grew up in Brazil, Canada, the United States and Uruguay and studied in Argentina,
Detroit, Michigan, and London, England, where he received teaching, Masters
and postgraduate degrees at the Royal Academy of Music.
He recorded Luis
di Matteo’s “Sus Suites para Bandoneon y Quinteto de Cuerdas” in 1995 with cellist Victor Adiego, violinist Julio Levinas,
violist Francisco Schlotthauer, and bassist
Carlos Weiske. In 1998, he debuted with the
Montevideo Philharmonic and premiered David Blake’s “Four
Intermezzi” with pianist Daniel Vaiman.
He led the
London Shostakovich Orchestra on 13th May 2000 when they
performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G major”
and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and “Symphony
No. 10” at St. Cyprian’s Church in Marylebone.
March 2001, he was one of several musicians who accompanied the Henri Oguike Dance Company in their performance of “Ile
Aye”, “Melancholy Thoughts”, “A Moment to Give”
and “Shot Flow” at the University of Bedfordshire Theatre.
Samuel Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” with the
London Shostakovich Orchestra on 19th May 2001 and it appeared
on the Dunelm CD #DRD0234.
In 2002, he
took over as concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay
and became a member of the Philharmonia.
Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto a la Rustica”
with violist Carol Hultmark, violinist Julian Milone, double bassist Neil Tarlton
and cellist Katherine Wood on 24th May 2006 at the Italian
Cultural Institute in London,
2007, Adrian, Carol and Neil joined violinists Deborah Preece
and Gideon Robinson for a jazz concert at the Red Violin Festival in Cardiff, Wales.
Burstin, Fiona Cornall
and Benjamin Hughes entertained at the Hotel Mantra Resort Spa & Casino
and Lake Golf Club & Resort in Punta
del Este, Uruguay,
in January 2008.
November 2009, the Philharmonia and soloist Simon
Trpceski interpreted Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat
minor” in between Zoltan Kodaly’s “Dances
from Galanta” and Modest Mussorgsky’s
“Pictures at an Exhibition”.
They teamed up
with Joshua Bell on 25th March 2010 for an all-Beethoven affair
that included the master’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
in D major” and “Symphony No. 3 in E flat major” (“Eroica”).
Adrian also goes by the moniker Kufu as a way to distinguish his performing of other
people’s works from his own.
His compositions include “Deep Sea Plunge”, “Dr.
Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”, “Escape from Buenos Aires”, “Over
the Green Bridge”, “Sunset Casapueblo”,
and “10,000 Miles”.
He has also arranged the second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s
“Keyboard Concerto in F minor” as a concert piece and Gustav
Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1” into a five-minute version
entitled “Chamber Titan”.