Artist, interpreter, and researcher as in one, passionately keen on contemporary music, Matteo Cesari (Bologna, Italy, 1985) has played as a soloist worldwide, from Europe to Asia, from Australia to the Americas. His musical career path has been enriched from Italy, Strasbourg (Mario Caroli) till the Conservatoire de Paris (Sophie Cherrier) and the University Paris IV (Sorbonne), where he obtained his doctoral degree with the highest honour (congratulations from the jury) in April 2015, specializing in interpretation, research and practice, with his thesis on the interpretation of time in L’orologio di Bergson of Salvatore Sciarrino and Carceri d’Invenzione IIb of Brian Ferneyhough. Being the laureate at several other competitions, he also won the prestigious Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt.
His passion for contemporary music leads him to collaborate with many composers and artists of our time, such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Alberto Posadas, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Hugues Dufourt, Stefano Gervasoni, Ivan Fedele, Péter Eötvös, Michael Finnissy, Marco Momi, Pierluigi Billone, Barbara Hannigan, Stéphane Degout, Otto Katzameier, Christian Dierstein, Carolin Widmann, Cédric Tiberghien and Maurizio Pollini.
He has performed in the main concert halls and festivals in Europe (Philharmonie de Paris, Köln Philharmonie, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musica in Strasbourg, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Wien Modern, Luxembourg Philharmonic), China (Shanghai New Music Week), Japan (Toppan Hall for Maurizio Pollini Project), Australia and the Americas (Italian Academy in New York, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires).
As a soloist, he has performed with Ensemble Intercontemporain, BBC Scottish Orchestra (Matthias Pintscher cond.) and Guanajuato Symphony. Furthermore, he has collaborated with several orchestras and ensembles such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Pappano cond.), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Multilatérale, Ensemble Court- Circuit, Ensemble Sillages, Contrechamps, Nieuw Ensemble.
He has given quantities of masterclasses and seminars organized by the Conservatory of Shanghai (China), Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and University of London (UK). In addition, he teaches the interpretation of electroacoustic music at IRCAM and Pôle Sup’93 and as interpreter in residence in the composition class of Salvatore Sciarrino at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena in Italy.
He has recently released the complete recording of Salvatore Sciarrino’s solo flute works for Kairos.