Bruno Borralhinho

Bruno Borralhinho

in the orchestra since 2007

Bruno Borralhinho was born in Portugal in 1982, is a cellist with the Dresden Philharmonic and artistic director of the Ensemble Mediterrain.
He studied from 1994 to 2000 with Luis Sá Pessoa in Portugal and from 2000 to 2006 with Markus Nyikos at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2004 he passed the artistic diploma there and in 2006 the concert exam with distinction. He then studied in Oslo with the renowned cellist Truls Mørk. He also attended master classes including with N. Gutman, A. Meneses, P. Wispelwey, A. Bylsma, J. Wang, M. Ostertag, M. Löhr, M. Carneiro and Thomas Demenga. In 2011 Bruno Borralhinho obtained a master's degree in cultural management from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona). He is currently a PhD student (humanities) at the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid).

During his studies he received 1st prize in the Concurso Júlio Cardona and 1st prize in the Prémio Jovens Músicos. As a soloist he played with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra XXI and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. He was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and solo cellist in the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra. In 2003 he was an intern at the DSO - the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin and from 2004-2006 a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin.

The orchestra direction is also part of the broad artistic profile of Bruno Borralhinho - among other things he performed as a conductor with the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (PT), the Orquestra Clássica do Centro (PT), the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (PT), the Ensemble Mediterrain (DE), the Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu Zlín (CZ) and the Berliner Symphoniker ( DE). His active and broad artistic activity also includes frequent solo evenings, solo concerts with orchestra or recitals with piano in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Brazil. His interpretations of Bach's Six Suites for violoncello (solo) on the Montagnana Suggia (Lissbaon, 2008) and all of Beethoven's works for violoncello and piano on the Stradivarius "King of Portugal" (Lisbon, 2012) were critically acclaimed. He also led master classes in Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

In 2009, Bruno Borralhinho and pianist Luísa Tender released the double CD "Pagina Esquecida" (Forgotten Page), which is entirely dedicated to Portuguese music. It received rave reviews in the national and international press. In 2016 NAXOS will release a new CD with Portuguese works for cello and orchestra. Bruno Borralhinho will then be accompanied by the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon under the direction of Pedro Neves.


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