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15.03.2021

Monthly column in Da Capo

Theme & Variations is the title of the new monthly bilingual column by Bruno Borralhinho in the Portuguese music magazine Da Capo. The target group are the musicians themselves, but also music lovers in general. "And so that no one dares to take the themes less seriously, the variations will be commented and discussed exclusively with some of the best musicians on the planet." Read the March and April issues here, with exclusive interviews with prominent musicians such as the cellist Antônio Meneses or the flutist Emmanuel Pahud:

n. 1 - March/2020
n. 2 - April/2020
09.03.2021

New book released!

Based on the analysis of specific cases of institutions, people or events that are seen as representative and exemplary of the interrelational dynamics, Borralhinho's new publication offers a contextualization of the music sector in the various historical and political settings in Portugal in the past century. Written in Spanish and considered as "from now on an inevitable reference", it is available both in book and eBook formats on the usual platforms.

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30.08.2020

Solidary music summer

The Ensemble Mediterrain, conducted by Bruno Borralhinho, performed two open-air concerts in Dresden to support musicians and other artists who were particularly affected by the pandemic. In July the program was dedicated to repertoire for wind ensemble by Mozart and R. Strauss and in August to works for string orchestra and soprano. This program included Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Puccini together with one of the greatest sopranos of our time, the Finnish Camilla Nylund.

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15.12.2019

Return to Lisbon and debut in Berlin

Next January Bruno Borralhinho returns to Portugal and to the podium of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa to conduct Mozart's symphonies 39, 40 and 41. The concerts will take place on January 10 at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and on January 11 at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos das Caldas da Rainha. On January 29, he makes his debut as a conductor in the Philharmonie in Berlin with the Deutches Kammerorchester and works by Mahler, Shostakovich, Luís Freitas Branco and Joly Braga Santos.

03.04.2019

Edition Kunzelmann publishes arrangements by Bruno Borralhinho

The renowned Swiss publisher recently released Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" in the version for cello and piano, Fauré's "Pavane" in the version for string quartet, Albéniz's "Suite Espagnole" in the version for septet as well as Manuel de Falla's "Siete Canciones Populares Españolas" in the version for voice, violin (or clarinet), cello and piano -all arranged by Bruno Borralhinho.

Edition Kunzelmann / Bruno Borralhinho
30.01.2018

Borralhinho conducts Puccini's opera and Shchedrin's Ballett

This years edition of the festival "Dias da Música" in Lisbon presents two productions conducted by Bruno Borralhinho, both in concertante version. In the "Carmen Suite" by Rodion Shchedrin, Bruno Borralhinho will lead the Deutsches Kammerorchester. For the opera "Gianni Schicchi" by Giacomo Puccini, two orchestras will perform fused on stage: the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Kammerorchester. Both concerts will take on April 28th.

Biography


Portuguese cellist and conductor Bruno Borralhinho is a member of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Mediterrain.

He appears regularly as a soloist with orchestra or in recitals with piano in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Brazil. Among his highlights are the unanimously acclaimed interpretations of Bach's 6 Suites with the Montagnana Suggia (2008), Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano with the Stradivari King of Portugal (2012) and Haydn's complete cello concertos (2014, soloist and conductor). Borralhinho led until now Masterclasses in Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

The diversified artistic activity of Bruno Borralhinho includes orchestral conducting, in which he received important impulses through Christian Kluttig, Jorma Panula and Juanjo Mena. Along with regular appearences leading his Ensemble Mediterain (DE), he conducted the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (PT), the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (PT), the Orquestra Clássica do Centro (PT), the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (PT), the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (PT), the Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu (CZ), the Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná (BR), the Orquestra Sinfônica de Campinas (BR), the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin (DE) and the Berliner Symphoniker (DE), and worked along with internationally renowned soloists such as Camilla Nylund, Tara Erraught and Lothar Odinius.

In 2009 he launches the CD Página Esquecida (Forgotten Page) with pianist Luísa Tender, completely dedicated to Portuguese music. This production has received the best reviews in the national and international press. In 2016, his next recording dedicated to Portuguese music appeared on NAXOS, this time for cello and orchestra accompanied by the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Pedro Neves. This album was considered the best of 2016 by voters from over 65 countries across the 5 continents of the planet after an international public vote promoted by The Violoncello Foundation (New York / USA). More recently, in 2018, Borralhinho recorded R. Strauss and Zemlinsky's sonatas and Mahler's songs with pianist Christoph Berner for the German record label ARS.

He was born in 1982 in Covilhã and began his music studies at the age of 12 years old in his hometown, where he studied with prof. Luis Sá Pessoa. Between 2000-2006, he studied with prof. Markus Nyikos at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, concluding the Graduate and Postgraduate studies with the highest distinctions. Afterwards, he also studied with the prestigious Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk. He attended several Masterclasses with Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Pieter Wispelwey, Anner Bylsma, Jian Wang, Martin Ostertag, Martin Löhr, Márcio Carneiro and Thomas Demenga, among others.

Borralhinho holds a Master's Degree in Culture Management from the UOC - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona). In October 2011 he was one of the participants of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Izmir (Turkey), organized by the EFA - European Festivals Association). Bruno Borralhinho received his PhD in Humanities - History, Geography and Art - from the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) in 2020. His research and thesis focused on the relations between power and the field of classical music in Portugal throughout the 20th century.

He won the 1. Prize in the competitions Julio Cardona (1999) and Prémio Jovens Músicos (2001), this last organized by RDP (Portuguese National Radio). As a soloist, he performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon (PT), Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (PT), Orquestra do Norte (PT), Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (PT), Orquestra XXI (PT), Orquestra Clássica do Sul (PT), Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (PT), Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (PT), Orquestra Sinfônica de Campinas (BR) and Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro de Brasília (BR).

Bruno Borralhinho has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Solo-Cellist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. He was also a member of the Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, resident orchestra of the Berlin State Opera, and of the DSO - Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

During all these years he performed in leading concert halls throughout all Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Russia and South America and worked with important conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi or Andris Nelsons.

Multimedia


"Poder y Música Clásica
en el Portugal del siglo XX"

Author: Bruno Borralhinho
Release: March 2021
Language: Spanish
Format: Book/eBook
Editor: Universo de Letras (Grupo Planeta)


Title translation: Power and Classical Music in Portugal in the 20th Century

The various political regimes that ruled in Portugal in the 20th century -monarchy, first republic, dictatorship and democracy- represented decisive changes in society and in socio-communicative processes in general. The field of classical music was these more or less peaceful and complex transformations and transitions not alien. Starting from the observation of specific cases of institutions, people or events that are seen as representative and exemplary of the interrelational dynamics, this research carries out a contextualization of the music sector in the different historical and political contexts of the country over the last century.

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Discography


R. Strauss, Mahler
& Zemlinksy



Bruno Borralhinho, cello
Christoph Berner, piano
ARS PRODUKTION
  • The sonatas by Strauss and Zemlinsky belong to the essential nucleus of the cello repertoire. The new transcription by Bruno Borralhinho of Mahler's songs, on the other hand, establishes a tempting link between the composer and the instrument, but also, in the concrete case of this programmatic construction, a historical and musical connection between the three composers.

"Portuguese music for Cello and Orchestra"



Bruno Borralhinho, soloist
Gulbenkian Orchestra, Pedro Neves (cond.)
NAXOS
  • For the first time, some of Portugal’s leading composers in a unique recording dedicated to their works for cello and orchestra. The impressionistic and luxuriant harmonies of Costa’s Poema contrast with Lopes-Graça’s sombre and austere Concerto da Camera. Freitas Branco’s Cena Lírica is an early, romantically expressive piece, while the Concerto by his eminent pupil Braga Santos is a hauntingly poetic symphonic masterpiece.

"Página Esquecida"
Cello & Piano



Bruno Borralhinho, cello
Luísa Tender, piano
DREYER & GAIDO
  • This recording is entirely dedicated to Portuguese music for solo cello and cello/piano duo and aims to making this repertoire better known in Portugal and abroad, as it includes some of the most significant Portuguese works of the past and current centuries.

Ensemble Mediterrain
Albéniz & Beethoven



Ensemble Mediterrain
DREYER & GAIDO
  • On the 100th Anniversary of his death, the Ensemble Mediterrain dedicates to the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz the world premiere of his famous "Suite Española op.47", on a version for septet by Bruno Borralhinho. The CD also includes the "classical" Septet op.20 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Trio Mediterrain: "Música contemporânea portuguesa"



Trio Mediterrain
CCR - CLASSIC CONCERT RECORDS
  • Idealized and developed under absolute responsibility of the former Trio Mediterrain, this project consists of a recording of 4 original works dedicated to the group itself by 4 prominent Portuguese composers.

Agenda


Concert schedule as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. The concert agenda of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra can be followed HERE.

11.-12.05.2019

Campinas (BR)

Conductor and soloist, Orquestra Sinfônica de Campinas
M. Portugal: Overture "Il Duca di Foix"; J. Haydn: Cello Concerto in C; J. Brahms: Symphony n.4

14.05.2019

Brasília (BR)

Soloist
Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro

R. Strauss: Don Quixote

15.05.2019

Brasília (BR)

Masterclass
Brasília Cello Academia, Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro

19.07.2019

Festival das Artes,
Coimbra (PT)

Conductor
Ensemble Mediterrain

G. Mahler: Symphony n. 4 (E. Stein)


20.07.2019

Cistermúsica,
Alcobaça (PT)

Conductor
Ensemble Mediterrain

G. Mahler: Symphony n. 4 (E. Stein)

03.08.2019

Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes, Catalonia (ES)

Recital with piano
Works by Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninov.

23.08.2019

Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Works by Beethoven and Albéniz.

08.09.2019

Robert-Schumann-Fest, Dresden (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Works by Clara and Robert Schumann.


15.09.2019

Teatro Guaíra, Curitiba (BR)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná
J. Haydn: Symphony n. 1
F. Lopes-Graça: Sinfonietta
D. Schostakovich: Symphony n. 1

10.11.2019

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Dresdner Philharmoniker e.V.
Works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri.

10.01.2020

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Mozart: Symphonies n. 39, 40 and 41.

11.01.2020

Caldas da Rainha (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Mozart: Symphonies n. 39, 40 and 41.


29.01.2020

Philharmonie, Berlin (DE)

Conductor, Deutsches Kammerorchester
Works by Mahler, Shostakovich, Freitas Branco and Braga Santos.

31.05.2020

Webermuseum, Dresden (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Cherubini: String Quartets n. 2, 3 and 5.

12.07.2020

Konzertplatz Weisser Hirsch, Dresden (DE)

Conductor,
Ensemble Mediterrain

Works by Mozart and R. Strauss.

23.08.2020

Palais Sommer, Dresden (DE)

Conductor,
Ensemble Mediterrain
Camilla Nylund, soprano

Works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Puccini.


22.09.2020

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
Works by Mozart and Berio.

25.10.2020

Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Works by Haydn and Mozart.

01.-03.02.2021

Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
-Video Production-

Shin: The Hunter's Funeral;
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque;
Mahler: Symphony n. 1 (K. Simon)

27.03.2021

Loulé (PT)

Competition Jury
Prémio Jovens Músicos, RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal


02.04.2021

Lukaskirche, Dresden (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Haydn: "The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross"

20.06.2021

Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Dresdner Philharmonie
Javier Perianes, Piano

Grieg.

06.07.2021

Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
Shin: The Hunter's Funeral;
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque;
Mahler: Symphony n. 1 (K. Simon)

16.07.2021

Palais Sommer, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
Falla: "The Three-Cornered Hat" (world premiere of the new version by B. Borralhinho for chamber orchestra and narrator)


02.09.2021

Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Wind and Percussion Ensemble of the Dresdner Philharmonie
Peter Bruns, Cello

Dvorák: Serenade op. 44
Martinu: Concertino H. 143

19.-23.10.2021

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
-CD Production-

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