With his “fascinating musical personality and the beguiling beauty of his tone” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), cellist Orfeo Mandozzi has captivated audiences throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and South America.
Orfeo Mandozzi, born in Ticino, made his debut as soloist after only four years of study as part of the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. He has won first prizes at several international competitions such as the Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria), the Osaka Competition, the UFAM Paris, the Orpheus Competition (Switzerland) and the Illzach Competition (France).
Orfeo Mandozzi’s international solo career includes tours through nearly all European countries, the United States, South- and Central America and the middle East as well as radio-, television- and CD- productions. A prolific recording artist, Orfeo Mandozzi´s releases reflect his wide-ranging repertoire and include award winning solo and chamber music discs. His world premiere recording of the Fiala cello concertos alone sold over 4000 copies. Award panels have described his playing as “so captivating, one has to hold one’s breath” (pizzicato).
Orfeo Mandozzi’s regular performing partners include Nikolaj Znaider, Julian Rachlin, Boris Kuschnir, Gérard Caussé, Itamar Golan, Stefan Vladar, Jasminka Stancul and Yuri Bashmet.
As soloist Orfeo Mandozzi performs with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Kristjan Järvi, Gerhard Markson, Hermann Breuer, Alfred Eschwé, Ola Rudner, Jesus Amigo, Filip Bral, Mario Venzago, Michail Jurowski, Arid Remmereit, Kees Bakels, Simon Blech, Philippe Entremont and many others.
Orfeo Mandozzi has appeared in some of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Casals Hall Tokyo, the Auditorio Nacional Madrid, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Tonhalle Zurich. The cellist is also in demand as a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Vienna Festwochen, the Dubrovnik Festival, Prague Spring, the St. Petersburg White Nights Festival and the Lockenhaus Festival.
His highly acclaimed recitals are much sought-after and Mstislav Rostropovich said about his performance of the Boccherini Sonata that, “he has the most beautiful Italian cantilena I have ever heard“.
As well as being an exceptional performer of the standard repertoire, Orfeo Mandozzi works with many contemporary composers and is an advocate of forgotten repertoire (for example works by Nino Rota, Lalo, van Goens, Fiala, Malzat).
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