Manrico Padovani

"Penetrating lyricist", "Devil's violinist", "A violin that enchants", these are just some of the attributes that music critics use to describe the impressions that Manrico Padovani leaves behind in his concerts with his virtuosic and profound playing as well as his flawless technique. The specialized magazine "Strad-Magazine" even described him as "Violin Hero".

After his debut with recitals at the "Lucerne-Festival" and at the Stadtcasino Basel, he has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia in concert centers such as "Wiener Musikverein, Golden Hall", "Alte Oper Frankfurt", "Ohji Hall" Tokyo, "Culture and Congress Center" Lucerne, "Philharmonie" in Cologne, "Smetana Hall" Prague etc. with orchestras such as Stuttgart Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Academic Staatskapelle, Moscow Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsoviae, Prague Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Basel, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Southwest German Philharmonic, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Poznan, Güri Philharminic Orchestra Seoul etc, under the baton of R. Barshai, M. Viotti, M. Andreae, H. Griffiths, A. Boreiko, J. Lü, B. Perrenoud, C. Olivieri-Munroe and P. Altrichter, among others

He is the first Swiss violinist to perform the complete cycle of the 24 Capricci Op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini in concert (Zurich 2006). A special highlight of the past seasons was certainly his performance before Pope Benedict XVI in the Sala Nervi (in front of 8'000 spectators) in the Vatican, with the fabulous violinist Natasha Korsakova. This event was in connection with the "Sorella Natura" Foundation of Assisi, which works to raise awareness of the environment among young people. He also toured Europe with the star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, where he performed as a soloist and chamber musician.

In addition to his CD's and DVD recordings already released for various labels (including the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev No.1 and Paganini No.1), the new releases will include live recordings made in Vienna, Prague and Seoul. Manrico Padovani was also invited to record the soundtrack to Erik Bernasconi's feature film "Sinestesia". The film was presented at the international film festival "Berlinale" in 2010.

Born in Zurich to Italian parents, he studied in the master classes of Aida Piraccini-Stucki (also teacher of Anne-Sophie Mutter) in Winterthur, who had a decisive influence on his development, and Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam. He also received important impulses from internationally renowned soloists and composers such as Ruggiero Ricci, Franco Gulli, Viktor Pikaizen, Boris Belkin, Denes Zsygmondy and Karl Heinz Stockhausen.

He has won numerous prizes and awards at the "International Vienna Music Competition", the "Ruggiero Ricci Competition" in Berlin, the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena, three times the "Kiefer-Hablitzel" Prize of the "Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein", the important "Jubilee Prize" of the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), as well as other important recognitions from the "J. Baer" and "B. Schuler" foundations and the "Artist's Contribution" from the Swiss Aargau Board of Trustees. As one of the most interesting Swiss violinists, he has also been supported by the "Anne Sophie Mutter Foundation".

Manrico Padovani plays on a valuable Stradivari from 1722 and on an equally valuable Stradivari-Vuillaume Messiah from 1870.