First Cello of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Gabriele Geminiani

Gabriele Geminiani

Gabriele Geminiani was born in Pesaro. He studied the cello and graduated with higher honours. He studied with W. Di Stefano, M. Cazacu, W. Grimmer, M. Scano and took masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena with M. Maisky and A. Meneses. He studied chamber music with the 'Trio di Trieste' and took Chamber Music courses at the Accademia "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola under P. N. Masi and at the Accademia "Angelica Constantiniana" with K. Bogino, as well as courses under P. Vernikov and A. Menieur.

He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the ORT in Florence and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Cecilia, performing a large part of the solo repertoire under such conductors as G. Ferro, F. Petracchi, W. Nelsson and Myung Whun-Chung, with the latter as both conductor and pianist, Geminiani performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto.  He has also performed Brahms' Double Concerto conducted by K. Nagano and Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante under Sir A. Pappano.

He performed in the Italian première of HK Gruber's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra conducted by the composer himself and, for the first time in the history of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, he performed F. Gulda's Cello Concerto under K. Jarvi.

In 1997, at the international "M. Rostropovich" competition in Paris, Geminiani received a special prize for best performance of Spins and Spells by K. Saariaho. In October 2002, he was invited to perform in Paris again for the Competition's twenty-fifth anniversary along with winners of previous editions under the direction of Rostropovich himself.

In 1998, he won the competition for Principal Cellist of the ORT in Florence. In 1999, he won the competition for Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, a role he still holds.

He has worked with such renowned conductors as M. Whun-Chung, G. Sinopoli, W. Sawallisch, Y. Temirkanov, L. Maazel, C. Abbado, R. Muti, G. Pretre, M. Rostropovich, D. Gatti, G. Dudamel, V. Gergiev, K. Masur, Sir J. E. Gardiner and others. He has also performed chamber music with M. W. Chung, A. Lonquich, M. Campanella, L. Di Bella, A. Dindo, R. Prosseda, A. Carbonare, Y.Kikuchi, A. Caiello, A. Oliva, G. Cascioli, S. Shoji, L. De Fusco, R. Christ, L. Kavakos, M. Brunello and M. Argerich.

He has been Principal Cellist of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Symphonica d'Italia, Orchestra Mozart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In recent years, he has played with the Human Rights Orchestra, which was created to defend human rights.

As Principal Cellist, he has done world tours performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as the Philarmonie in Berlin, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sala delle Colonne, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, The Great Hall of the Conservatory in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Musica and Auditorium in Barcelona, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna and KKL in Lucerne, as well as many prestigious Italian theatres.

Along with his career as a musician, he also teaches cello courses throughout Italy.

He has taught masterclasses at the 'Pedrollo' Conservatory in Vicenza and held the cello chair for the Master's degree at the 'St Cecilia' Music Conservatory in Rome.

He plays in the "Le Architetture" string trio with violinist G. Pieranunzi and violist F. Fiore, who, along with Alda Caiello, have recorded music by I. Pizzetti for La Bottega Discantica. He will soon be releasing a CD of Mendelssohn quartets with R. Prosseda for Decca.

Gabriele Geminiani plays a Carlo Giuseppe Oddone cello from 1903.