Arun Rao

Arun Rao French cellist Arun Rao was born in London in 1969 and brought up near Bordeaux, France where he studied the cello with Georges Capdevielle and Robert Bex.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he studied under Raphael Wallfisch and Leonard Stehn, he settled in Dublin in 1991, quickly establishing himself as much sought-after freelance cellist in orchestral, solo and teaching fields.

His recitals of unaccompanied cello works by JS Bach, Reger, Piatti, Kodály, Britten and other twentieth-century composers have earned him considerable public and critical acclaim. He recently expanded his musical activities into arranging and  composing, also training in film-music scoring and conducting with FAS Screen Training, Ireland under Don Ray(2003–05).

Mr Rao formed the DUO CHAGALL with life-long partner, violinist Gillian Williams, instigating many ambitious projects and collaborations with world-class artists.  Their extensive duo and trio repertoire includes works by Mozart (string duo in B-flat, Divertimento, Sinfonia Concertante), Ravel (Sonate, Trio, Quartet), Brahms (Trios, Double Concerto), Delius (Double Concerto), Fauré, Schumann, and the premiere of a work by Raymond Deane they commissioned with Arts Council funding, Pentacle, in 2000 (Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin).