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Vision & Biography
„Roads were made for journeys not destinations .“Confucius
As a musician, I travel between worlds and times: my concerts bring me to different places around the world, discovering cultures, languages and different ways of life. And then, when I am working on a composition, I always teleport to the times and era of the composer's life.
In a way, I am a time traveler. Growing up in Singapore, and then Austria has made me somewhat a cultural cauldron; conflicting yet excitingly eclectic. But as soon as I am with my instrument, music transcends being; where I am and what surrounds me matter no more.
Comparing works of Johann Sebastian Bach with those of Luciano Berio, although entirely dissimilar, does not matter a bit when one is committed to deep understanding of the composition. Music is a universal language with endless permutations for human expression; for me, never a singular way of creation. Beyond my classical repertoire, I am constantly discovering new sounds scapes like electronic music.
Traveling means being in constant movement. However, my music keeps me anchored. To me, it is a timeless language that breaks down all geographical, political and religious differences.
Brendan Goh was born in Singapore in 1999 and began his cello studies with Liwei Qin, head of the cello department of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. He moved to Vienna, Austria, in 2013 and continued his education with Franz and Matthias Bartolomey at the Amadeus International School. In 2015 he entered the class of Lilia Schulz-Bayrova at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. Brendan took masterclasses with Valter Dešpalj, Reinhard Latzko, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson und Ivan Monighetti. In 2015 he was accepted as student at the renown Kronberg Academy for a masterclass with Miklós Perényi. He also received additional support from Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis.
Brendan is a laureate of the international “Young Virtuosos competition” 2017, winner of the “New York International Artists Cello Competition” 2017 and 1st prizewinner of the Austrian youth competition “Prima La Musica” 2018.
In 2011 Brendan made his solo debut with the Camerata Singapore playing the cello concerto in C Major by Joseph Haydn. This was followed by appearances in Singapore, Korea, Japan, Liechtenstein, Germany and Austria. In 2014 his first CD “Moments of Youth” with works by Bach, Schumann, Piazzolla and Paganini was released by the German label “ARS Production”.
2016 he made his debut in the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic as a soloist of the Camerata Berlin. As winner of the New York International Artists Competition, he performed in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2017. Since 2019, Brendan is artistic director of the concert series "Thursday Classics at AMADEUS" and the "Amadeus Festival Vienna" (Young Artists Programme) in Vienna.
Brendan plays on the cello “The Strad” (1844) of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Fotos: © Lukas Lorenz
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“Thursday Classics” is a concert series under the direction of cellist Brendan Goh. It is an exciting platform that not only showcases up-and-coming young artists, but also offers opportunities to work with established artists. A soundscape laboratory of sort, it allows new ideas to be presented to an audience ready for fresh energy. “Thursday Classics” is part of the ‘young artists’ focus of the AMADEUS Festival Vienna.