A musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth. New York Times


Described by the New York Times as “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth”, Leonard Elschenbroich has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation. His many awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. In 2012 he was accepted onto the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme and was named as Artist-in-Residence of Deutschlandfunk for the 2014-15 season. He has also been Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen since 2013.

Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Mark Elder, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrew Litton, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Vasily Sinasiky, and Edo De Waart.

As soloist he has performed with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Swedish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made five appearances at the BBC Proms.

As a recitalist, Elschenbroich has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Concertgebouw, Frick Collection, Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Lucerne, Gstaad, Rheingau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Schleswig Holstein Festivals. Regular chamber music partners include Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, Usher Hall and at the Hong Kong and Istanbul International Festivals.

A committed performer of contemporary music, Elschenbroich has commissioned several new works from composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin. In May 2017, he will give the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s first Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Juanjo Mena.

Elschenbroich’s debut CD for Onyx Classics of Sonatas by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich was released in 2013 and received 5-star reviews from The Telegraph, Guardian as well as Editor’s Choice in GramophoneHis second disc was released in 2014 and featured Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No 2 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Future releases on Onyx include works by Schnittke and concertos by Saint-Saens and Dutilleux with the BBC Scottish Symphony.

In 2012 he became Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the country’s first national orchestra which he co-founded. His commitment to the orchestra sees him return to Bolivia on a regular basis to perform with the orchestra as well as leading educational projects in the area. Other highlights in South America have included appearances with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Belo Horizonte Orchestra and Medellin Philharmonic as well as recitals in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Sao Paulo.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include debut appearances with the Bergen Philharmonic/Gardner, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Asbury and the NDR Hanover/Poschner, as well as a 17-date tour of Germany with the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra. He returns to the BBC Philharmonic , RTE National Symphony Orchestra and joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on tour. Recital engagements take him to Korea, Japan, New York and Miami. He takes part in the Britten Weekend in Aldeburgh working in conjunction with dance company Dance East and performing works by Bach, Britten, Tavener and Lutoslawski.

Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. He later studied with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy. He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller “Leonard Rose” (Venice, 1693), on private loan.


Matteo Goffiller “Ex-Rose-Ex-Piatti”
Venice, 1693
Private loan since 2005



Concerto repertoire

Bloch – Schelomo for cello and orchestra

Bridge – Oration, Concerto Elegiaco for solo cello and orchestra

Dutilleux – Tout un monde lointain… concerto for cello & orchestra

Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B minor

Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor

Ginsatera – Cello Concerto No.1 op. 36

Goehr –   Romanza for cello and orchestra

Haydn –  Cello Concerto No 1 in C major
Cello Concerto No 2 in D major

Honegger – Cello Concerto

Kabalevsky – Cello Concerto No 2 in C minor

Khachaturian –  Cello Concerto in E minor

Lalo – Cello Concerto in D minor

Lindberg – Cello Concerto No 2

C. Matthews – Berceuse for Dresden

Lutoslawski – Cello Concerto

Prokofiev -Sinfonia Concertante

Rota – Cello Concertos No 2

Saint – Saens -Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor

Schumann – Cello Concerto in A minor

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No 1
Cello Concerto No 2

R. Strauss – Don Quixote

Stravinsky – Suite Italienne (arr. for cello and strings, Benjamin Walfisch)

Walton – Cello Concerto

Tavener – The Protecting Veil

Tchaikovsky –  Variations on a Rococo Theme (Fitzenhagen)

Turnage – Cello Concerto; Kai

Zimmermann – Cello Concerto


Concertos for multiple soloists

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto

BRAHMS Double Concerto

PENDERECKI Concerto Grosso


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