Mario Brunello is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and project innovator
In 1986, he became the first Italian to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which launched him into a notable international career. He has played with many prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Kioi Sinfonietta, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and DSO Berlin.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Antonio Pappano, Manfred Honeck, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Jurowski, Ton Koopman, Daniele Gatti, John Axelrod, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado. Abbado has invited Brunello several times to play with him and the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival and the Mozart Orchestra. With both orchestras, Brunello has appeared both as a soloist and a conductor.
He often takes on the dual roles of conductor and soloist, and in 1994 he founded the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, with which he tours intensively both in Italy and abroad.
Chamber music plays an important role in his artistic life and he collaborates with artists including Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Isabelle Faust, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini, Valery Afanassiev, Andrea Lucchesini and the Hugo Wolf Quartett.
Brunello also devotes much time to projects involving literature, philosophy, science and theatre. Through new ways of communication he tries to attract new audiences, creating interactive performances of music, images and words.
Mario Brunello plays a precious Maggini cello from the 1600s.