Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Leonard Elschenbroich
BBT Fellowship 2008

Leonard Elschenbroich - Biography

Leonard Elschenbroich received support from BBT between 2008 and 2011, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography visit

Since his success at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter under Christoph Eschenbach and received the Leonard Bernstein Award, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has been widely regarded as one of the most important and original German cellists of his generation. A protégé of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, he has caught the attention of today’s greatest international conductors. Subsequent invitations for orchestral debuts include Valery Gergiev for the Basel Symphony, Semyon Bychkov with the WDR Symphony and Manfred Honeck with the Swedish Radio Symphony, as well as from Dmitri Kitajenko and Fabio Luisi. A passionate chamber musician, he performed with Katia & Marielle Labéque at the Verbier Festival, Hélène Grimaud and Renaud Capuçon at the Chambery Festival and with Gidon Kremer at the Lockenhaus Festival. He has also given recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. This summer Leonard will give his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and will perform the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Other upcoming highlights include his debuts at the Musikverein in Vienna and the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Staatskapelle Dresden, his Spanish debut with the Russian National Philharmonic, as well as further concerto debuts at the Sala São Paulo in Brazil, Kölner Philharmonie, Laieszhalle Hamburg and Konzerthaus Berlin. Leonard has made his debut recording featuring works by Alfred Schnittke and an homage composition of his own to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Schnittke’s death. Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Leonard was invited to the Yehudi Menuhin School in London at the age of 10. He plays a cello by Matteo Goffriller “Leonard Rose”, Venice 1693, on private loan.

Last updated: January 2011

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust seemed too good to be true when I was told about it by other musicians and read about it on the internet. I was lucky to receive the BBT fellowship last year and have already made so much of it! I have spent a part of the grant on making a website, which was a very creative and ongoing process for which I am still receiving support and guidance by the BBT. The other main thing is that I have been able to contribute a part of the cost towards a great bow by Jean “Grand” Adam from 1850. I had a sponsor taking care of a large part of the cost but without the grant from the BB Trust I would not be playing it today! I am so honoured to be a part of this alumni of musicians and I know I always have someone to approach and to receive advice and guidance. With endless thanks to the incredible generosity of Ilaria and Franco Borletti-Buitoni, and the BBT-team.

Photographs by Felix Broede, Kaupo Kikkas