Thomas Brener and cellist Inbal Segev are a husband-and-wife team committed to championing new works for the cello by today’s most promising composers. Their current commissioning projects include a multimedia work by Gity Razaz and concertos by Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Fernando Otero, and Timo Andres.
Thomas Brener is a founding member of the steering committee of New Music USA’s New Music Connect: The Network For Friends of New Music. He is a managing director at Quadrant Capital, the investment advisor to the family of the late Julio Mario Santo Domingo. At Quadrant, Brener co-manages a diversified global portfolio of investments. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “first class” and “richly inspired” by Gramophone, and “deft and thoughtful” by the New York Times. Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of solo and chamber music that she performs. In addition her work as a soloist with many acclaimed orchestras internationally, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, she is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus.
Segev’s most recent releases include Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox) released September 2015 and a world premiere recording of works by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony (Albany). Her many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University.
Brener and Segev live in New York with their three children.