The American cellist Fred Edelen grew up among his father’s records, stacks of music and a piano, which he began playing at the age of six. But when as a ten-year-old boy he heard a recording by Jacqueline du Pré, he determined to take up the cello. He studied in Bloomington and The Hague on a Fulbright scholarship with teachers including Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman and Richte van der Meer.
Edelen served as principal cellist of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra for three years and was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed assistant principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in August 2003.
He and his wife, harpsichordist Christina Edelen, make up the Duo Edelen. They founded a chamber music series at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston ten years ago and regularly return to perform there. Fred Edelen also performs with the Egmont Quartet and the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2005 Fred Edelen plays a J.B. Rogeri cello, purchased by RCO Foundation and given to him on loan. He also plays a baroque cello from an anonymous builder (1680).