Alberto Martini

(Italy) President of the Jury

ALBERTO MARTINI excelled at the Conservatory of Music in Verona, and went on to study under Maestro Corrado Romano at the Conservatory in Geneva.

He has performed with many orchestras in Italy and overseas as a soloist, conductor, and konzertmeister (Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Angelicum, Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra di Lugano. Sinfonietta del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Accademia I Filarmonici, and I Virtuosi Italiani). He has been a guest conductor at the major concert halls and music institutions at home and abroad: Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro Regio di Parma, Associazione Barattelli de L’Aquila, Unione Musicale di Torino, and Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti di Roma. He has participated in the major European musical festivals, and is a regular guest performer at festivals in France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the United States, Japan, Russia, China and Korea.

On June 1st 2009 made his debut as soloist in prestigious Carnagie Hall (Isaac Stern Hall) in New York.

Alberto Martini has played principal second violin with leading orchestras including Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Teatro alla Scala di Milano. He has worked with great conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Yurovsky, Myun Whun Chung, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Yuri Temirkanov.

Alberto Martini’s discography includes over 50 recordings as a conductor for the Chandos, Emi, Naxos, Dynamic, Verany and Tactus labels, and he has sold more than 400,000 discs worldwide. As a conductor and soloist he has recorded Vivaldi’s complete works, and F.M. Veracini’s complete overtures and concertos (a world premiere). His world première recording of A. Bonporti’s complete works won the Goldberg Five Star Award, the Choc de la Musique award from the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique, and a number of five star awards from the Italian magazine MUSICA.

As concertmaster of I VIRTUOSI ITALIANI, he has performed with artists of internal acclaim, among whom we remember Mariella Devia, Barbara Hendricks, Giuliano Carmignola, Fabio Biondi, Maxence Larrieu, Enzo Dara, Claudio Desderi, Katia Ricciarelli, Cecilia Gasdia, Vincenzo La Scola, Misha Maisky, Andres Mustonen, Ilya Grubert, Lazar Berman, Pavel Vernikov, Bruno Giuranna, Lev Markiz, Patrick Gallois, Natalia Gutman and Julian Rachlin, Ilya Gringolts, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and many others.

He is a professor of violin at the L. Marenzio Conservatory of Music in Brescia, he also teaches in the post-graduate master’s programme at the F.A.Bonporti Conservatory of Music in Trento.

From 2007 to 2010 he has been Artistic Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

He is regularly teaches master classes at home and abroad, and for a number of years has been collaborating with the TCU University of Fort Worth, Dallas, home of the prestigious Van Cliburn music competition.

Alberto Martini plays a wonderful Joseph Gagliano violin made in Napoli 1766 and a magnificent Marino Capicchioni violin made in 1967.