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ROBERT BONFIGLIO, harmonica

MEXICO

Called "the Paganini of the harmonica" by the Los Angeles Times, Robert Bonfiglio has surprised the most diverse audiences in the world on major stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Kennedy Center in Washington, the Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center with a repertoire that ranges from Concerto for harmonica and orchestra to blues. Recent successes include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and the Louisville Orchestra. In the current season he plays with the Galicia Symphony and Enrique Diemecke the Villa-Lobos Concerto, as well as a tour with the group Musica Vitae in Sweden and the Rockford Symphony in the United States. Robert Bonfiglio has been a soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra and Skitch Henderson at Carnegie Hall, John Williams and the Boston Pops on PBS, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and John Mauceri, with the MDR Orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus conducted by Fabio Luisi and the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and Theo Alcántara at the Teatro Colón. His performances as a soloist include concerts with the orchestras of Minnesota, Swiss Romanda, Teatro Colón, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Toulouse Capitol, RTV Española in Madrid, Royal Symphony of Seville, Estonian National, Edmonton, Mexico City Philharmonic, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Oregon, Utah and Los Angeles among many others. He has collaborated with such prestigious directors as Fabio Luisi, Fabio Mechetti, Giancarlo Guerrero, Lukas Foss, Eri Klas, Pinchas Steinberg, Gerard Schwarz, Lucas Vis, Jorge Mester, Theo Alcántara, Robert Bernhardt, JoAnn Falletta, Maximiano Valdés, Andrew Sewell, Bruce Ferden, Giséle Bendor, Christopher Wilkins, Enrique García-Ascensio, Andrea Quinn, Kirk Trevor, Juan José García Caffi, Peter Jaffe, Arthur Fagen, David Alan Miller, and Marvin Hamlisch. His first compact disc for the RCA label included the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Orchestra that has been acclaimed for years by music lovers and critics. Said work by the Brazilian composer has been played on more than 350 occasions with the most prestigious ensembles in the world. His other recordings are released on the Arista, CBS, Sine Qua Non, High Harmony and QVC labels. Equally active in the field of chamber music, he has shared the stage with musicians such as Ani Kavafian, Jeffrey Solow, Milton Thomas, Colin Carr, Kenneth Cooper, Benny Kim, Evan Wilson, Nathaniel Rosen, Clare Hoffman, and the String Quartets. Mendelssohn, Lark and Miami. He studied the harmonica with Cham-ver Huang and was trained for 12 years by Andrew Lolya, first flute of the New York City Ballet, while studying the most important scores for harmonica and orchestra. His composition studies were carried out with Aaron Copland and Charles Wuorinen. He is the founding Director of the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

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