Receiving a scholarship in 1982 to study with Yo Yo Ma, who praised him for his ‘great sound and technique’, Adrian van Dongen began his career performing cello concertos of Schumann, Boccherini, Kabalevsky, Beethoven’s Triple concert’ among others.
In 1986 he entered the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as second principal cellist and in 1991 was appointed to the same position in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Amsterdam. He worked with conductors like V. Gergiev, Sir C. Davis, D. Zinman
L. Maazel, D. Kitaenko, A.Lazarjev and Cl. Abbado and performed in the world’s finest concert halls.
He has given masterclasses in most European countries, Russia, Japan and the USA and has broadcasted on Dutch Radio, the BRT, Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande, RNE and Tsjech Radio and made several recordings on compact disc.
He participated in International festivals in Athens, Madrid, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Perugia, Murcia, Mallorca, St.Petersburg, Czech Spring and Concentus Moraviae.
In 2004 he moved with his family to Spain and was invited to give masterclasses in Benidorm, Madrid, Valencia, Ibiza, Castellón, Barcelona, Huesca e.o. He is member of ‘Trio Prisma’, an international group which made their debut in Salle Pleyel, Paris in 2009, In Sala Iturbi, Valencia in 2008 and regularly performs in major halls in Spain, France and the Czjech republic. In 2014 he played the solopart in the the premiere of J.de Mey’s cello concerto ‘Casanova’ in symphonic version in Castellón and Valencia.
As chamber musician he is active in the ‘Arensky Pianotrio’, the ‘Mediterranean Soloists’ and ‘Trio Opus 3’ and collaborated on stage with musicians as Christian Zacharias, Philippe Entremont, Gil Sharon, Claude Delangle, Gerard Poulet, Philippe Bianconi and Isabelle van Keulen.
Some press reviews: (la Republique) ‘’sumptuous singing in Schumann’’ ;( Brabants dagblad) ’’ Beethoven’s Triple masterly performed’’, (Levante) ‘’excellent sound and deeply expressive’’ ; (Trouw) ; ‘’strong and virtuoso playing in Kabalevsky’’
As barock cellist he has shared stage with musicians like F.Bruggen, R.Goebel, R.King and J.W. de Vriend. He is founder of Conjunto Barroco Valencia, an ensemble which dedicates itself to the interpretation of barock music in authentic style.
Adrian van Dongen, renowned pedagogue, whose pupils are price winners in international competitions and play in major orchestras ( Amsterdam, Helsinki, Bilbao, Valencia, Lausanne, Mexico City) has been Professor of cello and methodology at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (1983-2011) and at the ‘’American Conservatory’’ in Fontainebleau, France ( 1998-2004).
He is founder and artistic director of the International Music festival Valencia.