The cellist Peter Bruns has established an excellent reputation in the international music world to be one of the foremost German cellists.
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The American journal ´Early Music Review´ judged his CD recording of the 6 Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach to be "one of the best CD recordings of the year – perhaps of the decade...here we encounter the closest we have witnessed…to a new Casals."
Born in Berlin, Peter Bruns decided at the age of nine to learn the cello. On completing his studies under Prof. Peter Vogler at the "Hanns Eisler" College of Music in Berlin, he became principal cellist of the Staatskapelle Dresden for a couple of years while also performing as a soloist. Peter Bruns was also principal cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra for several seasons.
Since 1998, Peter Bruns has a professorship at the College of Music in Dresden, and since 2005 in Leipzig.
Peter Bruns has performed as a soloist in nearly every European country as well as in Israel, Asia, North and South America. As a soloist with the Dresden Staatskapelle under Giuseppe Sinopoli he has toured Japan, Hong Kong and Italy. Highlights in recent years have included solo concerts and events at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall New York, the Wigmore Hall London, Les Halles in Paris, the Semperoper Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Metropolitan Art Space Hall in Tokyo and La Salle Verdi in Milan. He has also performed at festivals in Kuhmo, Prussia Cove, Berliner Festspiele, Budapest Spring Festival, St. Prée, Ambronay, Bergen, Schwetzingen and at the Schubertiade Feldkirch.
His interest in the music language and instrumentation of the various stylistic periods has lead to close collaboration with renowned orchestras in this field, in particular with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, with whom Peter Bruns has performed for CD recordings and concerts including at festivals in Bergen/Norway, Belgium and Holland. He has also performed with them at the Köthener Bachfest, the Regensburger Tagen für Alte Musik and in concert series such as at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Wigmore Hall London.
In 1990, Peter Bruns founded the Dresden Piano Trio along with Kai Vogler, violin, and Roglit Ishay, piano. In addition to their many concerts in Germany, the trio has toured throughout Europe and Brazil. Moreover, between 1993 and 2000 Peter Bruns was one of the artistic directors of the Schloss Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival, where he collaborated with distinguished chamber musicians and soloists from all over the world. Peter Bruns frequently plays together with the Vogler Quartet and the Petersen Quartet.
Apart from his numerous radio recordings, Peter Bruns has also recorded a series of award-winning CDs. After recording the Brahms Sonatas (1997, Gramophone Choice of the Year), he recorded the Six Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1998, the Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Gabriel Fauré (Telerama ffff) in 1999 and the Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Ernest Bloch (FF Reference Recording |and Telerama ffff) in 2000. In 2001 he recorded for Harmonia Mundi a Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach concert in A minor together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (2001, Cannes Classical Award - Best CD of the Year). In 2003 he released recordings of the complete Schumann works and the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, and in 2005, together with the Staatskapelle Dresden, the complete works for cello and orchestra by Dvorak.
Peter Bruns plays on a cello made by Carlo Tononi of Venice in 1730. It was once owned by the legendary Spanish cellist Pablo Casals.