Bruno Monteiro

Bruno Monteiro is hailed by critics as “one of today´s best Portuguese violinists”. He received his Master’s in Music in Violin Performance with academic honors from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts/Roosevelt University. He is also a graduate with the highest grades from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His major teachers were Shmuel Ashkenasi, Patinka Kopec, Isidore Cohen, Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney. He received also the guidance of Gerardo Ribeiro, with whom he worked privately in Chicago. Prior to his studies in the USA, he was a student in Portugal of Carlos Fontes and obtained his conservatory violin diploma with the highest distinction. Awarded national and internationally, he won, among others, the First Violin Prize of the Portuguese Musical Youth Competition and was a winner, with a Special Violin Mention, at the Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy. With an active repertoire that ranges widely from the Baroque to our days, he performs in recital, as soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician in the most important venues of Portugal. He also performed extensively on the Portuguese Television and Radio. Bruno Monteiro was chosen to represent Portugal at the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, joining the first violin section. He also performed in many concert halls outside Portugal. His first CD, “Début” (2007), contains works by Franck and Grieg, while the second, “20th Century Expressions” (2008), features works by Szymanowski, Bloch and Korngold. A third (“Recital”) will come out In March 2009, and offering Brahms, Fauré, Respighi and Sarasate (all three CDs with pianist João Paulo Santos, whom he appears in recitals with). (adapted from text by Bruno Monteiro)

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