Bruno Weinmeister, Violoncello
is known as the principal cellist of the Dresden Opera and Zurich Opera House. Since 2017 he has been professor for violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He studied cello with Heinrich Schiff in Basel and Salzburg, and with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin. His curiosity and fascination for music led to encounters with great musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Friedrich Cerha, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Friedrich Gulda.
After conducting studies with Eiji Oue in Hanover followed an intensive collaboration period with Claudio Abbado as his assistant in Lucerne and Berlin. A musical assistant at the Bayreuth Festival leads to invitations for conducting the orchestras from Lausanne, Basel and St. Gallen, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Volksoper and the Tonkünstler Niederösterreich.
As a guest solo cellist of international orchestras, he played with the orchestras of the Bavarian State Opera, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Stuttgart Opera and the radio orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Freiburg. Bruno Weinmeister is a sought-after chamber musician: Heinz Holliger, Benjamin Schmid, Emanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, Jan Gottlieb Jiracek von Arnim are among his partners.
His solo activities include appearances with the radio orchestras of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, with the orchestras of Lyon, Turin, Bologna and Glasgow, the Mozarteumorchester and Brucknerorchester, with the symphony orchestras of Basel and Bern, directed by Francesco Angelico, Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger, Heinrich Schiff, Susanna Mälkki, Sebastian Weigle, Theodor Guschelbauer, Ari Rasilainen, Christian Zacharias, Hans Graf, Leopold Hager, Günther Neuhold, Heribert Beisel, Karl-Heinz Stephens, Yuri Simonov.