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Music at Mechanics': Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann
renowned cellist and bassoonist duo performs at Mechanics' Institute

Rebecca Rust, an American cellist, and Friedrich Edelmann, a German bassoonist, have been performing together for many years in chamber music, as soloists, and as soloists with orchestra. The duo will be performing selections from Loeillet, Bach, Beethoven, Piazzolla, and others. Rust is playing the cello of King Charles the 3rd of England - made by the British Luthier William Forster, also called “Royal Forster”; he made this cello in 1791 for George Frederick, Prince of Wales, who was crowned King George 4th in 1820.

The duo has performed in Europe, North Africa, America, China, Israel, and Japan, and were partly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Germany. In 2021 and 2023 they performed as soloists with the orchestra AudiMus in Udine, Italy, under conductor Francesco Gioia.

About the Performers:

Rebecca Rust, native of California, studied with Cello Professor Margaret Rowell before going to New York to study with Bernard Greenhouse, cellist of the Beaux-Arts-Trio, and then on to Cologne, Germany, where she received her Soloist’s Diploma, studying with Paul Szabo, cellist of the Vegh-Quartet. She finished her studies in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich.

Friedrich Edelmann, who grew up in Germany, studied with Alfred Rinderspacher, Klaus Thunemann, and Milan Turkovic. Edelmann was the principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the principal conductors Maestro Sergiu Celibidache (who was the patron of Rebecca’s and Friedrich’s Tokyo Suntory Hall debut) and others. During these 27 years, he also played under many famous guest conductors, Karl Böhm, Günther Wand, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Carlos Kleiber, among others.

His book Memories of 17 years as Principal Bassoonist under Maestro Sergiu Celibidache was published in Japan in 2009 (only in Japanese). English manuscript and Spanish translation available from [email protected]


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