Antonio Meneses was born into a family of musicians in Recife in Brazil in 1957. He started to study the cello at the age of ten and studied under Antonio Janigro in Düsseldorf and later in Stuttgart. He won the first prize at the Munich Competition in 1977 and at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982, and had the honour of being loaned Pablo Casals’s cello. He is frequently invited to perform with the greatest orchestras all over the world and has played under the most eminent conductors, including Karajan (with whom he recorded Don Quichotte
by Richard Strauss and the Brahms Double Concerto), Abbado, Muti, Chailly, Rostropovich, Jansons, Masur, Temirkanov, and Thielemann. A keen chamber musician, Antonio Meneses was a member of the famous Beaux Arts Trio for ten years and plays regularly in a duo with Maria-João Pires. His extensive discography includes the complete Beethoven sonatas (with Menahem Pressler) and the complete works for cello of his compatriot Heitor Villa-Lobos. He has given courses on performance in Europe (at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena), Canada, and Japan. He has taught at the Musikhochschule in Berne since 2008.