Simonide Braconi

Born in Rome, Simonide Braconi was awarded his diploma with top honors from the Conservatorio di “S. Cecilia” in Rome. Subsequently, he went to Freiburg, Germany where he studied with Maestro S. Esposito and Maestro K. Kashkashian, earning a diploma with honors from the Musik Hochschule di Freiburg.
He furthered his studies with B. Giuranna (Acc. “W. Stauffer” in Cremona) and J. Bashmet (Acc. Chigiana di Siena, Diploma di Merito in 1991 and in 1992).
He has won many international competitions (among them awards from Köln and the “Lionel Tertis” competition in England).
Principal Violist of the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Mediterranèe, member of the Orchestra della Comunità Europea, he has also worked with Orchestra dell’ Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome as Principal Violist. In 1994, when he was only 22 years old, he was chosen by M° Riccardo Muti as Principal Violist in the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
As soloist and as part of chamber music groups he has recorded for a variety of record labels: Vigiesse, Thymallus, Rhona, Stradivarius, Agorà, Tudor, DAD, Velut Luna and Dynamic as well as made several recordings for Radio 3, RAI Radiotelevisione italiana, Rete 4, Sky Classica and the magazines CD Classica, Suonare news, the Provincia di Cremona, and Amadeus.
In chamber music group formations he has worked many artists including S. Accardo, M. Quarta, J. Rachlin, T. Brandis, M. Rizzi, A. Sitzkovesky, U. Ughi, I. Faust, P. Vernikov, D. Nordio, B. Canino, J. Swann, B. Petruchanski, A. Lucchesini, A. Hewitt, R. Filippini, E. Dindo, N. Gutman, F. Petracchi, and as soloist with such directors as W. Sawallisch e R. Muti.
He and his brother, the pianist Monaldo Braconi, frequently perform in concerts together as a duet.
Together with the other section leaders of the Orchestra del Teatro della Scala, he formed the Quartetto d’ Archi della Scala, conducting tours in the United States, South America, France, Germany, Japan and in the most important concert societies in Italy.
Member of the jury in several international competitions (including Geneva), he has been repeatedly asked to hold masterclasses in important institutions (Arts Academy in Rome, Festival delle città in Portogruaro, Gubbio Festival, Accademia “T. Varga” in Sion, Accademia Perosi di Biella); he is a professor at the Scuola Musicale di Milano.
Among his most recent performances, two in particular standout: the Kammermusik N. 5 (Concerto per viola) by P. Hindemith directed by M° W. Sawallisch with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and his performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante directed by M° R. Muti with the Orchestra Sinfonica Cherubini.
He plays a G. Gagliano viola made in 1800 belonging to the Fondazione Pro Canale Onlus of Milan.

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