“… il violoncello solista, che rappresenta il basso continuo per l’intero concerto,
Matteo Montanari, è un vero virtuoso …”
(the violoncello soloist playing the Continuo in the whole concert, Matteo Montanari,
is a real virtuoso)
(14/5/2007) Corriere della Sera
Matteo Montanari was born in Ravenna, Italy, and began his musical training at the age of 7.
In 1996, Matteo received his conservatory diploma in violoncello studies (M. Mus.) at the Musical Institute “G. Verdi” of Ravenna, where he graduated with a perfect grade of 10/10. In the same year he was awarded the Rotary Prize as the Best Graduate Musician of the year. In 1999 he completed the Professional Studies program at the Musical Institute of the San Marino Republic under the guidance of M° Marianne Chen.
From 1996 to 1998 he attended the chamber music and orchestral programs of the Fiesole School of Music studying with Quartetto Italiano, Amadeus Quartett, Trio di Trieste, Trio di Parma and Trio della Scala, and studied cello with Amedeo Baldovino, Giacinto Caramia and Andrea Nannoni. During the same period he served as Principal Violoncello in the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (O.G.I.), collaborating with prestigious conductors like Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Luciano Berio.
In 1999 he was chosen by Riccardo Chailly as Principal Assistant of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “G.Verdi”, a place he has held until 2007 as he moved to Spain at the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Since 2009 he is back in Italy and he is currently collaborating with the most important orchestras of the country.
He has maintained constant concert activity in many Italian orchestras, such as I Virtuosi Italiani, Symphonica Toscanini, Theatre Orchestra of Cagliari, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia. He has performed on tours in the most important concert halls of Europe, South America and Eastern Asia and he has played with many important conductors including L.Maazel, V.Gergiev, R.Barshai, C.Hogwood, L.Slatkin, H.Blomsted, H.Rilling, M.Rostropovich, F.Bruggen, L.Jia, V. Jurowsky, M. Honeck and C.P. Flor.
He has also been active in the realms of Pop and Jazz music collaborating with artists like Andrea Bocelli,
Michael Bublè, Luis Bacalov and Max Roach.
An avid proponent of chamber music, Matteo plays with many string chamber ensembles, and also frequently arranges concerts to promote the chamber music repertoire. In 2007, as member of Tenerife String Quartett, he performed Mendelssohn’s Octet together with the Berlin Philarmoniker String Quartett.
He has recorded for Philips, RCA, Sony, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.
Matteo has a variety of teaching experience. In early 2006, an amateur orchestra, “La Verdi per Tutti” (“The Verdi for Everyone”), was founded as an extension of the Orchestra Verdi. M. Montanari was asked to be the professional section leader and tutor for the viola, cello and contrabass sections. His responsibilities included teaching individual members of the lower string sections, coaching the sections on their parts, and performing with the orchestra. He has also maintained a private teaching studio since 1996, working with students of all ages and levels.
From 2010 to 2011 Matteo has joined the International Music Conservatory of Indonesia in Jakarta (YMJ) as Head of strings department. His tasks included teaching string students from Elementary until University grades in single and group lessons, arranging music for any string ensemble, conducting the student orchestra, teaching theory subjects, public lecturing and performing, setting up the strings curriculum and course programs and coordinating the work of all the string teachers. Throughout the 2012 he has been developing string music in Surabaya (Indonesia) promoting concerts, master classes, teaching methods and music competitions.
In 2013 he has founded AMA (Accademia Musicale Armonica) in the city of Surabaya, the first music school in Indonesia to offer a western standard music education with the support of qualified teachers from abroad.