MARCO BONI - Conducting

Born into a family of musicians, he studied the horn and cello and graduated in the latter instrument at the Milan Conservatoire under Rocco Filippini. He soon began his career as a brillant cellist. He was not only the first cello to the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, but also regularly invited to perform at important international festivals together with world famous soloists such as Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, Giuliano Carmignola, Bruno Canino, Bruno Giuranna, Paul Tortelier and Sandor Vegh.

In the Eighties Marco Boni was among the founders, and solo cello, of the Chamber Orchestra
I Virtuosi Italiani. He conducted successively in numerous concerts in Italy, Switzerland and Spain and recently at the Turku Festival in Finland. With the same orchestra he released for Chandos the first world recording of Nino Rota’s Piano and orchestra concerts.

In 1987 he renewed a long-standing contact with Sergiu Celibidache, who had taught him the rudiments of orchestral conducting when Marco was only eleven. Marco Boni’s conducting career reached a significant turning point in 1994 when, after a successful tour of some major Italian cities, he became Principal Conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, (founded by the elites of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
a position that he still holds.

In the same year he made his debut at the Teatro Comunale of Florence with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and a tour of Italy with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra together with the soloist Giuliano Carmignola. The tour culminated at the Rovereto Mozart Festival.

With the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra he has toured France, Spain (12 tours),
Italy (6 tours), Belgium, India, Japan (2 tours), Germany,Switzerland and more recently Portugal with the pianist Maria Joao Pires, obtaining everywhere unanimous acclaim.

His first recording of Mahler’s arrangements of the quartets “Death and the Maiden” by Schubert and the quartet Op. 95 by Beethoven received acclaim from the critics all over the world, rated by the BBC Music Magazine as “absolutely,the best recording available of these works .” obtaining a vote of five star for its astonishingly precise interpretation of the works.

Always with the the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, four recordings of works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Tchiaikovsky was released, accompanied by flattering reviews in worldwide musical magazines.

The latest recordings include a CD of Vivaldi and Bach for the label Victor with the Filarmonici of the Bologna Teatro Comunale. And a double CD entirely dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi was released after the successful tour in India with the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio
di Parma and the bass Michele Pertusi.

Recently he made two tours respectively in Italy and Spain with the orchestra Concertgebouw and Misha Maisky. A concert has taken place at the hall of Concertgebouw Amsterdam, which was recaptured and broadcast by Japanese television NHK and will be broadcast in Italy
on Sky Classic.

This year, he participated in the joined work between Orchestra Regional Toscana and Swingle Singers. The concert has been broadcast on Rai Radiotre.

In collaboration with the orchestra Wiener Kammerorchester, the concerts in Italy and Spain by Marco Boni resulted great success, after that, a series of concerts in Italy, Spain and Vienna has been scheduled.

In the summer of 2010, Marco Boni conducted a series of symphonic concerts with the Orchetra of Teatro Comunale, Bologna, which will continue in the winter season. With the same orchestra the 10th symphony has been scheduled in the celebration of Mahler 2011.

Since the autumn of 2010 the collaboration begins with Imola Piano Academy where Marco Boni is the main teacher of the conducting course.  

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