Giovanni Gnocchi


Born in Cremona and resident in Salzburg since several years, Giovanni Gnocchi made his debut at a very young age as a soloist in concert for 2 cellos and orchestra together with Yo-Yo Ma, who said: "he is a wonderfully talented young man who will make a great contribution to music wherever he goes ".
He has been a soloist in prestigious contexts, several times in Salzburg under the conducted by Gustavo Dudamel (“technical brilliance and evident joy in making music" wrote the Austrian critics) Christopher Hogwood, Carlo Rizzi, Daniel Cohen, Enrico Bronzi, Michele Spotti, Daniele Agiman, Daniele Giorgi, Ernst Hoetzl, from Hong Kong to the Wiener Konzerthaus, to the great halls of Stuttgart, Manheim, Wiesbaden, Bonn and Salzburg, with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra della Toscana, the Filarmonica della Fenice in Venice, I Musici di Parma, the Mantua Chamber Orchestra.
In the last season he made his debut at the Beethoven-Fest in Bonn as a soloist with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, which immediately re-invited him as a soloist and concert performer, he was invited as a soloist and conductor of the OGI-Italian Youth Orchestra at the Amici della Musica in Florence, he played Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and triumphed at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari with the Concerto op. 85 by Elgar, from 2019 for a three-year period he has been a soloist in residence at the Rossini Symphony Orchestra of Pesaro, with whom he interpreted the Concerto op. 129 by Schumann conducted by Daniele Agiman, the Concert by Friedrich Gulda and some programs as a soloist and concertmaster, and he performed at the Stradivari Festival in Cremona in the Haydn Concerto with the OTO-Orchestra of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza directed by Alexander Lonquich.
For years he has performed regularly in chamber concerts with Leonidas Kavakos, in duo with Alexander Lonquich and trio with Ilya Gringolts, with members of the Hagen Quartet, Marco Rizzi, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Itamar Golan, Pierre Amoyal, Pekka Kuusisto, Alena Baeva, Roman Simovic, Alexandra Conunova, Vadym Kholodenko, Cristian Budu, Jens-Peter Maintz, Wolfram Christ, Diemut Poppen, Herbert Schuch, debuted at the Lucerne Festival in trio with Olli Mustonen and Alessandro Carbonare, in Japan inaugurating the Ark-Nova Concert Hall, and invited to international festivals Ljubljana Cello Fest in Slovenia, Rovigo Cello City Festival, Ilumina Festival in Brazil, Järna Music Festival in Sweden, Delft Music Festival in Holland, KotorArt Festival in Montenegro, Musikdorf Ernen Festival in Switzerland, Casals Festival in Prades, Radio Festival -France of Montepellier, Verbier Festival. He recently played in chamber concerts in Singapore at the Esplanade and a solo recital at the Hong Kong City Hall for the Hong Kong International Cello Association.
His next engagements see him engaged in duo with Andrea Lucchesini, in solo and chamber participation at the Résonances Festival in Belgium (with Aleksander Madzar, Esther Hoppe, Liza Ferschtman), the Concerto op. 33 of Saint-Saëns with the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, a tour in Italy in duo with Roberto Cominati, Gulda again at the Viotti Festival as soloist and conductor with the Camerata Ducale, the Concerto n ° 1 by Nino Rota in Bari, the Triplo by Beethoven in Switzerland with Marco Rizzi, Adrian Oetiker and Alexander Shelley, the Concerto op. 85 by Elgar in Colombia with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and Olivier Grangean and a tour with the StreicherAkademie Bozen with Haydn and the Fantasia op. 52 by Mieczysław Weinberg.
His solo and chamber performances have been broadcast by RAI-Radio3, ORF-1 Austria, RTVS-Rádio Slovensko, Bayerische Rundfunk 4-Klassik and NPO-Radio4 in the Netherlands. He has recorded solo and chamber repertoire for Deutsche Grammophone, Stradivarius and for the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Winner of 1st Prize at the “F. J. Haydn "of Vienna, of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship of London (both with the David Trio), Giovanni Gnocchi is a graduate of the Prague Primavera cellist competitions, A. Janigro of Zagreb, and in duo with Mariangela Vacatello at the Parkhouse Award at the Wigmore Hall in London. Giovanni also worked for 8 years as Solo-Cellist of Camerata Salzburg in close contact with Leonidas Kavakos (2002-2010), he was Guest Principal Cellist at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London with Daniele Gatti (2011-2012), guest principal in Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Harding, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Mozart Orchestra, co-principal cellist at the London Symphony with Valery Gergiev, and since 2008 member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado.
Giovanni Gnocchi studied with Luca Simoncini, Rocco Filippini, Salvatore Accardo, Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff, completing his studies in Austria with Clemens Hagen and in England with Steven Isserlis, Ferenc Rados, Gabor Takàcs -Nagy and Sir András Schiff.
In 2012 he won the competition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg as Univ. Professor.

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