Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas


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Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas


Cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas’ impassioned voice made an immediate arresting impression with more than a hint of the pathos heard in the great cellists of the past, e.g., Casals and du Pré.
Herald Tribune

A cellist of exceptional ability, Adolfo Gutiérrez is one of the great figures of current Spanish music, with "one of the most incredibly attractive tones currently heard in the world".

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Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas was born in Munich of Spanish parents, where he first studied piano. At the age of 14, he began playing the cello; he graduated from the Reina Sofia School of Music and participated in master courses with cellists as János Starker and Ralph Kirshbaum. He received decisive impulses from Bernard Greenhouse, cellist of the legendary Beaux-Art-Trio and from Gary Hoffman. In 2002, he was awarded the Maurice Ravel prize of the Ravel Academy in Ciboure as soloist and chamber musician and began his international career.

In 2010, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas gave his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious concert series Ibermúsica in Madrid. Further engagements followed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and the Orquesta Nacional de España under Ton Koopman. He also performed with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski and again with the Orquesta Nacional de España under Krzysztof Penderecki. He is a regular guest of all major Spanish orchestras. Invitations to North and South America led him to orchestras like the Fort Worth Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the Sarasota Symphony under Anu Tali and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. He has collaborated with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Michael Tilson Thomas, Roberto Minczuk, Pablo González and Antoni Ros-Marbà. In 2021/2022, he will return to Germany to give several recitals and solo concerts, such as his debut with the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz under Guillermo García Calvo.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas has performed at major venues all over the world, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles and the Palau de la Música in Barcelona.

He also is a devoted chamber musician and has appeared at festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mendelssohn Festival of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Festival Música y Danza Granada, the Ravinia Festival and the Montreal Symphony Summer Festival with partners like Josu de Solaun, Gilles Vonsattel, Christopher Park and Alissa Margulis.

Among his recordings are works by Barber, Rachmaninov and Piazzolla. His recordings of Bach’s six solo suites for cello and Beethoven’s cello sonatas with the pianist Christopher Park (Odradek records, 2020) have been highly acclaimed. In 2019, his recording of all works for cello and orchestra by Dvořák with the Magdeburgische Philharmonie under Kimbo Ishii has been released on the label IBS Classical and also received enthusiastic reviews in Germany and abroad. He has just recorded cello works by Schubert and Schumann with pianist Josu de Solaun.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas plays a cello by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1673).

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Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas , despite his youth, is a musician of infinite talent capable of filling, by himself, the bare stage of the Teatro Principal in Alicante with his personality, perfect sound, extreme delicacy, expertise and his balanced execution

Sociedad Conciertos Alicante (Translated - ESP)

Once again, Gutiérrez Arenas gave a whole instrumental and musical lesson, thanks to a solid marble technique and a musical expression that combines naturalness, contained passion and exquisite taste in phrasing, all served by that exceptional handling of the bow.

Scherzo Magazine

The interpretative work of Gutiérrez Arenas was in the fullness of elegance and expressive force


Adolfo Gutiérrez was very good, elegant and precise in his phrasing. The central passage of the second movement was especially beautiful, with the double strings, which sounded noble and sentimental – perhaps it was the great interpretative quality of the soloist, the nobility in the enunciation.

Scherzo Magazine

Cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas’ impassioned voice made an immediate arresting impression with more than a hint of the pathos heard in the great cellists of the past, e.g., Casals and du Pré.

Herald Tribune

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas must possess one of the most incredibly attractive tones currently heard in the world (...) and is one of the great cellists of the beginning of this new century.

Scherzo Magazine

Arenas gave the Laló Concerto more than a fair chance to impress… His performance was a hit with the audience and the orchestra members as well.

Theater Jones

The Lalo Concerto is a listenable work though one might have some reservations: on the positive side of it is Gutiérrez´s accurate, warm toned performance, handsomely seconded by Harth-Bedoya. It would be a treat to hear the cellist in a somewhat more susbtantial work.

Star Telegram

Selected Discography —

“Loss&Love” SHUBERT-SCHUMANN – Josu de Solaun-piano/Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas-violonchelo

Dvorak: Works for Cello

Beethoven: The Cello Sonatas

J S Bach: Cello Suites

Cello Works: Barber - Piazzolla - Rachmaninov

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