Gabriel Mientka

Principal cellist, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt

Gabriel Mientka

In-person & Online

Critics across Germany have called Gabriel Mientka’s performances “brilliant,” “thrilling,” “passionate.” An American cellist, composer and conductor, Mientka completed his postgraduate studies with honors under Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. He began learning cello at the age of 8 with his father Tyme Mientka and completed his Diploma studies under Gerhard Mantel and Peter Wolf at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He acquired further artistic inspiration in master classes throughout Germany with Miklós Perényi, Claudio Bohorquez and Christoph Richter.

He was recently appointed principal cellist of the “Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt,” Germany’s leading classical/crossover orchestra which, in addition to having a classical symphonic concert season, has toured Europe with artists such as David Garrett, Peter Gabriel, Gregory Porter and legendary rock band Deep Purple.

Since coming to Europe in 2007, Mientka has played solo and chamber music concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland and Romania. He performs regularly with his wife, concert pianist Anca Lupu, as the Lupu-Mientka Duo. Their debut performance at “Die Kammermusik” in Wiesbaden, Germany, was met with critical acclaim, and they have since performed at the Neue Kurkonzerte Bad Nauheim, “Made in Wilhelmsbad” chamber music in Hanau and many other venues in the Rhein-Main region, as well as concerts in the USA.

He is also a member of the Frankfurt-based cello quartet “cellharmonics,” known for their eclectic programs spanning the genres of classical, jazz, rock, pop and film music, as well as original compositions. In 2013, Cellharmonics was invited to perform at the 20th anniversary of the German Cultural Center of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and has since performed at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the “MuseumsSalon” concert series and Stoffel Festival Frankfurt, “Klassik im Klub” in Wiesbaden, Musikfestwochen Donau-Oberschwaben and the “Gegen den Strom” Festival, Bad Ems, and has toured Mientka’s home state of Colorado, USA.

Additionally, Mientka teaches cello and is orchestra director at Frankfurt International School.


June 2, 2021

Dear applicants and interested applicants, we are so glad to let you know that we received applications worldwide, from the USA, Puerto Rico, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy, Poland, England, France, Georgia, and Lebanon.

Many of you wrote to us that would like to apply and come in person, but your country is still having some limitations about travelling and quarantine upon your return. This is why this year we want to be extremely flexible with all of you dealing with these issues. As a result, the LIMF team decided to extend the deadline to the Festival IN-PERSON to Sunday July 4, 2021.

Please, be aware that if you are applying last-minute, classes might be full and accommodation opportunities limited, however, we will keep the information posted on our website and we will do our best to welcome you in the best way possible to Lunigiana.

For any doubt and information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at: . We are always here to assist you.

Regarding ONLINE applications, a final deadline has been fixed to Wednesday June 10, 2021.

We thank you all and we look so much forward to welcome as many of you as possible to Lunigiana!


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