Bruno Giuranna

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Bruno Giuranna

Stauffer Artist Programme - Viola


Born into a family of musicians, Bruno Giuranna was among the founders of I Musici, the Rome Quartet and the Italian String Trio.

He began his solo career by premiering, under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, the Musica da Concerto for viola and string orchestra written for him by Giorgio Federico Ghedini.

He has played with orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir John Barbirolli, Sergiu Celibidache, Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Muti.

Holder until 1998 of the chair of viola at the Hochschule der Künste (now Universität der Künste) in Berlin, he has taught at the Musik-Akademie in Detmold, the Conservatorio S.Cecilia in Rome, the Royal College and Royal Academy in London and in master classes around the world.

From 1983 to ’92 he was artistic director of the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, and in 1988 he chaired the jury of the First International Bruno Giuranna Viola Competition in Brazil.

In 1986 he created master classes for string instruments at the Walter Stauffer Foundation in Cremona, together with violinist Salvatore Accardo, cellist Rocco Filippini and double bassist Franco Petracchi.

His extensive discography includes recordings for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI. As a violist he earned a Grammy Award Nomination and as a conductor he won a Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie Charles Cros in Paris.

Profoundly convinced of the importance of “playing together” as an irreplaceable tool in the development of musical personality, he has for years devoted himself to chamber music projects alongside young musicians in Europe and the United States.

A Knight of the Grand Cross of Merit of the Italian Republic, he received an honorary degree in literature from the University of Limerick in 2003.

After chairing its Italian section, he was elected in 2011 as European president of ESTA, an association that brings together string instrument teachers in Europe.

Frequently invited to the Marlboro Festival in the United States, he currently teaches courses at the W.Stauffer Foundation in Cremona, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

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