Completing his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, England, International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland and the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, Holland under the guidance of distinguished musicians Maurice Gendron, William Pleeth, Ralph Kirshbaum, Radu Aldulescu, Robert Masters, Alberto Lysy and Nadia Boulanger, Niall has since been described as possessing…”eloquent cello sonorities and dignified treatment of music that reaches the essence of its emotions”…”technical mastery of his instrument with excellent intonation …”the cello came to the fore with marvelous singing tone”…and in the past 3 decades, established himself as an internationally renowned cellist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
For nearly a decade as cellist of the prestigious Australian String Quartet, and as a principal cellist of both the Camerata Bern, and the Scottish Ensemble, Niall toured the world performing in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Centre, New York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Théâtre du Chatelet, Paris, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie, Berlin, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne Concert Hall, Australia and the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Menuhin Festival, Gstaad and Semaine Internationale de Piano, Blonay, Switzerland, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals of the Arts, Australia, Festival Lysy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and Incontri in Terra di Siena in Italy.
Niall has collaborated with such artists as Lord Menuhin, Nikita Magaloff, Janos Starker, Bruno Giuranna, Stephen Kovacevich, Paul Coker, Melvyn Tan, Edith Fischer, Alberto Lysy, Sine Nomine Quartet, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Thomas Füri and Milan Horvat.
His discography includes releases for Virgin Classics, ECM, Novalis, Claves, Doron, ABC Classics and Tall Poppies.
For more than 25 years, Niall partnered by his wife and pianist Isabelle Trüb in the “Trüb-Brown Duo” have performed widely across the globe to enraptured audiences. As exclusive artists for the Doron label, Switzerland, their many recordings include the complete cello and piano works by Fauré and Schumann, the Sonatas of Brahms and collected works of Hindemith. Soon to release the Sonatas by Shostakovich and Prokofiev they will next record the complete Sonatas and Variations by Beethoven. A recent review read; …“Cellist Niall Brown and pianist Isabelle Trub founded this duo in 1989 and they also happen to be married. It was a pleasure to experience such intensely vibrant and expressive playing as this. The long- standing musical partnership has produced that ideal blend of precision and flexibility that one always hopes for in chamber music making but which rarely occurs at this level. Apart from the superb individual technical abilities on display, there was that sense of breathing musically together and of being able to achieve those subtleties in phrasing and tempo that brings the music fully to life.”…
In 2009 Niall founded the “Automne Musical d’Ollon”, an eclectic music festival in a picturesque Swiss town comprising six concerts. Niall’s passion for chamber, 20th Century, contemporary and other musical genres is evident in the programming and commissioning of new music and great masterpieces of the standard repertoire.
A committed pedagogue, Niall has been professor of cello and chamber music at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, Australia and the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Currently professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire du Nord in Luxembourg, Niall is regularly invited to give master classes in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the United States. In 2015 he was invited as Visiting Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles for a period of several weeks and has recently given classes in cello and chamber music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, Australia and the National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Living in Luxembourg , Niall combines his position as co-principal cellist of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra with his teaching at the Conservatoire du Nord, Luxembourg, his many chamber music performances including with Isabelle Trüb, pianist in the “Trüb- Brown Duo” and his position as Artistic Director of the festival “Automne Musical d’Ollon” in Switzerland.
Pressquotes from: The Advertiser, Adelaide, The Cyprus Mail, The Press and Journal, Aberdeen and the Tasmanian Mercury.