Professor at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
and at Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
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,
Orfeo Mandozzi is also a renown Pedagogue and is Professor at the
Universities of Zürich (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste -
Switzerland) and Würzburg (Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
French, German, English, Italian, Spanish spoken.