Concert-lecture by Mario Caroli, flute, with Katharina Kleger, pianoforte 29/09/2019 at 11:30 in Sala Monteverdi
Started the flute at the age of 14 and he got his soloist diploma at the age of 19. He was awarded, when he was 22 years old, the coveted "Kranichsteiner Musikpreis" at Darmstadt. He has since enjoyed a highly successful solo career as one of the most remarkable flutists of his generation. The conception of his programs and his wide repertoire show an absolute authentic and personal approach of the profession.
In his concerts he combines works by Marin Marais and Brian Ferneyhough with a disarming simplicity. There are no barriers between the different stylistic areas for him and he refuses to be seen as a "specialist" in limited repertoire genres. Mario Caroli belongs to the small circle of artists able to play a classical concerto as well as the most complex contemporary piece with the same vitality and virtuosity. It is maybe also due to this reason if his public appareances receive always such a great success. His debut recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw received a standing ovation. At the occasion of one of his recitals at the Société Philharmonique of Bruxelles, a critic remarked: "the audience was literally amazed by his technique, his power, his poetry and his musicality", whereas his first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris was called to be "of an amazing evocative power".
Mario Caroli appears regularly in the greatest concerthalls of the world, including the Philharmonic Halls of Berlin and Cologne, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the New York Lincoln Centre (in the cycle of "Great Performers"), Suntory Hall, Oji Hall and Opera City House of Tokyo, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles.
He plays flute concertos -from Vivaldi to Sciarrino, as well as Mercadante, Ibert or Jolivet -with the Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestra of WDR, the orchestra of SWR, the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Iceland National Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the TokyoSinfonietta, the Orchestras of the Stuttgart, Rouen and Cagliari Opera Houses. He has been a soloist also with Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Ensemble Contrechamps of Geneva, the Algoritmo Ensemble of Rome the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Schola Heidelberg with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Lothar Koenigs, Christian Mandeal, Kazushi Ono, Pascal Rophé, Oswald Sallaberger.Mario Caroli also obtained a university degree in philosophy (summa cum laude, with a thesis on Nietzsche's "Der Antichrist") and has a passion for poetry, cinema and psychology.