Adrien Zitoun, cello

          Cellist Adrien Zitoun joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and is also a member of the contemporary music group Present Music.


          In 2001, as a member of the Eusia String Quartet, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.  They tour regularly throughout the US, Finland, France and Japan.


          They released three CDs. They recorded the Korngold piano quartet with Izumi Tateno for AVEX Classics. They also recorded  the second Britten string quartet in C, Takemitsu A Way A Lone, Takemitsu/ Kosma Automn Leaves, and Purcell Chacony in g minor (arr. Britten). This recording got an award in 2006 in Japan for best chamber music recording. The third recording was made with pianist James Dick and features the second piano quintet by Fauré and the Shostakovich piano quintet. Their recording of the Takemitsu/Kosma Automn Leaves is also featured on a Book/CD dedicated to Takemitsu.


          Adrien Zitoun was also a member of the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Japan. The ensemble, which has recorded 4 CDs, works under the leadership of violinist Yuko Mori. The ensemble received the "Critic Club Award" in 1999, the "ABC Music Award" and the "Japan Pen Club Award" in 2004.


          In his native land of France, Mr. Zitoun studied musicology at the University of Sorbonne in Paris for one year, before being accepted into the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon, where he studied cello with Yvan Chiffoleau. At this time, he also played with the Ensemble Orchestral de Mâcon and Symphony Orchestra of Lyon-Villerbanne and taught at the Privas and Brignais School of Music.


          In 1996, he obtained scholarships that enabled him to continue his music studies in the United States. Here, Mr. Zitoun earned his Artist Diploma and a Masters of Music from Indiana University where he studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janós Starker.


          Mr. Zitoun is an active teacher.  He teaches at the Wisconsin Lutheran College, coaches the Phiharmonic and Senior Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestras, as well as having dedicated private students.  In 2016, Mr. Zitoun, along with his cellist wife Braden Zitoun, co-authored the book Play Cello Today!, published by Hal Leonard.  He recently received the 2017 CIVIC MUSIC Certificate of Excellence for Studio Music.