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BCS - Bruno Schrecker
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Bruno
Schrecker

Bruno Schrecker, Cello

Bruno Schrecker was born in Frankfurt-Am-Main in 1928. Like so many others, he moved with his parents and grandparents to Britain just before the Second World War. Bruno listened to his brother Peter playing Beethoven violin sonatas and decided that he too wanted to learn an instrument (it would need to be bigger than the violin, hence the cello!)

Under the guidance of Karel Horritz he gained a place at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Ivor James. In 1953 he was awarded a French government scholarship to study with Pablo Casals, and this experience influenced his playing and teaching from that moment. Bruno then joined the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Szymon Goldberg.

He formed the Oromonte String Trio from that orchestra with Margaret Major and Perry Hart and developed an abiding love for chamber repertoire as well as making solo broadcasts. In 1967 he replaced William Pleeth as cellist with the Allegri String Quartet and this became the central platform for his performing and recording life. The Quartet was, for many years, resident at Oxford.

The Allegri worked with Benjamin Britten on their acclaimed Decca recording of his 1st and 2nd Quartets. There are many much-loved recordings from this period and these were often selected by the BBC on record reviews.

Bruno retired from the Quartet in 1998. He often visits Chetham's School to give master classes. He has previously performed the Elgar Concerto with Jason Thornton and Bath Philharmonia and teaches solo and quartet repertoire in Bath. He continues in retirement to inspire others with his deep understanding and love for the cello.

August 2015


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