Mario Brunello is one of the most complete, multifaceted and sought-after artists of his generation.

A soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and a pioneer of cello piccolo, he is the first European ever to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986.

He collaborated with many important conductors, such as Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Myung-whun Chung, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Ton Koopman, Manfred Honeck, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa.

He performed with the most prestigious orchestras of the world, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, NHK Tokyo, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, to name just a few.

As a chamber musician, Mario Brunello has shared the stages worldwide with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini and Borodin Quartet.

Passionte admirer of philosophy, science, theatre and literature, he found new ways of communication and attracting new audiences by designing performances with personalities such as jazz pianist Uri Caine, singer-songwriter Vinicio Capossela, the physicist Carlo Rovelli, the writer Alessandro Baricco and actor Marco Paolini.

Brunello plays a precious Maggini cello crafted in the early 1600s and has grown increasingly fond in recent years of the ‘cello piccolo’.Since October 2020 he has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Stresa Festival, taking over from Gianandrea Noseda.