautifully. His technique and intonation were exposed in the demanding high register and particularly impressive was that this 22 year old crafted the slow movement elegantly, beautifully and full of feeling.”
BBC Music Magazine
“Brantelid’s ability to reach the emotional core of a work is as evident here as on his previous disc, particularly in the Sonata. There is more supple delivery of technical challenges too, whether silky-smooth double stopping, or fast runs executed with both precision and panache…The overall sound is warm, technically perfect, and imbued with a youthful enthusiasm that is underpinned by interpretational maturity.”
Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. After receiving early tuition from his father Ingemar, Andreas made his soloist debut at the age of 14 in a performance of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen. Today, Andreas is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.
Highlights of recent orchestra engagements includes appearances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Mahler Chamber Or¬chestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Yomiyuri Nippon Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Seattle Sym¬phony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as all the major orchestras in the Nordic countries. He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andrew Manze, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Robin Ticciati, and Heinrich Schiff.
The 2016/2017 season sees his debuts as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Kammer¬aka¬demie Potsdam, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, and the Iceland Philharmonic, as well as re-invitations to Dublin’s RTE Symphony, the Danish National Symphony Or¬chestra, Gävle Symphony, Aarhus Symphony and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras. Chamber music performances will bring him to the Beethovenfest Bonn, the BOZAR in Brussels, Bergen Festival, and BR Klassik radio in Munich among others. He will also perform all cello sonatas by Beethoven with Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland. Andreas will be on an extensive China tour together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2017.
Among the musicians who inspired and strongly influenced Andreas are pianist Bengt Forsberg and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, both of whom Andreas has played with since 2002 in different chamber music formats. Andreas has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power and Paul Badura-Skoda. Recently he has formed a trio with German violinist Veronika Eberle and Israeli pianist Shai Wosner.
Mr. Brantelid has appeared in venues such as Dortmund Konzerthaus, where he has been a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist, New York (Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Zurich (Tonhalle), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw) , Barcelona (Palau de la Música), Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Tokyo (Metropolitan Theatre). He also performs at festivals including Verbier, Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Bergen, Risør, Kuhmo, and Wiener Festwochen, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
His debut disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns cello concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008, followed by a disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata (2010), and an Encore disc (2012). A recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Grieg was released by BIS in March 2015. Gabriel Fauré’s complete works for cello and piano will appear as a BIS recording in 2016.
Andreas won first prizes in the 2006 Eurovison Young Musicians Competion, the 2007 International Paulo Cello Competition and, in subsequent years, received music awards and fewllowships including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008, the BBC’s New Generation Artist 2008-2011, The Europan Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star” tour in the 2008/09 season. In 2015 he received the Carl Nielsen Prize in Copenhagen.
Andreas plays the 1707 ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius, which has been made available to him by the generous support of Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas. Andreas Brantelid lives with his wife and two daughters in Nærum near Copenhagen