The first Italian ever to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Mario 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 with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Antonio Pappano, Manfred Honeck, Ton Koopman, Vladimir Jurowski, John Axelrod. In chamber music he performs with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Isabelle Faust, Martha Argerich, Andrea Lucchesini and the Hugo Wolff Quartet. He 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 and interacts with musicians from other cultural influences, like Uri Caine, Paolo Fresu and Vinicio Capossela. The various genres are reflected in his wide-ranging recordings, which include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto conducted by Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon), Egea Records five CDs ‘Brunello Series’ and Dvořák’s Concerto with Antonio Pappano (Emi).
Highlights of the season include an extensive tour in the Far East, the ‘Bach Networks’ project with Uri Caine, concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a residency at the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Beethoven’s complete works, and the return to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in the dual role of soloist and conductor. He plays a precious Maggini cello from the 1600s.
He performed at the Stresa Festival in 2002 and 2010.