"Ambassador of Portuguese music"

Público (PT)



Monthly column in Da Capo

Theme & Variations is the title of the 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 last issues here, with exclusive interviews with prominent personalities such as the cellist Antônio Meneses, the flutist Emmanuel Pahud, the conductor Ton Koopman, the author Norman Lebrecht, the violist Tabea Zimmermann, the soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan, the violinist Alina Pogostkina, the composer Sofia Gubaidulina, the viola da gamba player and conductor Jordi Savall or the bass René Pape:

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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.


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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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.


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

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.


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

The diversified artistic activity of Bruno Borralhinho includes the 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), the Berliner Symphoniker (DE) and the Dresdner Philharmonie (DE), and worked along with internationally renowned soloists such as Camilla Nylund, Tara Erraught, Sarah Maria Sun, Lothar Odinius, Peter Bruns and Javier Perianes.

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.

In 2009 he launches the CD Página Esquecida (Forgotten Page) 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 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.

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.


"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.



R. Strauss, Mahler
& Zemlinksy

Bruno Borralhinho, cello
Christoph Berner, piano
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


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


Teatro Guaíra, Curitiba (BR)

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


Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (DE)

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


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

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


Caldas da Rainha (PT)

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


Philharmonie, Berlin (DE)

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


Webermuseum, Dresden (DE)

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


Konzertplatz Weisser Hirsch, Dresden (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain

Works by Mozart and R. Strauss.


Palais Sommer, Dresden (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Camilla Nylund, soprano

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


Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
Works by Mozart and Berio.


Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Works by Haydn and Mozart.


Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
-Video Production-

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


Loulé (PT)

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


Lukaskirche, Dresden (DE)

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


Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Dresdner Philharmonie
Javier Perianes, Piano

Grieg: Piano Concerto
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite n.1


Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

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


Ballsaal Parkhotel, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
-Video Production-

Falla: "The Three-Cornered Hat"


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)


Casa da Música, Porto (PT)

Competition Jury
Prémio Jovens Músicos (Final round), RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal


Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

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

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


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
-CD Production-


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Lully, Mozart and Bártok


Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais (PT)

-CD Production-


Kulturpalast, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain
-20th Anniversary Concert-
Sarah Maria Sun, soprano

Ravel, Albéniz, Debussy, Berio and Luís Tinoco (world premiere)


Lukaskirche, Dresden (DE)

Conductor, Ensemble Mediterrain


Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Luis de Freitas Branco


Villa Teresa, Coswig (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Schubert and Arriaga


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (PT)

Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
-CD Release- (NAXOS)


Barockschloss Rammenau (DE)

Ensemble Mediterrain
Debussy and Franck


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