Michael Antonello attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a student of Jascha Brodsky, followed by studies at Indiana University where he worked with concert violinist Franco Gulli. He was also engaged as an orchestral and chamber musician at the Mostly Mozart Festival in NY. Following his studies, he was appointed concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony.
In addition, he has served as concertmaster of the orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota and held temporary tenures with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Antonello has recently been a featured soloist with the Erato Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, the Rochester Symphony, Milano Classica, Romanian Philharmonic, and St. Petersburg’s “State Capella Orchestra”.
Antonello has also performed extensively in recital with pianist Peter Arnstein, including regular performances at the Edinburgh Festival. Together they have recorded seven CD’s, which include much of the standard Sonata repertoire, as well as favorite violin showpieces. Mr. Antonello has recorded many violin concertos including the Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruch with conductor Philip Greenberg and the National Orchestra of Ukraine. They have also recorded Mozart Concertos No. 3 and No. 5 with the Milano Classica Orchestra. He and conductor Richard Haglund have performed concerts in Chicago, St. Petersburg Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova. In 2009, Michael Antonello co-founded the Southern Tuscany International Festival of Music, Literature, Food, and Wine. www.musicaneglihorti.it
On this recording he plays the 1742 “Ex-Benno Rabinof” violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. This violin is from the rare late period 1740-44, the last four years of his life. Only 25 violins exist from this period and are considered by many artists to be the most powerful and beautiful of all violins. This is a truly exquisite violin whose tone is characteristic of the period.
Philip Greenberg is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kiev Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2003. He also serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Royal Festival of the L’Eeté Musical Dans la Vallée du Lot in Cahors, France. Maestro Greenberg has also recently been named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tuscan Music Festival of the Milano Classica Orchestra of Italy.
For 18 seasons Philip Greenberg was the Musical Director/Conductor of the Savannah Symphony, where under his leadership an unprecedented level of national and international acclaim attracted the world’s most renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Isaac Stern, Joshua Bell, Franco Gulli, Phillipe Entremont, and Janos Starker.
Maestro Greenberg served as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic in California. A frequent and popular guest conductor, he has appeared on podiums in Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil and Italy as well as Chicago, Phoenix, Santa Barbara, El Paso, Colorado, Indiana and Michigan. He has recorded extensively with the Bayerisches Kammerphilharmonie and the Kiev Philharmonic and has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, including a live televised broadcast from the famed Mozarteum of Salzburg. Maestro Greenberg launched his international career as the double winner of the Nicolai Malko International Conducting Competition in Copenhagen.
He remains the only conductor in the fifty year history of the competition to win not only the judges prize but the coveted Orchestra prize voted on by the musicians of the Danish Radio Orchestra.