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Born in Recife, Brazil, Antonio Meneses won the ARD Munich International Competition (1977), and the first prize and gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982). He has played with the most famous orchestras, led by the most prestigious conductors in the world. Always active in the chamber music repertoire, he was a member of the Beaux Arts Trio (1998-2008), has collaborated with the Vermeer Quartet, and has performed in duo with the pianists M. Pressler and M. J. Pires. His discography includes the complete works for cello by Villa Lobos, the Brahms Concert for violin and cello with Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Don Quixote by R. Strauss under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.
Since 2008 he teaches at the Conservatory of Bern and holds master classes in Europe (Madrid – Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía), the Americas (Domaine Forget) and Japan (Tokyo University).
He taught at the Accademia Chigiana in 1997 and resumed teaching there in 2002.