Cellist and conductor
The first Italian ever to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Brunello plays with some of the most prestigious orchestras - London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia - and works with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov, Ton Koopman, Vladimir Jurowski, John Axelrod and Claudio Abbado. In chamber music he collaborates with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Isabelle Faust, Martha Argerich, Andrea Lucchesini, the Borodin and Alban Berg Quartets.
Mario Brunello often takes on the dual role of conductor and soloist, and in 1994 he founded the Orchestra d'Archi Italiana.
He reserves ample time for projects involving diverse art forms (literature, philosophy, theatre) and he interacts with actors and musicians from other cultural influences. A large number of these activities take place in Antiruggine, a remodeled workshop that is ideal for these experiments.
Highlights of the season 13/14: concerts with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano and with Manfred Honeck, a tour with the Kremerata Baltica as soloist and conductor, a US tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, a return to Moscow with the Moscow Virtuosi and in St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, concerts in Vienna and in Bolzano with the Hugo Wolf Quartett, concerts with the Verona and Genova Orchestras in the dual roles of soloist and conductor.
He plays a precious Maggini cello from the 1600s.