Bruno Monsaingeon è noto a livello internazionale per i suoi libri e video sui grandi musicisti del secondo novecento
Violinista e Violista di professione, Monsaingeon si è dedicato particolarmente negli ultimi trenta anni all'arte di realizzare film sulla musica
Egli è attivo anche come scrittore di libri sulla Musica
Regista dei propri film sui maggiori musicisti del nostro tempo ha vissuto a volte dei mesi con loro
Questi artisti-amici hanno mostrato a Bruno i meccanismi più profondi che li hanno portati a sviluppare la loro arte
Un recente articolo sul NY Time lo colloca al vertice della critica musicale e della conoscenza della sua evoluzione
Il Maestro Monsaingeon sarà a Villa Sandra dal 11 al 15 luglio
Il giorno 12 alle ore 21 presenterà alcuni suoi filmati alla Società Operaia di Lesa
Il giorno 14 alle ore 18 presenterà altri film a Stresa nella sala Canonical modo più esplicito per raccontare la sua attività
Bruno Monsaingeon is a Paris-based c oncert violinist who, while still active in the field of performanc e has, in the last thirty years,
devoted a large part of this time to the making of musical films.
He has directed films on and about some of the major musicians of our time, Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin, Murray Perahia, Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Viktoria Postnikova, Guennadi Rojdestvenski, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zoltán Kocsis, Friedrich Gulda, Paul Tortelier, Julius Katchen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, David Oïstrakh, Julia Varady, amongst many others.
H is long association with Yehudi Menuhin and Glenn Gould have been remarkable and have led to the production of numerous films on
various subjects with these two mu sicians. Two of these productions in particular, The Open Wall, M e nuhin in China and The Goldberg Variations , have gained worldwide acclaim.
S ince 1986, Bruno Monsaingeon has directed the following films:
Retour aux Sources , a documentary in three episodes on Yehudi Menuhin’s return to the Soviet Union; Tchaikovksy’s trio performed by Viktoria Postnikova, Yehudi Menuhin and Marc Coppey;
Profile of a player, Andrei Chesnokov ;
a Barbara Hendricks Recital in Leningrad;
the 24 Caprices by Paganini perform ed by Alexander Markov;
Organs, Toccatas and Fantasies: M a rie-Claire Alain plays Bach ; The Birth of a singer, Nicolas Rivenq.
I n 1993, he dedicated two programmes, a documentary The Unknown Fiddler of Santa Barbara and a concert Gilles Apap and Friends , to the award-winning young French violinist Gilles Apap.
I n 1990, he began two vast and long term projects on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and David Oistrakh.
H e has filmed three recitals with Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau ( Die Schöne M ü llerin, and a programme of selected Lieder by Schubert, two Lieder cycles by Schumann: Liederkreis op. 24 et Dichterliebe op. 48) and three Masterclasses on works by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann.
T o complete this impressive cycle, Bruno Monsaingeon then directed a major documentary profile of the maestro, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, Autumn Journey (• Charles Cros Academy Video Prize, 1998 François Reichenbach Prize, Orphée du Lyrique en Images, 1998) .
A fter several years of research, Bruno Monsaingeon found, restored
and edited a vast amount of archiv al footage on the great Soviet violinist David Oistrakh. In addition to the three programmes of The David Oistrakh Collection , based on rare concert material filmed in the Soviet Union, Monsaingeon recently directed a major profile of the violinist, entitled David Oistrakh, Artist of the People? (• West Flanders International Art Film Festival Prize, Knokke Belgium, 1995 Charles Cros Academy Video Prize, 1998).
I n 1995, he completed a two-hour special, Yehudi M e nuhin, The
Violin of the Century (• Diapason d'Or, 1996 • Charles Cros Academy Grand Prize, 1996 • Gramophone Prize for Best Video, 1996) , to mark the violinist's 80th birthday.
H e then directed Death and the M a iden , with the world famous Alban Berg Quartet, for the celebrations of the bicentenary of Franz
Schubert's birth (January 1997).
B runo Monsaingeon simultaneously spent many years putting
together a film on the Russian pi anist Sviatoslav Richter, reconstructing his life story for the major biographical profile Richter, The Enigma . (• FIPA d'Or 1998 • Procirep Classique en images Prize Ve biennale of filmed4 music, 1998 • Documentary Prize - Banff Festival, Canada, 1998 • Charles Cr os Academy Video Prize, 1998 • Best audiovisual musical diffusion Prize - Professional Syndicate for dramatic and musical critics, 1998 • Grand Prix Pratt & Whitney Canada - Art Film Festival of Montreal, 1999 • Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, 1999 • Diapason d'Or Classical Music DVD, 2001
Cannes Classical Award, Classical Music DVD, 2001 ).
H e then directed Julia Varady, Song of Passion, a profile of one of the best loved singers of the opera wo rld. This profile presents the different stages of her career and is coupled with a recital in which Julia Varady sings works by Wagner, Strauss and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by the distinguished Russi an pianist Viktoria Postnikova.
W ith the French violinist Gilles Apap, he directed the film Gilles Apap plays the M o zart's Third Concerto.
In 2000, he directed the Art of iolin (Choc du Monde de la Musique for the DVD • Diapason d’Or for DVD • Charles Cros Academy Grand Prize for DVD) , a 2-parts series covering a vast panorama of the world's most celebrated 20th c entury violinists (Mischa Elman, Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifetz, Frit z Kreisler, David Oïstrakh, Yehudi Menuhin etc . )
In 2001, he directed Piotr Anderszewski plays The Diabelli Variations (• Choc du Monde de la Musique for CD • Citation Musique, UNESCO FIFAP 2001 ).
I n 2002, he directed a documentary and a concert programme with
the Artemis Quartet. Strings Attached (• Prix Pédagogie Musique, Unesco FIFAP 2002) illustrates how a small group of top musicians live and work together with the aim of perfecting the world's most beautiful musical works. This f ilm focuses on one of the most ambitious and mysterious works in all the string quartet repertory, Beethoven's Grosse Fuge.
I n 2002, he directed three piano concerts, with Francesco Libetta , with Grigori Sokolov and with Piotr Anderszewski , the latter playing
and conducting from the keyboard two Mozart Concertos.
H e also directed Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Conductor or Conjuror? (• “Grand Prix démarche d’artiste Musique”, FIFAP Unesco 2003) , a documentary featuring the Russian conductor talking about what he knows best: the art of conducting, and a concert with Rozhdestvensky conducting “Dead S ouls” by Alfred Schnittke and “Zdravitsa” by Sergei Prokofiev. Following this, in 2004 he completed The Red Baton – Scenes from M u sical Life in Stalinist Russia (• Pratt & Whitney Grand Prize, Festival International des Films sur l'Art, Montréal 2005 • Grand Prix Musique, FIFAP Unesco 2005) .
A lso in 2004, Valery Sokolov, Natural Born Fiddler , a concert cum portrait of the brilliant 17 year old Ukrainian violinist.
I n 2004, Bruno Monsaingeon made his début as a conductor in Russia, playing in Ekaterinburg a Bach Concerto with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducti ng them in two Concertos by
Mozart and Beethoven performed by t he brilliant Russian pianist Boris B e rezov sky .
I n 2006, he completed Glenn Gould, Hereafter (• FIPA D'OR, Biarritz 2006 • Choc of the Year 2006, Le Monde de la Musique) , a retrospective of the life and work of Gould, seen from today’s point of view and based on a synthesis of a ll the documents existing on Gould, whether of a musical or of a literar y and intellectual nature, this film strives to deal with the question of Gould’s genius such as it is perceived by his audience, an audienc e that extends far beyond the strict notion of a musical audience.
I n 2007, Bruno Monsaingeon devoted a film to the Masterclasses of the distinguished singer Julia Varady.
I n 2008, he directed Dav i d Fray , Swing, Sing & Think , in which
the young French piano star is seen recording som e Bach Concertos with the Deutsche Kammer Philharmonie Bremen » which he conducts from the piano.
T hen, A Piotr Anderszewski recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic, and Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet traveller, an extraordinarily m o ving profile of the great Polish pianist. (• FIPA D'OR, Biarritz 2009 - Festival International des Films sur l'Art 2009, Montréal category « meilleur portrait », Choc Classica 2009)
A lso in 2008, he filmed the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, directed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, featuring Valery Sokolov as soloist .
F inally in 2009, a Valery Sokolov / Dav i d Fray Recital was filmed at the Verbier Festival.
B runo Monsaingeon is also the author of seven books : “ Mademoiselle” (conversations with Nadia Boulanger), “ Le dernier Puritain” , “ Contrepoint à la ligne” and “ Non, je ne suis pas du tout un excentrique” , a series of three books containing the entire literary output of the great Canadian piani st, composer and writer, Glenn Gould, " Richter, Ecrits et Conversations" (France Culture Muses Award, Pelleas 1999 Award) Editions van de Velde-Arte Editions-Actes Sud, " Passion M e nuhin , l'Album d'une vie " Editions Textuel-Arte Editions, and in 2002, Glenn Gould : “ Journal d’une crise” followed by “ Correspondance de concert” .