Antonio Meneses


Antonio Meneses

Antonio Meneses is an accomplished Brazillian cellist, boasting a fine reputation in both his solo and chamber performances.

Life and Music

  • Born in Recife, Brazil in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düseldorf and later in Stuttgart. In 1977, Antonio won the first Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1982; he was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
  • A devoted chamber music performer, Antonio Meneses has collaborated with the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet on tour as well as with pianists such as Nelson Freire, Menahem Pressler, Cristina Ortiz, and Gérard Wyss. Antonio has been a member of the Beaux Arts Trio since 1998.
  • As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses’ many recordings include two acclaimed recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Anne Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss' Don Quixote.

Did you know?
Antonio gives a series of masterclasses in Europe, America and Japan. He is also a teacher at Bern's Hochschule der Künste.