Antonio MENESES – Cello

Masterclass: July 2nd - July 7th

Nato a Recife (Brasile) nel 1957 da una famiglia di musicisti, Antonio Meneses iniziò a studiare il violoncello all'età di 10 anni. A 16 anni incontrò il famoso violinista italiano Antonio Janigro che lo invitò ad unirsi alla sua classe, prima a Dusseldorf e poi a Stuttgart. Nel 1977 Meneses vinse il premio nel Concorso Internazionale ARD di Monaco e nel 1982 fu insignito del primo premio e della medaglia d'oro al concorso Tchaikovsky di Mosca.
Numerose le apparizioni nelle capitali musicali, europee, americane ed asiatiche in cui Meneses si è esibito con le orchestre più prestigiose, come la Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra, la London Symphony, la BBC Symphony, la Concertgebouw, la Vienna Symphony, la Czech Philharmonic, la Saint Petersburg Philarmonic di Mosca, la Israel Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, la Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, la New York Philharmonic, la National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.) a Buenos Aires, Varsavia, in Brasile e a Tokyo con la NHK Symphony
Fra i principali direttori con cui ha collaborato ricordiamo Herbert,von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn, Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Gerd Albrecht, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Spivakov, and Riccardo Chailly.
Antonio è stato anche ospite di molti festival musicali in svariate località come Portorico (Pablo Casals), Salisburgo, Lucerna, Vienna (Festwochen), Berlino (Festwochen), il Festival di Primavera di Praga, New York (Mozart Festival), Seattle, la Grange de Meslay, il Festival de Colmar ed il Chamber Music Festival di Gerusalemme.
Come esecutore di musica da camera, Antonio Meneses ha collaborato in tour con l'Emerson Quartet ed il Vermeer Quartet, così come con pianisti del calibro di Nelson Freire, Menahem Pressler, Cristina Ortiz e Gérard Wyss. Meneses è anche membro del “Beaux Arts Trio” dal1998. (beauxartstrio.org).
In studio Antonio Meneses ha realizzato due registrazioni per Deutsche Grammophon con Herbert von Karajan e la Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: “Brahms double concert for Violin and cello” con Anne Sophie Mutter e "Don Chisciotte"di Richard Strauss. Antonio ha anche registrato il Concerto D'Albert, “Works” di David Poppe-entrambi con l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Basilea- e “Cello Concertos” di Carl Philip Emanuel Bach con la Munich Chamber Orchestra (Pan Classics), “Six Suites” di Bach (Nippon Phonogram), Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (EMI / Angel), “Concertos and fantasy for cello e orchestra” di Heitor Villa-Lobos (Auvidis Francia), “Complet works for cello e piano” di Villa-Lobos con Cristina Ortiz, “Encore pieces”con Gérard Wyss (Pan Classics ), Le “SixSuites” per violoncello di JS Bach (AVIE), e la sua più recente registrazione Schumann / Schubert (AVIE) sono state realizzate nel 2006. (www.avierecords.com).
In aggiunta ad un fitto calendario concerti, Meneses è professore di Music Master in Europa, America e Giappone e dal 2007 insegna alla Hochschule der Künste Bern. (www.hkb.bfh.ch)
Antonio Meneses suona un violoncello ALESSANDRO GAGLIANO, fatto a Napoli nel 1730.

Born in Recife, Brazil in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düseldorf and later in Stuttgart. In 1977, Antonio won the first Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1982; he was awarded first Prize and gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Regularly appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Antonio Meneses has performed with most of the world's leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw, Vienna Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Moscow, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), in Buenos Aires, in Warsaw, in Brazil, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn, Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Gerd Albrecht, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Spivakov, and Riccardo Chailly.

Antonio is also a frequent guest at many important music festivals, including Puerto Rico (Festival Pablo Casals), Salzburg, Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, the Prague Spring Festival, New York (Mostly Mozart Festival), Seattle, la Grange de Meslay, the Festival de Colmar, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival.

A devoted chamber music performer, Antonio Meneses has collaborated with the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet on tour as well as with pianists such as Nelson Freire, Menahem Pressler, Cristina Ortiz, and Gérard Wyss. Antonio has been a member of the Beaux Arts Trio since 1998. (beauxartstrio.org)

As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Anne Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss' "Don Quixote". Antonio has also recorded the D'Albert Concerto, works of David Popper—both with the Basel Symphony Orchestra—and Cello Concertos by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Pan Classics), The Six Suites of Bach (Nippon Phonogram), Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (EMI/Angel), Concertos and the Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Auvidis France), complete works for Cello and Piano by Villa-Lobos with Cristina Ortiz, and Encore pieces with Gérard Wyss (Pan Classics), The Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach (AVIE), and his most recent recording Schumann/Schubert (AVIE) was released in 2006. (www.avierecords.com)

In addition to a busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses gives master classes in Europe, the Americas, and in Japan. Antonio will start teaching at Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2007. (www.hkb.bfh.ch)

Antonio Meneses plays ALESSANDRO GAGLIANO cello made in Naples ca. 1730.