Dr Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the ConTempo String Quartet (1995), Fellows String quartet at the Royal Academy, London (1999-2003), Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and the RTÉ National Quartet or Ireland since 2013.
Adrian is the winner of 16 International Prizes (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Hamburg, Rome), performing over 3000 concerts in 49 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall New York, Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Gedai Tokyo, NCH Dublin) in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, King Charles III, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars).
In 2022 he was conferred with the Order of 'Cultural Merit' in the rank of Knight for his talent, enrichment of universal culture and promoting the image of Romania by the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis .
Adrian had the privilege to hold the Artistic Director positions of prestigious Festivals and Art Organizations, including Enescu Festival Dublin, Romania100 – Ireland, CelloVision Project, Luminosa Orchestra, Galway Music Residency.
He arranged/recorded the music many films including “Trop Tard” (presented at Cannes Fest) and Steven Spielberg /Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers”, and recorded for Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC CD labels.
Adrian was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the National University of Ireland and this year submitted his thesis to the University College Dublin for a degree of Doctor in Music Performance.
He took part in various EU projects both as a soloist and in cross-over ensembles, with ConTempo Quartet and CelloVision Project.
Adrian’s cello is funded by Music Network, Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.