ROBERTO GONZÁLEZ-MONJAS, VIOLINIST

“Roberto González is a wonderful violinist with brilliant musical instincts. His performance of my Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra and my violin and piano sonata were breathtaking. His love for his art is evident in every phrase he plays, and I am thrilled to endorse him.(John Corigliano, American composer, winner of the Oscar Academy Award and a Pulitzer Award).

Born in Valladolid (Spain) in 1988, Roberto González-Monjas has quickly become a sought-after musician in the orchestral, chamber music and educational fields.

He is prize winner of several international competitions, such as the ‘Ruggiero Ricci’ Competition in Salzburg and the Concours de musique et d’art dramatique Léopold Bellan in Paris, as well as of various Spanish prizes.

Roberto is a passionate concertmaster: he is the leader of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, of the Winterthur Musikkollegium and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra; besides, he guest leads Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Barcelona and Galician Symphony Orchestras as well as other international ensembles.

An active chamber musician, he is the primarius of the Winterthurer Streichquartett and has also performed with artists such as Ana Chumachenco, Lukas Hagen, Janine Jansen, Alessandro Carbonare, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Boettcher, Kit Armstrong and Thomas Riebl; besides, he has collaborated with composers John Corigliano, Lera Auerbach and Fazil Say.

Education and social projects have become an important part of Roberto’s life: in September 2013 he became one of the youngest ever violin professors at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London); in addition, he has developed a long-lasting collaboration with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and Academy in Colombia. Here his work goes from individual teaching to orchestral training, chamber music workshops and performances. Further activities include coaching the Verbier Festival Summer Camp and Amateur Chamber Music Week.

Roberto studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Igor Ozim, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with David Takeno. Moreover, he has been deeply influenced by musical contact with John Corigliano, Ana Chumachenco, Nikolaj Znaider, Reinhard Goebel, Charles Dutoit, Leonidas Kavakos, Zakhar Bron, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Tetzlaff, Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt and Ferenc Rados.  

Roberto plays a violin built  in 2011 by Stephan von Baehr.