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, Monighetti, Ivan

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Riga (Latvia), 1948. Ivan Monighetti to whom Pênderecki referred to as an "extraordinary violoncellist", was also the last pupil of Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory. Has participated in the Ravinia, Berliner Festwochen, Santa Fe, Schlesswig Holstein, Argerich and Sesión de Música Festivals. He was First Prizewinner in many competitions, including the Tchaikowsly Competition in 1974 and, since then, his career has taken him throughout Europe, America and Japan. Monighetti has performed as soloist with the Berlin Phiharmonic, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Gulbenkian and the Moscow Philharmonic, among others. His CD Music of the XX Century for Violoncello was nominated as the Year's Recording, Diapason d'Or. Monighetti has a very extensive repertory of the XX Century as a result of his work with composers Penderecki, Xenakis, Dutilleux, Knaifel, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Ali-Zadeh. Many of them composed works especially for him that are now part of the regular violoncello repertoire. In 2003 he participated in the world première of Frangiz Ali-Zadeh's Concerto for Violoncello. Monighetti's CD "Six Suites for Violoncello solo" by J. S. Bach gained the Frederic Prize. Monighetti has appeared on the Swiss television in "Ritrato a Monighetti" and "Monighetti: Storie di famiglia" and has recorded for the Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Chant du Monde, Orfeo, Berlin Classics, Wego and DUX labels. Ivan Monighetti is professor of violoncello at the Basilea Academy of Music, Switzerland. He is also invited professor at the Moscow Conservatory and from 1991 to 1995 was Head of the Sony Violoncello Chair at the Reina Sofía School of Music. He was member of the jury in prestigious competitions: J. S. Bach in Leipzig and teaches master classes the world over.

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