Italian-born, London-based, Bruno Cinquegrani is the former associate conductor of the Los Angeles Opera and the former associate conductor of the Crimean State Philharmonic Orchestra.
He studied piano and composition in his native Naples, Italy, and orchestra and chorus conducting in Mannheim, Germany. He was then awarded a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival studying orchestra conducting with David Zinman, attending a masterclass with James Levine and performing at the Harris Hall and B. Bayer Music Tent.
In June 2012 he has started his collaboration with the “Fundacja Forma” (Warsaw) and the National Orchestra of Poland for the public performances and recordings of the music of Andrzej Kurylewicz. The concerts and recordings take place at the Warsaw National Hall during the Andrzej Kurylewicz Music Days Festival.
During the 2012/13 season he made his operatic début at the Teatro di San Carlo with Il Campanello. Further previous débuts include La Traviata at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre in Tokyo during his first Japanese tour, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Seattle Opera, La Cenerentola at the Aspen Music Festival and L’elisir d’amore at the Opera Holland Park, London, with the City of London Sinfonia.
He also conducted Marino Faliero and La Traviata (Bergamo Musica Festival), Gianni Schicchi (Teatro Massimo, Palermo), Lucia di Lammermoor (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Lucrezia Borgia (Teatro Verdi, Sassari) and Falstaff (NSO Tour).
In April 2011 the recording label Naxos has published in DVD and CD, worldwide distribution, his live recording of the Donizetti’s opera Marino Faliero at the Bergamo Musica Festival.
Bruno Cinquegrani has collaborated with singers such as Plácido Domingo, Thomas Allen, Mariella Devia, Ruggero Raimondi, Paolo Gavanelli, Alexandra Kurzak, Ana Maria Martinez, Patricia Racette, Stefano Secco, Saimir Pirgu, Francesco Meli, Stephen Costello, William Burden, and directors such as Woody Allen and Elijah Moshinsky.
As a former associate conductor of the Crimean State Philharmonic Orchestra he is an experienced symphonic conductor. In Crimea he gave more than fifty concerts in two seasons conducting works, among others, by Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Moussorgsky, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Strawinsky and Strauss. Further performances include concerts with the Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo, National Orchestra of Poland, Belgrade Philharmonic and National Orchestra of Ukraine.
In 2007 Bruno Cinquegrani started his collaboration with James Conlon. He worked with him on Simon Boccanegra at the Opera Bastille, on Falstaff at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and on Gianni Schicchi, L’elisir d’amore, Simon Boccanegra, I due Foscari and La Cenerentola at the Los Angeles Opera, where in June 2012 he completed his tenure as associate conductor.
Further collaborations include Madama Butterfly and La Traviata at the Aspen Music Festival with David Zinman and Julius Rudel, Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House with Renato Palumbo and Maurizio Benini, Turandot at the National Theatre in Helsinki with Muhai Tang, La Gazza Ladra at the Garsington Festival with David Parry, and the recordings of Didone and Vologeso for the label Orfeo with Frieder Bernius.
In January 2012 Bruno Cinquegrani was invited by the Domingo – Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, to coach the young singers on the interpretation of the Italian repertoire.