Matthieu Mantanus

Matthieu Mantanus


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2014Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile Opus 14Guest Conductor
2014Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, B-flat majorConductor


Born in 1978, Matthieu Mantanus is the associate conductor of Lorin Maazel for the 2011 Castleton Festival and the principal conductor of the Ravenna Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his career as a pianist which led to his playing in Sala Verdi in Milan with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, he decided to follow a career in conducting, studying in Rome with Bruno Aprea.  In his capacity as a volunteer assistant, he studied under the master Giuseppe Sinopoli, and attended numerous master classes, including with Jorma Panula and Gianluigi Gelmetti. Invited by Lorin Mazel as a fellow in 2009 at the Castleton Festival, he became Maazel's assistant in Washington for a production by Bari's Petruzzelli theatre and associate conductor for the 2011 Festival. He founded the "Giovani Solisti di Tirana" (Young Soloists of Tirana) orchestra in 2000 and participated in the National Italian Music Committee's (CIDIM's) Allegreto Albania season, collaborating with artists such as Massimo Quarta and Giorgia Tomassi. With the same lineup, he appeared for the Milano's Concert Society and at Lugano's Auditorium Besso for Swiss Radio. In 2002, he collaborated with the orchestra of Avignon, conducting a production of Histoire du Soldat during the Festival, under the direction of Alain de Bock. In 2003, he made his conducting debut with Solisti Aquilani. He also established the youth orchestra "Camerata Italica" in Rome, together with the organist Giorgio Carnini, and became its permanent conductor. In January 2005, Mantanus, as director of the Music&Cinema season, initiated a collaboration with the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan. Since 2006, he has conducted numerous concerts with this orchestra, most notably "Crescendo in Musica", but also productions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Mozart's Magic Flute, and de Falla's El Amor Brujo. He also conducted a production of l'Histoire du Soldat at Milan's Piccolo Teatro together with Luigi Maio and, in 2007, at the Oberdan, he conducted the new live soundtrack for the film "La Terribile Armata", which was produced in collaboration with the Milan Conservatory. In 2006, he was appointed, within the Foundation, to the symphony orchestra "La Verdi per Tutti", with whom he performs regularly, collaborating with renowned artists such as the pianist Simone Pedroni. In 2008, he conducted a concert in Bollate prison, the first concert by a symphony orchestra to be held in an Italian prison. In 2009 he debuted with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, and became principal conductor of the orchestra of the City of Ravenna. In 2010, he worked with Cagliari's Teatro Lirico and Como Sociale Theatre with the Orchestra 1813. In the 2011-2012 season, for the first time he led time the Filarmonica Toscanini in Piacenza and Carpi, and the orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali at Milan's Dal Verme theatre. For the 2011-2012 season, Mantanus was invited back to conduct at Cagliari's Lirico Theatre, with a complex programme ranging from Brahms to Debussy. In February 2012, his record "Liber Mundi" was released by the label ARTS. It was recorded with the Toscanini Orchestra with music by the young Italian composer Cristian Carrara. In 2013 he has made his debut with Tito Schippa's Orchestra in Lecce, conducting Stavinsky's Firebird and Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye and Pavane. In 2009, Mantanus, an excellent communicator wrote the book "Una giornata Eroica" (A Heroic Day), at the request of the important Italian publisher Feltrinelli. The book is aimed at children, and tells the story of a day on which a conductor takes his children, aged 11 and 6, to the rehearsal for a concert (the Heroic, symphony nr. 3) which he will be conducting. The two children come into contact with the magical word of the orchestra, with its musicians who explain their instruments, and with the history of music, and Beethoven. The book aims to introduce young people to classical music, proving that the charm of Beethoven's music is still alive and that it can be interesting for children too. The first edition sold out within 4 months and, in March 2010, Feltrinelli published the first reprint. The first "Orchestra in Gioco" project was based on this book, and was produced by Como's Aslico Teatro. In December 2010, the first Heroic concert-show premiered, with numerous re-runs which have been seen by thousands of young people and families.The second "Orchestra in Gioco" project, also headed by Mantanus, began in December 2011, with numerous performances throughout northern Italy, this time of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. In 2013 he presented his JeansMusic project, a new kind of classical concert: the stage is colored, the conductor speaks with the audience and everybody wear jeans instead of frac. A way to actualize the "packaging" (the concert) in order to preserve the "essence" (the music).
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Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile Opus 14 Orchestra sinfonica di Lecce Tito Schipa 2014
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, B-flat major RAI 3 2014