Born in Milan, Bruno Giuranna completed his musical studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, receiving his diploma in violin and viola. He was a founding member of the famed chamber group I Musici and, as soloist on both the viola and viola d’amore, took part in numerous highly acclaimed tours of Europe, Asia, and North and Central America. Mr. Giuranna has performed regularly with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and La Scala in Milan under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir John Barbirolli, Riccardo Muti, and Sergio Celibidache. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Giuranna was artistic director of the Padova Chamber Orchestra and of the International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo, Italy, where he now resides. His extensive discography includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Henryk Szerying, the complete Vivaldi concerti for viola d’amore, and the Mozart piano quartets with the Beaux Arts trio for Philips Records. In 1990, Mr. Giuranna’s recordings of the Beethoven string trios with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mstislav Rostropovich for Deutsche Grammaphon were nominated for a Grammy Award and his recording of the Boccherini concerti won the coveted Grand Prix du Disque from the prestigious Academie Charles Clos of Paris. Bruno Giuranna is teaching master classes in Lugano, Switzerland, Cremona and Rome, and teaches and performs throughout Europe and North America and on the internet. In 2007, he was elected president of ESTA. Recently, as part of the Chamber Music Program of Accademia Chigiana, Mr. Giuranna, along with Salvatore Accardo and Antonio Meneses, toured with the rising young stars of the new generation in Argentina and Uruguay, giving very successful concerts in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Montevideo.
Please visit Mr. Giuranna's website at: www.giuranna.it/
Associate Artistic Director
Pianist Derek Han’s elegant, polished, and compelling playing has dazzled audiences across five continents. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Han has recorded the complete Mozart piano concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Haydn piano concerti with the English Chamber Orchestra, and the five Beethoven concerti live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Berliner Symphoniker. His chamber music recordings include the Brahms viola sonatas with Bruno Giuranna; Mozart violin sonatas with Joseph Silverstein; and the Brahms piano quartets. Mr. Han has performed in London’s Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berliner Symphoniker, in Beijing and Hong Kong with the Philharmonie der Nationen, in addition to engagements with the Czech National Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta and German Philharmonic. In recent years, he has made chamber music appearances at Music@Menlo, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and the Finca Festival in the Canary Islands. In 2007, Mr. Han opened the Berlin Symphony season playing the Beethoven Emperor Concerto at the Philharmonic Hall, in addition to playing the complete Beethoven piano concertos in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Sofia Festival Orchestra. Other engagements included the opening concert of the Russian Winter Festival, performing Beethoven with the Moscow State Symphony, and at the sold-out gala Valentine’s Day concert in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he played the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2. His recording of the Brahms violin sonatas with Curtis Macomber for Bridge Records was released last year.