“OM conveys such powerful energy and at the same time a feel-at-home sensation”Gabriele Geminiani - First cello
Gabriele Geminiani joined the Orchestra Mozart in 2010 after being invited by Diego Matheuz. To him it was a “fantastic experience” as the Orchestra was composed for the most part of young and talented musicians. Gabriele fondly remembers that Abbado “considered the Orchestra as a second family, he succeeded in making fantastic things in the simplest way.” Abbado changed Gabriele’s conception of how to make music together.
Gabriele Geminiani was born in Pesaro, he graduated with first-class honours and an honourable mention; he played as a soloist with different orchestras like O.R.T. (Tuscany Orchestra), Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and I Pomeriggi Musicali, under the guidance of conductors like M. Whun-Chung, Sir A. Pappano, C. Poppen, K. Nagano.
He has also performed for the first time in Italy the concert for cello and orchestra by H.K. Gruber under the guidance of the composer himself, and for the first time in the history of the Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra he performed the concert by F. Gulda under the guidance of K. Jarvi.
In 1997, in Paris, in the occasion of the international competition “M. Rostropovich”, he won the special prize for the best performance of the piece “Spins and Spells” by K. Saariaho. In 1998 he won the cello competition and became first cellist at O.R.T. in Florence and in 1999 he won another competition in Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra of Rome ,where he still holds the place of first cellist.
He worked with famous conductors like M. Whun-Chung, G. Sinopoli, W. Sawallisch, Y. Temirkanov, L. Maazel, C. Abbado, R. Muti, G. Pretre, M. Rostropovich, D. Gatti, G. Dudamel, V. Gergiev, K. Masur, Sir J.E. Gardiner and in chamber music performances he worked with Chung, A. Lonquich, R. Prosseda, A. Carbonare, S. Shoji, R. Christ, L. Kavakos, M. Brunello, M. Argerich, G. Braunstein and D. Waskiewicz.
He played as first cellist with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and with Symphonica d’Italia ; he regularly works with Orchestra Mozart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the invitation of C. Abbado. He made records for La Bottega Discantica and for Decca.
He plays a “Carlo Giuseppe Oddone” cello crafted in 1903.