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Artist Profile:
Adrian Mantu

Dr Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the ConTempo Quartet (1995), Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s National Quartet since 2013.

He is the winner of 16 International Prizes (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Hamburg, Rome), performing over 3000 concerts in 46 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall New York, Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Gedai Tokyo, NCH Dublin) in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars).

In 2022 he was conferred with the Order of ‘Cultural Merit’ in the rank of Knight for his talent, enrichment of universal culture and promoting the image of Romania by the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis.

Adrian had the privilege to hold the Artistic Director positions of prestigious Festivals and Art Organizations. He arranged/recorded the music for “Trop Tard” film (Cannes Fest) and Steven Spielberg /Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers” and recorded for Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.

Adrian was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the the National University of Ireland, Galway and is in his final stages of completing his DMusPerf studies at TCD/Riam.

He commissioned/premiered over 300 new and neglected Irish works, representing Ireland in various EU projects both as a soloist and in cross-over ensembles.

Adrian’s cello is funded by Music Network, Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.