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Bruno Borralhinho

The portuguese cellist Bruno Borralhinho is a member of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Mediterrain. His active professional activity includes regular soloist performances in solo recitals, with orchestra or with piano accompaniment in Portugal, Spain, Germany or Brazil. Among his highlights is the unanimously acclaimed interpretations of Bach’s 6 Suites with the Montagnana Suggia (June/2008) and Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with the Stradivari King of Portugal (November/2012), both in Lisbon. He led Masterclasses in Brazil, Portugal and Spain. He was born in 1982 in Covilhã and began his music studies at twelve years old at his hometown, where he studied with prof. Luis Sá Pessoa. Between 2000-2006, he studied with prof. Markus Nyikos at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, concluding the Graduate and Postgraduate studies with the highest distintions. Afterwards, he also studied with the prestigious Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk. He attended several Master Classes with Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Pieter Wispelwey, Anner Bylsma, Jian Wang, Martin Ostertag, Martin Löhr, Márcio Carneiro and Thomas Demenga, among others. Heholds a Master’s Degree in Culture Management from the UOC – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona). In October 2011 he was one of the participants of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Izmir (Turkey), organized by the EFA – European Festivals Association). The diverse artistic activity of Bruno Borralhinho also includes orchestral conducting and he appeared alreadyas a conductor with the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (PT), the Orquestra Clássica do Centro (PT), the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (PT), the Ensemble Mediterrain (DE) the Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu of Zlin (CZ) and the Berliner Symphoniker (DE).
He won the 1. Prize in the competitions Julio Cardona (1999) and Prémio Jovens Músicos (2001), this last organized by RDP (Portuguese National Radio). As a soloist, he performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, the Orquestra do Norte, the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra XXI the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.
In 2009 he lauches the double CD Pagina Esquecida (Forgotten Page) with pianist Luísa Tender, completely dedicated to Portuguese classical music. This production has received the best reviews in the national and international press. In 2016, his next recording dedicated to Poruguese music will appear on NAXOS, this time for cello and orchestra accompained by the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Pedro Neves.
Bruno Borralhinho has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Solo-Cellist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. He was also a member of the Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, resident orchestra of the Berlin State Opera, and of the DSO – Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
During all these years he performed in leading concert halls throughout all Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Russia and South America and worked with important conductors – Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi – and famous soloists – Anne Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Pierre Laurent Aimard e Rolando Villazón.

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