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234th Season

Mario Brunello


Mario Brunello is one of the most important names in the Italianand international music scene.

In the year 1986, Brunello was the first Italian to ever win theИaikovskij Competition, which launched him into a stunninginternational music career. Brunello has played with some of themost prestigious orchestras, including the PhiladelphiaOrchestra, the Philharmonia London, the Orchestre National deFrance, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Scala PhilharmonicOrchestra, the Santa Cecilia Academy, the London Philharmonic,the DSO Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic. He has alsocollaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, RiccardoChailly, Seiji Ozawa, Daniele Gatti, Myung-Whun Chung, Yuri Temirkanov, GiuseppeSinopoli, Carlo Maria Giulini and Claudio Abbado, who over the years has invited Brunelloseveral times to play with him with both the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival and theMozart Orchestra. With both he has appeared also as a soloist and a conductor.Mario Brunello often takes on dual roles of conductor and soloist, and in 1994 he foundedthe Orchestra d'Archi Italiana with which he tours intensively both in Italy and abroad.Chamber music plays an important role in Brunello’s artistic life and he collaborates withartists including Gidon Kremer, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini,Andrea Lucchesini and the Borodin and Alban Berg Quartets.

In his artistic life, Brunello reserves ample time for projects involving diverse art forms,from literature to philosophy, and from science to painting. In these performances,Brunello does not express himself solely through an interpretation of traditionalrepertoires, but also through interaction with actors and musicians from other culturalinfluences: some of these include the performances designed together with MargheritaHack, Uri Caine, Paolo Fresu, Moni Ovadia and Vinicio Capossela. In this way, Brunellopresents his public with a diverse, multi faceted form of making music, creating interactiveperformances using music, images and words. A large part of these activities take place inan alternative space called Antiruggine, a remodeled workshop where Brunelloexperiments with these new music and art forms. Among his most recent alternativeprojects “Pensavo fosse Bach” is a multimedia performance with music, lights and videoimages dedicated to the Bach Suites, of which Brunello is considered to be one of the mostThe diverse artistic genres experimented with by Brunello are reflected in a wide rangingcollection of recordings which includes the integral Bach Suites and Sonatas by Brahms,Beethoven and Chopin, as well as many other recordings dedicated to cello solos. In thespring of 2008 Deutsche Grammophon published a CD with the Beethoven Triple Concertoconducted by Claudio Abbado.

EGEA Records is currently producing a record series articulated into five releases dedicatedto Mario Brunello. The first two CDs in the collection will be “Odusia”, a musical Odysseythrough Mediterranean culture, and “Brunello and Vivaldi”, dedicated to the cello concertosMario Brunello began his musical studies with Adriano Vendramelli, and then perfected histalents with Antonio Janigro. Mario Brunello is an Academic of Santa Cecilia, Rome.He plays a precious Maggini cello from the 1600s which once belonged to Franco Rossi.

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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