Claudio Mondini
Born in 1967, Claudio Mondini grew up in Milan, Italy. At the age of six, he began studying violin with Paolo Borciani (first violin of the “Quartetto Italiano”) at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan. After Borciani’s death, he continued his lessons with Giovanna Polacco. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1988. In 1993, he enrolled in the Utrecht Conservatory to study with Eeva Koskinen, Philippe Hirshhorn and Viktor Liberman. He received his Performance Degree (U. M.) diploma in 1994.

Mondini received the Premio “Enrico Minetti” in 1994 and 1998 aworded by the Teatro alla Scala. In 1986, he won the Competition organized by the “Sergio Dragoni association of Milan. From 1986 to 1990, Mondini played in string quartet under guidance of Franco Rossi, cellist of the Quartetto Italiano. For five years, he was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra (E.C.Y.O.), taking part in the major festivals in Europe, America and India. The conductors he played with included Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claudio Abbado, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Metha, James Judd, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink. Mondini served as leader and coleader in “The Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano” orchestra from 1990 until 1993. He was a featured a soloist with that orchestra in 1989, 1990, 1991, playing Bach, Haydn and Mozart. In 1994 he is starts his collaboration with the European Camerata ( Chamber Orchestra ) with which he tours mainly in England, Spain and France. For three years, he performed regularly in violin piano duo giving recitals all over Italy. In January 1994, he performed Kurt Weill’s violin concert as a soloist with the Utrecht Blazers Ensemble. In December 1994, he was the soloist in the world premiere of the violin concert written by the Italian composer Roberto Hazon with Sanremo Simphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has been playing in many different ensembles, giving concert in Spain ( Bilbao music Festival ), Italy, Germany ( Berliner Philarmonie ), Luxemburg and France. In 1993 he founded a Piano Trio (Trio Pantoum) under the guidance of Charles Andrè Linale, Kioko Hashimoto and Jan Panenka with which he won the 1995 edition of the “Nederlands Impresariaat Competitie”, one of the leading management agency in Holland. Following this result, the Trio will debut in the Kleine Zaal of the Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam. Several concerts will follow in different associations in Holland and Europe(West Brabant Festival, Breda Music Festival, Kassel Musik Festival, Società del Giardino di Milano) and few recordings for the Dutch Radio.
In 1997 Mondini founded the Gaudeamus Ensemble looking mainly at the string quintet and sextet repertoire. In the last years the group has been recocnized as one of the most distinguished ensemble in Italy. Claudio Mondini is also interested at the baroque repertoire, collaborating with the Swiss Baroque Orchestra “ I Barocchisti “ of Lugano , participating in several CD recordings.

Orchestral experience

In the first violin section

Orchestra della R.A.I. di Milano
Orchestra da camera di Mantova
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Lugano Radio Orchestra
Aix en Provence Festival Orchestra
Tenerife Simphony Orchestra
Las Palmas Simphony Orchestra
Radio Philarmonish Orkest
Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Rotterdam Philarmonish Orkest
Radio Kamer Orkest
Concert Gebouw Orkest Amsterdam

As co-leader

European Camerata
Barcellona Simphony Orchestra
Orchestra filarmonica della Scala
Orchestra delTeatro alla Scala di Milano
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
As leader

Orchestra da camera Milano Classica
Pomeriggi musicali Milano
Orchestra G. Verdi Milano
Cameristi Lombardi
Orchestra da camera della Lombardia
Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro
Orchestra Musica Riva Festival
Teatro Cilea di Reggio Calabria
Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
Haydn Orchestra Bozen
Orchestra Città Lirica di Livorno
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino