Rudolf Leopold

The Viennese cellist Rudolf Leopold is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He completed his studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna. His passion for baroque music led him early on to Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus, where he recorded, among many other works, the Brandenburg Concertos of Bach. Rudolf was solo cellist for 25 years and he continues his collaboration with Concentus Musicus to the present day.

As a founding member of the renowned Vienna String Sextet, Rudolf enjoyed an international career spanning 25 years. With this ensemble he recorded the bulk of the string sextet literature for EMI and Pan Classics and wrote numerous arrangements for the sextet. His reconstruction of the first version of the Metamorphosen of Richard Strauss was published by Boosey and Hawkes and is performed around the world.

Rudolf Leopold has been Professor of Violoncello at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz since 1990. He previously taught chamber music at the University of Music in Vienna. He is also the founder of Il Concerto Viennese, which performed his reconstruction of Bach’s St. Mark’s Passion in 2013 at the Festival Osterklang in Vienna, with further performances in Innsbruck and Graz.

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