Masterclass August 2/12
Highly sought-after as a violinist and play-director, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark as a conductor on the international scene. A natural musical leader with strong vision and clarity, Roberto possess a unique mixture of remarkable personal charisma, an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and fierce intelligence.
Roberto’s eclectic concert diary includes regular conducting, play-directing and soloist engagements with orchestras such as the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in London, Orchestre de l’Opera National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, New World Symphony in Miami and Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra. He frequently collaborates with Ian Bostridge, Yuja Wang, Janine Jansen, Alexander Lonquich, Lisa Batiashvili, Fazil Say, Reinhard Goebel, Thomas Quasthoff, András Schiff and Kit Armstrong.
In the current and future seasons, Roberto undertakes a variety of play-direct, chamber music and conducting projects with the Musikkollegium Winterthur including a tour of Asia with the clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer. He also embarks on a European tour with the Iberacademy Orchestra and tenor Rolando Villazón, with concerts at the Lucerne Easter Festival and the Mozarteum Stiftung in Salzburg. Future guest conducting engagements include debuts with Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and returns to Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. His close collaboration with composer Richard Dubugnon has resulted in a new Violin Concerto, which Roberto will premiere in May 2018.
As a violinist, Roberto is a regular soloist at the Verbier Festival, Camerata Salzburg Mozarteum Stiftung, Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Les Musiciens du Louvre.
Roberto’s variety of styles and interests is also displayed in his recording debut CD featuring Serenades by W. A. Mozart and Othmar Schoeck released on Claves Records. Gramophone reviewers wrote: In all it’s 64 minutes’ worth of music, saved from outstaying its welcome by Mozart’s ever-questing ear for an effect, among the most piquant perhaps being the pizzicato passage towards the end of the Andante. It’s played admirably here, under the direction of the well-travelled Roberto González-Monjas.
Roberto also contributed as a soloist to Sony Classical’s release of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti with the Berlin Baroque Soloists and Reinhard Goebel.
Roberto González-Monjas is currently the concertmaster of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Musikkollegium Winterthur, as well as a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and Artistic Director of Iberacademy, the Iberamerican Philharmonic Academy. He plays a 1710 Giuseppe Guarnieri ‘filius Andreae’ violin kindly loaned to him by five Winterthur families and the Rychenberg Stiftung.