Acclaimed throughout the music world as not just a performer, but an �artiste�, Italian violinist Roberto Cani has continued to bring his art to the highest of levels, captivating and delighting audiences in the United States and abroad, since his solo debut at the Gaveau Hall in Paris. Beginning his studies at the tender age of seven, Mr. Cani has been a first and grand prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Paganini International Competition in Genoa, the Courcillon International Competition, and the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Belgrade, where he also captured a special award for the best performance of a contemporary work. In addition, he has been the winner of the Minetti Prize and received honors at the Tchaikovsky Competition.
A current resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Cani has performed throughout the United States as well as in Italy, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Belgium, Poland, Serbia, France, Taiwan, Japan, Austria and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, the RAI Symphony (Italy), the Belgrade and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestras, the Haydn Symphony, the American Youth Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Burbank Philharmonic, the Glendale Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the Paradise Symphony and the Marina Del Rey Symphony. His performances have been televised nationally for PBS, RAI in Italy, RB in Yugoslavia, NHK in Japan, ZDF in Germany and in Taiwan. He has been featured on several occasions in radio broadcasts on both KMZT and KKGO in Los Angeles. Other notable appearances include his widely acclaimed performance of the first concerti of Paganini and Szymanowski in Italy and his premiere of a piece by Polish composer, Gorecki, for violin and piano.
Mr. Cani is a graduate of the Milan Conservatory, the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, and the University of Southern California. He has studied with world-renowned violinists Viktor Tretiakov, Abrahm Shtern, Pavel Vernikov, A.Schoenfeld, R.Lipsett. He currently teaches at the Summer Festivals in Positano, Italy and Hvar, Croatia. Mr. Cani has also had the pleasure of touring with conductor and pianist Justus Frantz, participating in Chamber Music Festivals in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and the Canary Islands. Recently, he has performed as Concertmaster for La Scala Orchesta in Milan.
Mr. Cani has recorded the Vivaldi �Four Seasons�, sonatas by Respighi and Busoni with pianist Jeffrey Swann, and the solo sonatas of Bartok, Ysaye, Bloch, and Prokofiev under the Arkadia and Agora labels. His other recordings include the Tchaikovski violin concerto, and a CD of favorite encores.
Mr. Cani currently plays on a Pietro Guarneri of Venice on loan from the Canale foundation in Italy.