Born in Naples, Bruno Canino studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan where he taught piano for 24 years. Then, for 10 years, he gave a course in piano and chamber music at the Berne Conservatoire.
He has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in all the principal concert venues of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and China. For over 50 years he has been regularly performing with Antonio Ballista, his piano duo partner. He has collaborated with many prominent string players, such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Salvatore Accardo, Viktoria Mullova and Uto Ughi and has played with leading orchestras including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and with distinguished conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Pierre Boulez.
Deeply interested in contemporary music, has has worked with many composers including Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono, Sylvano Bussotti and Mauricio Kagel often giving world première performances of their works. From 1999 to 2002, he was director of the Music Section of the Venice Biennale.
Bruno Canino’s recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations; Mendelssohn’s compositions for cello and piano (with Lynn Harrell); works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky (with Viktoria Mullova for a disc that was awarded the Edison prize); piano compositions by Debussy (including the Preludes), Chabrier (the complete piano works), and Casella.
Bruno Canino gives regular masterclasses in piano and chamber music in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan and is frequently invited to serve on the juries of important international piano competitions. He is the author of the book Vademecum for a Chamber Pianist (Passigli Editions, 1997).
Next summer he is invited again at the Marlboro Chamber music Festival in Vermont, and he will visit three times Japan.
Gaetano Adorno was born in 1968 in Floridia (Italy). Since he was 11 years old, he studied violin with Lea Trigila and in 1991 he graduated at the at the "Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini" in Catania. Later he is improved in violin with Sergey Girshenko and in chambre music with Rocco Filippini and Augusto Vismara. From 1993 he has been appointed as tenured professor of ensemble music for strings and quartet at the "Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini". Also Graduated in viola, instrument that habitually plays, he has been performing concerts and didactics in chamber music and strings’ Ensemble for many years. Furthermore he played in trio, quartet and quintet with piano and with strings from duet to sextet, in a repertoire from 600 to our days.
He took part in various concerts with important compositions of Corelli, Bach, Boccherini, Rolla, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Faure', Chausson, Franck, Shostakovic, Rota, Respighi, Kurtag, Sollima etc. He performed chamber music with successful artists such as Alirio Diaz, Rocco Filippini, Sergey Girshenko, Boris Berezovsky, Pierre Hommage, Bruno Canino, Boris Petrushanski Augusto Vismara, Maxence Larrieu, Bruno Grossi, Ilia Kim, etc.
He played in many of the most important Italian cities such as Roma, Milano, Torino, Firenze, Palermo, Genova, Napoli, Bari and abroad in France, Swisse, Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Russia, Norway, New Zeland. Italian contemporary composers such as Giovanni Sollima and Alfredo Pennisi dedicated works performed for the first time to chamber ensembles of which he was a permanent member.
He taught chamber music master classes and he was invited by "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia" and "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga" to teach academic lessons on the chamber music repertoire for strings. As a professor, he assembled many instrumental ensemble. A lot of his students are currently conducting professional activities in renowned Italian and foreign orchestra. As director and conductor, he gave life to various youth orchestral groups such as the "Orchestra Sine Nomine", "Aetna String Ensemble" and "Noto Barocca Ensemble". In 2013 he was among the founders and promoters of the AIV (Italian Association of Viola) together with Bruno Giuranna and Augusto Vismara. He has been invited in New Zeland to perform at the 44th Viola International Congress in Wellington, with Augusto Vismara, Anna Serova e Marco Misciagna.
He recorded, for CX Classic, the "String Quintet" (F. Shubert) with the "Quartetto Archimede" and the Swiss cellist Rocco Filippini.
As violinist and violist, he performed the first "Opus 4" (Trii di Luigi Boccherini) modern edition, and, as a violist, he performed the "Invenzioni per Quartetto d’Archi" (1932) by Nino Rota, for the first time ever. Nowadays he plays as violist of Aetna Quartet. In addition to the activity of chamber music performer, he is also recently dedicated to that of conductor.
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