Violinist - Conductor - Composer
Brenton Langbein was born at Gawler in 1928 to parents of German and Scottish Ancestry. He started violin studies at the age of 5 and gave his first major public recital in Tanunda Town Hall aged 8 years.
At 11 years he won a scholarship to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studied under Ludwig Schwab and started playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra when fourteen.
In 1948, Aged 20, Brenton became a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a solo performer, while studying composition under Sir Eugene Goosens.
He moved to Europe in 1951 to study in Switzerland and Vienna and with celllist Pablo Casals. In 1953 Brenton settled permanently in Zurich and became leader of Paul Sacher's Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra.
Following an appointment as violin professor at Basle Acadamy he established an acclaimed duo with Australian Pianist Maureen Jones and then a famous trio with Maureen Jones and Horn Player Barry Tuckwell.
Brenton Founded and led the internationally renowned Die Kammermusiker Zurich which performed regularly in Europe, England, America and Australia. He established youth orchestra schools in Zurich and Basle and became Musical Director of the Opera Factory. Zurich.
Brenton gave the first performance of the Hans Werner Henze, Second Violin Concerto (which was dedicated to Langbein) at the 1972 Adelaide Festival of Arts.
He played and conducted regularly in Australia. He was musical Director of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and Co-Founder of the prestigious Swiss Nageli medal for services to music.
He died in Zurich in 1993 and is buried at Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley.