Biography

Violist Nicolò Eugelmi’s international career features acclaimed solo, orchestral, and chamber performances throughout North America and Europe at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, in collaboration with a rich cadre of preeminent artists and ensembles. He is a champion of the music of our time, working closely with today’s leading composers, and has presented several important premieres. His performances and recordings have been met with much praise, and have garnered him reviews and accolades in leading arts publications across the globe.

The 2018-19 season showcases the breadth of Mr. Eugelmi's repertoire, performing rediscovered masterworks as well as staples of the classical canon. In July he will serve as the new principal violist at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, CO. While at the Festival, and under the baton of Music Director Guillermo Figueroa, he collaborates with fellow principal players, including Maestro Figueroa, in a special chamber concert that includes Dvorák’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 97 and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18. Additionally, he is featured as the viola soloist in Johann Gottlieb Graun’s recently rediscovered Viola Concerto in E-flat. Then, starting in September, Mr. Eugelmi assumes the position of guest principal viola with the Toronto Symphony. While in Canada, he will collaborate the TSO Chamber Soloists—performing Prokofiev's Quintet in G minor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Double Bass, Op. 39; and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht—as well as host a private studio at the University of Toronto and coach special chamber music sessions, among other projects.

Rounding out Mr. Eugelmi’s appearances during the season, he performs in several chamber music concerts in the United States. In September he will perform the recently rediscovered Concerto in E flat for Viola Concertata by Markus Heinrich Grauel with the Camerata Milwaukee, a group that is dedicated to community engagement. Then he will travel to the University of Iowa where he will join the Amara Piano Quartet for Saint-Saëns' Barcarolle Op. 108, Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor K. 478, and Brahms' Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60 on November 4 and 8.

Mr. Eugelmi’s recitals and collaborations have brought his remarkable artistry to many of the world's finest venues, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and such festivals as the Casals Festival in Prades. A consummate collaborator, he has performed with such artists as pianists Joseph Kalichstein and Menahem Pressler and cellist Arto Noras.

Much in demand as an orchestral soloist, Mr. Eugelmi has appeared with the Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He has performed under the baton of such esteemed conductors as Mario Bernardi, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Charles Dutoit, Jacques Lacombe, and Jon Washburn. Highlights include the Canadian premiere of Britten’s Double Concerto with Charles Dutoit and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante led by Jean-Claude Casadesus, both with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Mr. Eugelmi has given many Canadian, US, and world premieres, such as John Harbison's Viola Concerto (1988) with the CBC Radio Orchestra and Kerri-Lynn Wilson; Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher (1935) with Rolf Bertsch and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Gavin Bryars' The North Shore with the CBC Radio Orchestra and Owen Underhill; Imant Raminsh's What Voices in an Unknown Tongue with the Vancouver Chamber Choir led by Jon Washburn; as well as his own commission from the late Jacques Hétu, Concerto pour Alto et Orchestre, 
Op. 75, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières led by Jacques Lacombe. Most recently in 2016, he gave the world premiere of Miguel del Aguila’s Concierto en Tango for Viola and Orchestra at the Music in the Mountains festival under the direction of Guillermo Figueroa.

Mr. Eugelmi’s acclaimed discography has earned him much praise from many of today’s leading arts publications and garnered several awards and distinctions. His debut recording, Brahms Sonatas and Songs, was named ‘Strad Selection for Recital Disc’ by The Strad Magazine. His consequent collaboration with Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Brahms Lieder, was designated ‘Editor's Choice’ by Gramophone magazine, and received a JUNO nomination and a Prix Opus. His recordings include the works of Saint-Saëns, Kreisler, Zimbalist, Ysaӱe, Raminsh, Schumann, and Brahms, and have been released on the Analekta, Skylark Records, CBC Records, and Naxos labels.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Eugelmi was a member of Fine Arts Quartet from 2009-2013. He toured extensively throughout Europe and North America with the ensemble, including performances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Mr. Eugelmi has collaborated with renowned chamber musicians such as violinists Martin Beaver, Andrew Dawes, and Régis Pasquier; violists Guillermo Figueroa and Paul Neubauer; cellist Arto Noras; pianists Joseph Kalichstein and Menahem Pressler, and the Talich Quartet and Vlach Quartet Prague.

Additionally, Mr. Eugelmi's work has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, NPR, Radio 4 Netherlands, Radio-Canada, Radio France, RNE Spain, RTP Radio Nacional, TVR Cultural Romania, and Yle Finland.

Dedicated to teaching the next generation of musicians, Mr. Eugelmi has been Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, served on the faculties of the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music, and has taught, adjudicated, coached, and given masterclasses at institutions in North America and Europe such as the Royal College of Music in London, the Casals Festival in Prades, the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, the University of Montreal, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, among many others.

Mr. Eugelmi has also held the positions of associate principal violist with the Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and principal violist with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

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