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Ivan Monighetti was Mstislav Rostropovich’s last student at the Moscow Conservatory. He was a top prize-winner in many international competitions including Moscow Tchaikovsky International Competition since then he has enjoyed a career which has taken him all over Europe, to America, Japan and Korea.
As a soloist he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Muhai Tang, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Andrei Boreyko, Dmitri Kitaenko.
His sensational appearances at major contemporary music festivals and friendships with composers such as Gubaidulina,Penderecki, Meyer, Szimanski, Tan Dun,Xenakis, Schnittke, Knaifel, Silvestrov, Ali-Zadeh, Kelterborn have brought him a wide reputation in the field of modern music. Many works written especially for him are now part of the established cello repertoire.
Following his conductor’s debut at the Haydn Festival in Great Britain, he has now a varied career as a cello soloist and a conductor of international repute. He conducted among others an English Haydn Festival Orchestra, Österreichisch-Slowakische Philharmonie, Moscow Sympnonie Orchestra, Sinfonia Juventus, Musica Viva Moscow, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Algarve Symphonie, Viva Cello Festival Orchestra.
In 2014-16 as a conductor and soloist he was an Artist-In-Residence at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonie in Poland. In October 2016 followed his debut with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam where he gave a world premiere of the Cello Concerto by Rob Zuidam.
He is featured on Swiss TV in Ritratto a Monighetti and Monighetti: Storie di famiglia, and has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Orfeo, Wergo, DUX. His new releases include Works by Alexander Knaifel (ECM), Haydn’s Cello Concertos and Menuets (DUX), on both CD’s he appears as cellist and conductor and also Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas with Pavel Gililov.
He is professor of cello at the Academy of Music Basel, at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in Madrid, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Music Academy in Krakow.
His students include such renowned soloists as Sol Gabetta, Nicolas Altstaedt, Kian Soltani, Emil Rovner and Asier Polo.