Mario Brunello

Mario Brunello (born 1960) is an Italian cellist and musician. The turning point in his artistic life was the 1986 victory of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Life and career

Origins and musical beginnings

Brunello, born in Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso - Italy), studied under Adriano Vendramelli (Venice Conservatorio of music) and of Antonio Janigro. In 1986 he was awarded the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow) in the cello section.[1] - ex equo with Kirill Rodin (Russia then USSR).

Since then Brunello has played with the many orchestras in the world: London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecilia, only to name a few, and under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Chailly, Ton Koopman, Seiji Ozawa, Daniele Gatti, Myung-Whun Chung and Claudio Abbado.

As a chamber musician Brunello has performed with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini, Andrea Lucchesini, Valery Afanassiev and the Borodin and Alban Berg Quartets.

He is Artistic Director of the International String Quartet Competition Premio Paolo Borciani and of the Reggio Emilia String Quartet Festival.

Orchestra d'Archi Italiana

In 1994, Brunello founded the "Orchestra d'Archi Italiana" (Italian String Orchiestra) starting a double performing activities as a conductor in addition to that of soloist and touring in many European countries.

Brunello's cello

Brunello plays a Maggini cello (17th century) which, in the 20th century, belonged to Benedetto Mazzacurati and then to Franco Rossi, cellist of the "Quartetto Italiano".

Personal life




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