Bruno Delepelaire | Picture: Stefan Höderath



Born in Paris, France
Member since 07.01.2015


Bruno Delepelaire brings the cello repertoire to life "with clarity and fire", according to Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel; the Paris-born musician, who studied in his home city and in Berlin, "plays beautifully enough to make you cry" (Berliner Morgenpost). He has been principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker since November 2013, but had already played in the orchestra's ranks before that: "I still remember my first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. At the time, I was a member of the Karajan Academy, and we played Beethoven's Third Symphony under Bernard Haitink. The energy emanating from the orchestra was incredible. I was immediately swept away, it was a dream!"

Just a few months after his appointment, Bruno Delepelaire took over the solo cello in Strauss' Don Quixote in the Philharmoniker's concerts under the direction of Semyon Bychkov. Since then, he has repeatedly appeared as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker in works as diverse as Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 and John Williams' Elegy for Cello and Orchestra. Bruno Delepelaire, who also performs regularly with other orchestras, has won prestigious prizes both as a soloist and with his string quartet Quatuor Cavatine. He can also be heard as a chamber musician in the Berlin Piano Quartet and with the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


2nd prize: Banff International String Quartet Competition (as a member of Quatuor Cavatine, 2013)
1st prize: Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition (2013)
1st prize: “Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition”.

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Berlin Piano Quartet
Berlin Philharmonic String Sextet

If I were not a musician ...
Bruno Delepelaire is a birdwatcher.

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Bruno Delepelaire (on the right) next to two green parrots (on the left).
Bruno Delepelaire | Picture: Espen Eichhöfer / Ostkreuz

Bruno Delepelaire plays Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2
Concert clip

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2, Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Michael Sanderling (conductor), recorded at the Philharmonie Berlin, 1 June 2019

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