Dindo, Enrico - Conductor

Date created: 05.02.2019.
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Enrico Dindo (Turin, 1965) was born into a family of musicians. He started learning cello at the age of six. He graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin and further perfected his skills with Egidio Roveda and Antonio Janigro. He was the lead cellist of the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan from 1987 to 1998. He won First Prize in the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris in 1997, on which occasion the famous Russian artist said: “Dindo is a cellist of exceptional qualities, a complete artist and a formed musician, with an extraordinary sound which flows as a splendid Italian voice.”

Then his soloist career began, and he performed in many countries with many renowned orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He performed with distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti and Mstislav Rostropovich. He has appeared in numerous festivals and concert halls all over the world, including London (Wigmore Hall), Montpellier, Santiago de Compostela, Budapest (Spring Festival), Stresa (Settimane Musicali), St Petersburg (White Nights Festival), Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik Summer Festival), Lockenhaus (Chamber Music Festival). His more recent engagements include concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and two European tours (in 2010 and 2013) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly, with concerts in Leipzig, Lucerne, Paris, London and Vienna.

He won the Abbiati Award of the Italian National Association of Music Critics in 2000 for Best Soloist of the season 1998/1999. He was the winner of the 6th International Web Concert Hall Competitionin 2004. In 2005, he was awarded the Vittorio De SicaAward by the President of the Italian Republic.

The composers who composed for him include Giulio Castagnoli (Concerto for Cello and Double Orchestra), Carlo Boccadoro (L’Astrolabio del mare, for cello and piano, and Asa Nisi Masa, for cello, two horns and strings), Carlo Galante (Luna in Acquario, for cello and ten instruments) and Roberto Molinelli (Twin Legends, for cello and strings, Crystalligence, for cello solo, and Iconogramma, for cello and orchestra).

In December 2001 he founded the cultural organisation I Quattro Cavalieri (with the support of the Pavia Municipality and Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation), where he serves as Artistic Director. He is the Music Director of the I Solisti di Pavia Chamber Orchestra, which is a part of the Foundation, as well as the Pavia Cello Academy, where he teaches cello. He is also a Professor of cello at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.

He was appointed Chief Conductor of the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra in February 2007. He records for Decca and plays a Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (ex Piatti) cello from 1717 which was entrusted to him by the Pro Canale Foundation.

Since the season 2015/2016 Enrico Dindo is Chief Conductor of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.