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Bonfiglio - Live

by Bonfiglio

Classical Harmonica Virtuoso ROBERT BONFIGLIO captured live performing the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Harmonica Concerto - Allegro
7:43 $0.99
2. Harmonica Concerto - Andante
7:22 $0.99
3. Harmonica Concerto - Presto
5:32 $0.99
4. Divertimento - March
1:36 $0.99
5. Divertimento - Romance
3:34 $0.99
6. Divertimento - Siciliano
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7. Divertimento - Scherzetto
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8. Divertimento - Sarabande
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9. Divertimento - Slavonic Dance
0:57 $0.99
10. Divertimento - Elegy
2:59 $0.99
11. Divertimento - Jig
1:55 $0.99
12. Three American Sketches - Westward Look
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13. Three American Sketches - Old Boston
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14. Three American Sketches - New York
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Album Notes
Called "the Paganini of the Harmonica" by The Los Angeles Times, ROBERT BONFIGLIO has dazzled audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Gewandhaus, Teatro Colón, Teatro Massimo, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and throughout the world with his ability to play : Harmonica Concertos and turn right around and “sizzle” on the ‘blues.

Robert has appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee,” “Larry King,” "The Jim Bohannon Show" and Garrison Keillor’s “American Radio Show.” He has had feature stories and reviews in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

BONFIGLIO performed recent debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony at Kennedy Center and the Louisville Orchestra.

He performed the world premiere of the Henry Cowell Harmonica Concerto with the Brooklyn Philharmonic under conductor Lucas Foss and the West Coast premiere with David Alan Miller and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Robert Bonfiglio has appeared as a soloist with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, John Williams and the Boston Pops on PBS, John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with Fabio Luisi and the MDR Orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Theo Alcantara and the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón.

BONFIGLIO has been a concerto soloist with leading orchestras around the world including the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Leipzig M D R-Radio Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Madrid Radio Television Española Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Estonia National Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Mexico City Philharmonic, as well as the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic..

His first RCA recording, with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto, was released to critical acclaim; he has performed this Concerto over 350 times with major orchestras worldwide. Bonfiglio has recorded on the RCA, Arista, CBS, Sina Qua Non, High Harmony, and QVC Labels. He performed on the Grammy winning recording, "Ragitme."

ROBERT BONFIGLIO is playing contemporary music as well with American Composer, Paul Moravec, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for Composition, writing an American Harmonica Concerto for him. Lowell Liebermann is also writing a Harmonica Concerto to premiere in with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Robert Bonfiglio got his Masters degree in composition from Manhattan School of Music. He studied harmonica with Cham-ber Huang and was coached for 12 years by Andrew Lolya, the first flute of the New York City Ballet, during which time he studied the major works for harmonica and orchestra. Robert studied composition with Charles Wuorinen and Aaron Copland.


* Reviews

Feb 16, 2009
Wuppertal Sinfonieorchester
The last movement mixes Brazilian folk music with meter and rhythm changes into a completely new tonal language. The public is enthralled!!! - Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto; Andrea Quinn, conducting

Sep 13, 2008
Stockton Symphony
"....exudes the music of this concerto with every ounce of his being."

February 1, 2008
Bonfiglio, a man for whom the term "indefatigable" seems utterly insufficient performed with bold contrasts, whether in shading of dynamics, bending of pitch and exceptional articulation .....yesterday's listeners at the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall (many of them from area high schools), clearly couldn't get enough him.

Mar 24, 2007
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
"..the virtuosic demand for the soloist was exceeded by a phenomenal Robert Bonfiglio, who had the public in his pocket."

January 23, 2007
Lincoln Center
"...the near capacity audience was genuinely enthralled with the impact of Villa-Lobos." New York Sun

Jan 26, 2007
Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch
"technically crafted performance..soulful harmonica" -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Feb 15, 2007
Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
"...the sonorities Bonfiglio used in the third movement of the Villa-Lobos Concerto were as fresh as the song of a blackbird in the morning, and just as elegant." leSoleil

Boston Globe
"Master of the Harmonica - His playing is something you have to hear to believe."

Los Angeles Times
"Paganini of the harmonica - he is that level of phenomenon..." - Mark Swed

Gewandhaus Debut
"Bonfiglio makes music: full of fire, noble."

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
..."so artistic that it takes one's breath away."

Minnesota Orchestra
"audiences at Orchestra Hall cheered..."



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