Ivan Monighetti

Born in 1948, Ivan Monighetti is one of the most outstanding representatives of the Mstislav Rostropovich School and one of the Maestro’s last students in his Moscow Conservatorу class. Winning Second prize at the 1974 Tchaikovsky competition opened the doors to Monighetti's international career. Since then he has been giving concerts throughout the world participating in the most prestigious festivals. His recital partners include the pianists Martha Argerich, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexei Lubimov, Vasily Lobanov, Vadim Sakharov, Andrei Gavrilov, Pyotr Meshchaninov, the violinist Liana Isakadze, the cellist Anner Bylsma to name a few.

Ivan Monighetti is an active propagandist for new music. He is the dedicatee and first performer of Haydn Variations by Edison Denisov (1982), Valentin Silvestrov's Cello sonata (1983), Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's Cello Concerto (2002), a series of works by Aleksandr Knaifel, Boris Tishchenko, Krzysztof Meyer. His repertoire includes works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Tigran Mansuryan, Henri Dutilleux, Iannis Xenakis, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Olivier Messiaen and many other composers of the 20th century. Many works specially written for Monighetti have become an integral part of the cello repertoire.

At the same time, Monighetti has for many years directed his attention to the repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries, and in particular to the performance of J.S.Bach, Boccherini and Haydn. His recording of the six Bach Suites for solo cello received acclaim from music critics all over the world. For several years Monighetti was director of the International Festival of Ancient Music in Moscow and of the ensemble Camerata Boccherini with which he performed in Poland, Holland, France, Estonia and Russia. In 1998 he made his debut as a conductor in a performance of Haydn's Nelson Mass, and since then he has collaborated regularly with various orchestras throughout Europe. He has recorded over 40 CDs for such labels as ЕСМ, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Chant du Monde, Orfeo, Berlin Classics. He lives in Switzerland where he teaches at the Basel Hochschule. He is director of the International festival Viva Cello which takes place on a regular basis in Basel.

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