Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas
Cello

“Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas must possess one of the most incredibly attractive tones currently heard in the world… and is one of the great cellists of the beginning of this new century!” (Levante, December 2014)

Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)78 8466 4051

Biography

In partnership with Polyarts

Adolfo is an outstanding cellist and winner of the Ravel prize 2012. He made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in the prestigious Ibermusica series, in Madrid, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto which was quickly followed by invitations from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Charles Dutoit), Orquesta Nacional de España (Ton Koopman) and a recital invitation for the Mendelssohn Festival at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus.

Current highlights include his debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski) as well as a return to Orquesta Nacional de España to work with Krzysztof Penderecki. Earlier this year he made his US orchestral debut with Fort Worth Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya and he will return to North America later this year for the Ravinia Festival and Montreal Symphony’s Summer Festival. His recent South American debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, was an outstanding success and he has immediately been reinvited. 

In partnership with Polyarts

Adolfo is an outstanding cellist and winner of the Ravel prize 2012. He made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in the prestigious Ibermusica series, in Madrid, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto which was quickly followed by invitations from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Charles Dutoit), Orquesta Nacional de España (Ton Koopman) and a recital invitation for the Mendelssohn Festival at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus.

Current highlights include his debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski) as well as a return to Orquesta Nacional de España to work with Krzysztof Penderecki. Earlier this year he made his US orchestral debut with Fort Worth Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya and he will return to North America later this year for the Ravinia Festival and Montreal Symphony’s Summer Festival. His recent South American debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, was an outstanding success and he has immediately been reinvited. 

In his native Spain, Adolfo regularly performs with all the major orchestras including Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, among others.

The Young Artist International Organization invited Adolfo to participate at the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, California. His recital tours in the United States led him to play in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles. 

Adolfo has performed at major venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, l’Auditori and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia and Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao. He has collaborated with conductors such as Edward Gardner, José Ramón Encinar, Roberto Minczuk, Pablo González, Anu Tali, Antoni Ros-Marbà to name a few.

Adolfo has recorded Barber, Rachmaninov and Piazzolla and the complete cycle of the cello suites by J.S. Bach, all recorded on the Verso label. He is currently working on a recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Christopher Park.

Adolfo plays a Francesco Ruggieri, handcrafted in Cremona in 1673. 

Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)78 8466 4051

Reviews

“While the Lalo Concerto showed off Arenas’ romantic virtuoso, his encore, the Sarabande from J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor, revealed his artistry, as he eased into the hypnotic loneliness of that profound musical miniatura” (Frontrow, January 2015)

“The night's big surprise was Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, who must possess one of the most incredibly attractive tones currently heard in the world!  This beautiful sound was highlighted by the wonderful LALO Concierto due to his success in creating the leading voice half way between introversion and extroversión, inhibition and expansion and intimacy. The gift he gave us as an encore- The Sarabande - Bach Suite was heavy with such emotion, yet so lacking of pretention or affectation, it convinced us all that we were in the presence of one of the great cellists of the beginning of this new century!” (Levante, December 2014)

“While the Lalo Concerto showed off Arenas’ romantic virtuoso, his encore, the Sarabande from J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor, revealed his artistry, as he eased into the hypnotic loneliness of that profound musical miniatura” (Frontrow, January 2015)

“The night's big surprise was Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, who must possess one of the most incredibly attractive tones currently heard in the world!  This beautiful sound was highlighted by the wonderful LALO Concierto due to his success in creating the leading voice half way between introversion and extroversión, inhibition and expansion and intimacy. The gift he gave us as an encore- The Sarabande - Bach Suite was heavy with such emotion, yet so lacking of pretention or affectation, it convinced us all that we were in the presence of one of the great cellists of the beginning of this new century!” (Levante, December 2014)

“Gutiérrez transforms his instrument in a way that it becomes a perception of the world around him. His mastery of the cello’s tonal qualities, flute-like at times, allows it to emerge from the body of the orchestra as a transfigured and chameleonic presence. This lyricism was evident in the 'Allegretto con moto’, in which orchestra and conductor were driven by Gutiérrez’s strong musical personality.” (Nueva España, 2013, on Gutiérrez’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit)

“Once in a while it’s nice to be surprised. Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas’ presence as a cellist is a high quality surprise … here is a major, splendid musician and cellist.” (El Pais, 2012)

Discography