He is a frequent guest at many international music festivals, including Festival Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico, the festivals of Salzburg and Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, and the Prague Spring Festival. He has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic (Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons), London Symphony (Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn), BBC Symphony, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt), Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Jarvi), the Moscow and St. Petersburg philharmonics, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra, in Washington D.C. (Mstislav Rostropovitch). In addition, he has regularly toured Europe and Japan in chamber music concerts with the Vermeer Quartet, the Amati Quartet, and the Carmina Quartet.
Meneses’ recordings include Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and cello with Anne Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, both for Deutsche Grammophon with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. In 2012, he was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Grammy for his album Gál & Elgar: Cello Concertos.
Meneses plays a Matteo Goffriller cello made in Venice ca. 1710. He lives in Basel, Switzerland.
Edinburgh-born musician Paul Galbraith is one of the finest active guitarists today, as well as a brilliant innovator. With the help of the eight-string Brahms Guitar that he developed together with David Rubio, he has expanded both the limits of the instrument and the quality and breadth of its repertoire. (The guitar is supported by an endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. Its two extra strings, one high and one low, increase the instrument’s range to an unprecedented extent.) As well as his guitar’s design, Galbraith’s playing position (first revealed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989) is considered a groundbreaking development in the history of the instrument.
A recipient of numerous accolades, perhaps the topper came early, in 1981, at age 17, after winning the Silver Medal at the First Segovia International Guitar Competition, when Andrés Segovia dubbed Galbraith “magnificent” and said, “He will be a great artist.” As a result of the award, Paul performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with the English Chamber Orchestra and six months later, entered BBC television’s Young Musician of the Year competition, winning the string section. His performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra brought overnight national renown. His success helped launch career playing with some of the leading orchestras around the world. Since the mid-nineties, Paul has toured the United States annually and performed throughout the UK, Switzerland, and the European Union, as well as in China, South America, South Korea, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Australia and Canada. Galbraith lived for many years in Brazil, where he will be touring again this summer. In the United States, he been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Performance Today.
Several highly acclaimed recordings attest to Galbraith’s innovations, as well as to his searching artistic temperament and mastery. His recording of Bach’s Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin, Nos. 1, 2 and 3, arranged for his eight-string guitar was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) in 1998. Gramophone magazine called the album a “landmark in the history of guitar recordings.”
Galbraith now lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife, Celia Medaglia, who is a lutenist.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Keyboard Sonata Hob XVI 36 in C# minor (trans. E minor)
Keyboard Sonata Hob XVI 31 in E major
Franz Schubert (1797–1828); piano part arr. Paul Galbraith
Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 (“Arpeggione”)
Clóvis Pereira (b. 1932)
Three Dances from Suite Macambira for solo cello (2007)
Written for Antônio Meneses
Radamés Gnattali (1906–1988)
Sonata for Cello and Guitar (1969)
André Mehmari (b. 1977)
Lyric Suite, or Four Places in Imaginary Brazil (2018)
Cordisburgo do sul
Córrego das almas—Andurá
Written for Antônio Meneses and Paul Galbraith