With his “fascinating musical personality and the bewitching beauty of his tone” (FAZ), cellist Orfeo Mandozzi has captivated audiences throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and South America.
Orfeo Mandozzi, born in Ticino, made his debut as soloist as part of the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. He has won first prizes at several international competitions such as the Johannes Brahms Competition and the UFAM Paris.
Orfeo Mandozzi, now enjoying a busy career as a soloist, has worked closely with several leading cellists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Tortelier, Maurice Gendron and Harvey Shapiro. Bernard Greenhouse said that, “he could be one of the leading cellists of our time”. His regular performing partners include Nikolaj Znaider, Julian Rachlin, and Yuri Bashmet. As soloist Orfeo Mandozzi performs with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Kristjan Järvi and Michail Jurowski. Also a prolific recording artist, award panels have described his playing as “so captivating, one has to hold one’s breath” (pizzicato).
He has appeared in some of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein and the Teatro Colón. The cellist is also in demand as a regular guest at festivals such as the Vienna Festwochen, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Lockenhaus Festival. His highly acclaimed recitals are much sought-after and Mstislav Rostropovich said about his performance of the Boccherini Sonata that, “he has the most beautiful Italian cantilena I have ever heard”.
Orfeo Mandozzi plays a cello made in Cremona by Francesco Ruggeri, 1675.