Dr Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Ireland’s National Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence, since 2014 and cello/chamber music teacher at RIAM.
Last year he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by NUIG.
Adrian has won 16 International Prizes in Cello & Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Graz, Hamburg, Sofia, Rome).
He has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 46 countries (in venus such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH).
Adrian had the honour to perform in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars).
He has composed and arranged the music for the “Trop Tard” film (selected for Cannes Fest) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers”.
Adrian was celebrating last season the 20th Anniversary of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Finland, Romania, Italy & Sweden).
He performs equally on baroque, modern & electric cellos.
His latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts!
His recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.