Expressive freedom arises whenever Mario Brunello makes music. The Italian cellist, equally at home as concerto soloist, chamber musician and originator of pioneering projects, has captivated audiences worldwide. His poetic artistry has been praised by Gramophone for its ‘great spirit’ and described as ‘intense and passionate’ by The Strad. He was born in 1960 at Castelfranco Veneto. The surrounding countryside has proved an enduring inspiration, influencing everything from the cellist’s feeling for rubato to his fascination with the interdependence of sound and silence. As artistic director of I Suoni delle Dolomiti since 1994, Brunello has invented performances in the high peaks of the Dolomites.
Mario Brunello made his breakthrough in 1986 as the first and only Italian ever to win he coveted International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. His success was built on studies with Adriano Vendramelli at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia and with Antonio Janigro. Brunello’s heartfelt playing has secured engagements with such leading conductors as Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Riccardo Muti and Myung-Whun Chung, and concerto performances with many of the world’s foremost ensembles, from the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mariinsky Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras to the NHK Symphony Tokyo, the Filarmonica della Scala and Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
The cellist has embraced new audiences with his refreshing communication and determination to take artistic risks. Brunello’s breadth of interests is reflected in his substantial discography. The Brunello Serie, on the EGEA label, includes Odusia, a musical odyssey through Mediterranean culture; Violoncello and, complete with works for solo cello, cello and choir, and cello and electronics; Tavener’s The Protecting Veil with Kremerata Baltica; Vivaldi’s Cello Concertos; and a double-disc set of Bach’s Cello Suites (which received the prestigious Italian Critics’ Award 2010).