Praised for his “fluid virtuosity” and “soulful melodies,” Los Angeles native Brook Speltz has been inspired since childhood by the long tradition of deep musical mastery of artists such as Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Fournier, and the Guarneri String Quartet.
An extremely versatile cellist, Brook has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. First Prize winner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others, and is a regular performer at England's IMS Prussia Cove and on tour with Musicians from Marlboro. As an avid and sought- after chamber musician, Brook has been personally invited by musical giants such as Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode to collaborate in chamber music recitals and tours throughout the country.
Based in New York City, and an enthusiastic collaborator, Brook tours and performs with unique New York based ensembles such as the Shuffle ensemble, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and on the Omega Ensemble Series. As a member of the Shuffle ensemble, a unique group that presents music from a wide range of styles chosen each night by audience members from a preset “menu,” he loves having the opportunity to collaborate with audiences and musicians alike.
Performance highlights of Brook's upcoming season include two Carnegie Hall recitals with Richard Goode, a two week tour in Israel with the Shuffle ensemble, the Musicians from Marlboro East Coast tour, a premiere of Chris Rogerson's Cello Concerto in Buffalo, NY, and a performance of Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor with the Greenwich Village Orchestra.
A lover of all facets of the music world, he has enjoyed performing on extensive tours with the cello rock band Break of Reality, whose online video of the Game of Thrones cover immediately went viral and has already received over 4.5 million views. Their recent U.S. tour raised funds and awareness for music programs in public schools all around the country.
Brook studied at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, after his formative years of study with Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles. He performs on a 1756 J.C. Gigli on loan from his father, a cellist and his first inspiration in a family of professional musicians.