Prof. Bruno WEINMEISTER | Violoncello
(Private Music University "Konservatorium Wien", Vienna)
…born in Salzburg, he grew up in a family, where music was very important.
He received very early piano and violoncello lessons and he decided later on to become a musician, just like his 3 brothers and sisters.
He studied Violoncello with Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum Universita in Salzburg and then with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin as well as orchestra conducting with Eiji Oue at the Superior School of Music and Dramatic Art in Hannover.
During his studies in Berlin, he was offered a contract as Solo Violoncello of the Staatskapelle Dresden. He accepted and stayed to this orchestra for several years.
His career as a soloist began in 1993 as he played the concert for Violoncello by Friedrich Gulda with the NDR Symphony Orchestra at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg with the composer as conductor in a concert acclaimed both by the public and the press.
The concertos for violoncello by Cerha, Lutoslawski, Dutilleux, Schostakowitsch, Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, the triple concerto by Beethoven, the „Epiphanie“ by Caplet, Don Quijote by Richard Straus and the „canto di speranza“ by B.A. Zimmermann are further important works of his repertoire.
He regularly appears in all important european music metropoles, with prestigious orchestras like the German Symphony Orchestra (at the Philharmonie in Berlin), the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna (at the Musikverein) and the Orchestras of Lyon, Turin, Copenhagen, Athens, Stuttgart, Basel, Bern, Glasgow… and plays under famous conductors such as Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger, Oku Kamu, Otto Tausk, Heinrich Schiff, Julius Rudel, Leopold Hager, Theodor Guschlbauer, Hans Graf, Sebastian Weigle, Christian Zacharias, Christian Arming etc…
With Heinrich Schiff as conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart he recorded the concerto for violoncello by Lutoslawski for the Label Arte Nova and with Musikkollegium Winterthur (and Heinrich Schiff) the double concerto by Brahms. With Christian Arming and the Philharmonie of Ostrava he recorded the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert (arranged by H. Klug). Several conerts were recorded or produced by the Broadcast.
He is also activ in chamber music ensembles with distinguished music partners such as Heinz Holliger, Emanuel Pahud, Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Barbara Bonney, Paul Meyer, Michel Dalberto, Jörg Widmann, Benjamin Schmid, Gérard Caussé, Alexander Rabinowitsch, Stefan Vladar, Jan Gottlieb Jiracek etc…
He participated to many eminent music festivals, among others Gidon Kremer’s Festival in Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musikfestival, the Music Weeks of Berlin and Vienna, Kissinger Sommer, Schubertiade Hohenems, Brucknerfest Linz, Bel-Air Festival Chambéry etc.
Bruno Weinmeister was assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival and accompnied him in the same function to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
During the Festival in Bayreuth (2005) he was music assistant to the production of Tristan and Isolde by R. Wagner.
He conducted several orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Volksoper in Vienna (with Mozarts “magic Flute”), Basel Symphony Orchestra, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Polska Filharmonia Baltycka, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Bratislava Boradcast Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of RIAS in Berlin and the Orchestra Academy in Ossiach.