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Bruno Monteiro



Biography

Heralded by the daily Público as “one of Portugal´s premier violinists” and by the weekly Expresso as "one of today´s most renowned Portuguese musicians”, Bruno Monteiro is internationally recognized as a distinguished violinist of his generation. Fanfare Magazine describes him as having a "burnished golden tone" and Strad states that his “generous vibrato produces radiant colors”. MusicWeb International refers to interpretations that have a "vitality and an imagination that are looking unequivocally to the future" and that reach an “almost ideal balance between the expressive and the intellectual”. Gramophone praises his “unfailing assurance and eloquence” and Strings Magazine summarises that he is "deserving of a much larger slice of the limelight on the world stage”.

Monteiro made his debut recitals at the age of 13 at S. Luis and Rivoli Theaters and his first solo orchestral concert at the Lisbon Opera House (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos) when he was 14. Since then and with a repertoire that ranges widely from Bach to Corigliano, including important Portuguese composers, he concertizes as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician in all the major musical centers of Portugal and internationally, he has also performed in prestigious venues in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Vienna (Musikverein), Denmark, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and the USA (Carnegie Hall). He has been a guest soloist with orchestras such as Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra Sinfónica de Palma de Mallorca, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and the English Chamber Orchestra. In recital, he has performed with João Paulo Santos since 2002.

A noted recording artist, his 2014 CD of the complete works for violin and piano and solo violin by the esteemed Portuguese composer Fernando Lopes-Graça (Naxos) received the highest acclaim from newspapers and musical magazines all over the world.

Equally praised worldwide was his debut recording for Brilliant Classics (2015) with the complete music for violin and piano by Karol Szymanowski. BBC Music Magazine wrote that “Portuguese virtuosos Monteiro and Santos, captured in opulent sound, hurl themselves into the virtuoso fray where appropriate, steering the music’s sometimes meandering course with a firm rudder”. The Examiner proclaimed that “Monteiro’s playing on this new recording is particularly effective in escalating the mood of Opus 30 (Myths) beyond the plane of mere mortals”. Finally, Musical Opinion declared that this recording is “one of the most significant to have been released in recent years with regard towards a completion of this wonderful composer's music”. This recording was selected as "Classical CD of the Week" (March 2018) by Forbes (USA).

His 2016 CD with the complete music for violin and piano by Erwin Schulhoff, released also by Brilliant Classics, received high acclaim by critics, not only in Portugal, but in the UK, France, Spain, Austria, USA, Canada and Brazil. In Madrid, it was selected as the Editor´s Choice and as one of the Top 10 CD´s worldwide by Revista Ritmo. In the USA, it reached the Favorite Recordings 2016 list on Classical Candor and in São Paulo was selected as the CD of the Week by Radio Cultura and was brodcast throughout the country.

Monteiro studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Patinka Kopec (associated teacher to Pinchas Zukerman), the late Isidore Cohen (former member of both the Juilliard Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio) and members of the American String Quartet with scholarships from the Gulbenkian Foundation and Centro Nacional de Cultura, later completing his training in Chicago under Shmuel Ashkenasi (former first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet) as a scholar of the Ministério da Cultura and the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

Upcoming Performances

Video 4/9/2019: Bruno Monteiro and Nuno Marques

Enjoy a night of violin and piano with the virtuosos Bruno Monteiro and Nuno Marques.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal.

April 9 - Bruno Monteiro