Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

Gstaad String Academy 2019 with Ivan Monighetti

Recorded live on August 9, 2019


Alejandro Viana plays the Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (Second movement, Lento-Allegro Molto) by Edward Elgar.


Alejandro Viana was born in Madrid in 1996. He begins his studies of cello at age of 7 years old. In 2013 wins the Extraordinary Prize of Degree in Conservatory P. Soler de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid). He studies with the teacher María de Macedo and continued his studies under Lluis Claret in Barcelona.

Currently Alejandro Viana studies in Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía under Ivan Monighetti, and previously with Natalia Shakhoskaya. He has received masterclasses from teachers like Raphaël Pidoux, Christophe Coin, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Wolfang Boetcher, Amit Peled, Wolfgang E. Schmidt, Claudio Bohórquez, Daniel Grosgurin, Stephan Forck, Alexander Rudin, Gary Hoffman, Jens-Peter Maintz, Menahem Presler, Gidon Kremer, Frans Helmerson and Truls Mork.  He has participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Lac Lemán Masterclass, Rutesheim Festival, Kronberg Masterclass and Santander Festival, playing with maestros like Zakhar Bron, Ivan Monighetti, Nobuko Imai and Krysztof Penderecki. He has also performed André Previn “Nonet” with Anne-Sophie Mutter. In his school he has been awarded three times with the “Most Outstanding Student” prize. Since 2018 he is part of the Class d’Excellence under Gautier Capuçon.



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Ivan Monighetti – A great cellist and wonderful teacher

Ivan Monighetti was Mstislav Rostropovich’s last student at the Moscow Conservatory. He was a top prizewinner in many international competitions including the 1974 Tchaikovsky competition, and since then he has enjoyed a career which has taken him all over Europe, to America, Japan and Korea.

Ivan Monighetti participated in many important festivals such as Ravinia festival, Berliner Festwochen, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Argerich Festival, the Cello Festival in Kronberg, Holland Music Session.

As a soloist he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic under Krzysztof Penderecki, the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Kurt Masur, the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Muhai Tang, the Moscow Philharmonic under Mstislav Rostropovich, Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, SWR Stuttgart under Andrey Boreyko and Sinfonia Varsovia under Charles Dutoit.

Ivan Monighetti ́s sensational appearances at numerous contemporary music festivals have brought him a wide reputation as one of the leading figures in the field of modern music. He is constantly expanding his musical range as a result of his work with contemporary composers such as Penderecki, Dutilleux, Tan Dun, Knaifel, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov, Ali-Zadeh. Many works written especially for him are now part of the established cello repertoire.

Monighetti is also highly respected for his expertise in the performance practice of the 18th and 19th centuries and is the founding director of the Moscow early music festival. He has collaborated with musicians such as Anner Bylsma, Nancy Argenta, Simon Standage, Ronald Brautigam, Wieland Kuijken, Andrew Manze.

Among his chamber music partners were Marta Argerich, Sol Gabetta, Sabine Meyer, Liana Issakadze, Michail Pletnev, Arto Noras, Rafael Oleg.

Ivan Monighetti has now a varied career as a cello soloist and a conductor of international repute. He conducted an English Haydn Festival Orchestra, Österreichisch-Slowakische Philharmonie, Moscow Sympnonie Orchestra, Sinfonia Juventus, Nizniy Novgorod Symphonie, Arpeggione Orchestra, Musica Viva Moscow, Algarve Symphonie, Viva Cello Festival Orchestra.

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