Photos, Videos, Reaction: Leonard Elschenbroich

24 November 2014

Award-winning German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich began a ten-date Irish tour in Dublin on 19 November 2014. Travelling to Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny, Birr, Clifden, Galway, Castlebar, Letterkenny and Dun Laoghaire, Elschenbroich performed an intruiging programme of music with which he has a deep affinity.

Take a look at his journey!



"While I particularly like the cello, this is was one of my all-time favourite concerts.  Apart from the playing, I really appreciated how we heard his voice (literally) tell us the music, the cello, etc. This was lovely, a real delight." - Maureen O'Rafferty, Dun Laoghaire

"Thank you @MusNetIrl and @LElschenbroich for a beautiful and compelling recital tonight.Bravo and all the best for rest the of the tour!" - Sharon Carty, Dublin

"Captivating performance by cellist @LElschenbroich #awestruck #cello #Limerick" - Sheila Deegan, Limerick

"Really enjoyed the recital at the Freemasons' Hall last night. Amazed that instrument crafted in 1698! #cello" - Donal Kerr, Dublin

"Saw him perform in Kilkenny last Saturday! Amazing concert! Don't miss it!" - Paula Dunne, Kilkenny

"Wonderful recital by Leonard Elschenbroich with Music For Galway last night and great introductions. Worth catching!" - Madeleine Flanagan, Galway

"We were delighted to attend the masterclasses in Sligo today, a great experience for the young musicians." - Moira Harkin, Sligo

"Clifden is an amazing town. We have the privilege of getting the Music Network tours which proved us with the best musicians in the world. Last night we heard the magic of a young, internationally awarded cellist, Leonard Elschenbroich, 'one of the most charismatic musicians of his generation.' Truly. With anecdotes about the pieces and his relationship to them, he spun us into the world of solo cello at its finest. Bach, Hindemith, Tavener, Piatti, Lombardi and Kevin Volans. Classical and modern pieces showed his incredible gift, which must have harnessed years of hard work and practice. It was stunning. Thank you Clifden Music Society. And Music Network supported by the Arts Council. Brilliant!" - Robyn Rowland, Clifden

"Attended Leonard Elschenbroich's sensational solo recital in Letterkenny RCC on Friday unforgettable experience! A beautifully assured performance of Bach, Volans and Tavener on a Matteo Goffriller cello made in 1693. The music was greatly enhanced by personal introductions by the musician, and an excellent slide show accompanied the closing piece. Thank you Leonard and Music Network!" - Seamus McGuire, Donegal


Watch Leonard performing on the first night of the tour at Freemasons' Hall, Dublin here.

The cellist also managed to squeeze in a few interviews at the start of the tour! Listen to him performing two pieces and chatting about the programme on Newstalk FM's The Pat Kenny Show here at 19 minutes. 

Luke Clancy of RTÉ lyric fm's Culture File also spoke to Leonard ahead of the tour about music, tears and some useful tricks with clingfilm! Listen back here.



                           Freemasons' Hall, Dublin (Dara Munnis Photography)

                           Freemasons' Hall, Dublin (Dara Munnis Photography)

                                            All Saints' Church, Limerick                            

                                                 The Model, Sligo

                                Masterclass for young musicians in Sligo


                                                 Sunset in Kilkenny

                                  Rehearsals in Castalia Hall, Kilkenny

                               Workshop for young musicians in Birr, Offaly


                                      Aula Maxima, NUI Galway

                                      Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

                                   Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

                                      Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Find out more about the tour here.