Throughout his successful career as a soloist, chamber music player and concertmaster, Roberto Cani has established himself as a versatile and respected artist worldwide.
He 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 won a special award for the best performance of a contemporary work. In addition, he was a winner of the Minetti Prize and received honors at the Tchaikovsky Competition.
Mr. Cani has performed throughout the United States as well as in Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Belgium, Poland, Serbia, France, Taiwan, Japan and South Africa. He has appeared as soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, the RAI Symphony (Italy), the Belgrade and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestras, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the Oregon Symphony, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Americas. 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 the premiere of Gorecki’s “Little Fantasia” for violin and piano.
Currently, Mr. Cani is the Concertmaster for the Los Angeles Opera, where he works closely with Music Director James Conlon and Placido Domingo. He has also served as guest concertmaster for the La Scala Philharmonic in Milan with Riccardo Muti, as well as the London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski.
Actively involved in chamber music, Mr. Cani has toured with conductor and pianist Justus Frantz, and has also performed with Lynn Harrell, Jeffrey Swann, and Jason Vieaux. Presently, he is the first violinist of the New Hollywood String Quartet and has an active presence in many west coast chamber music series. He has also participated in Chamber Music Festivals in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and the Canary Islands.
Mr. Cani teaches in the Los Angeles area, and has given master classes at many California Universities, including the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has performed and taught at music festivals in Positano, Italy, Hvar, Croatia, and Prague.
His discography includes 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 Tchaikovsky violin concerto, and a CD of favorite encores. Mr. Cani is a graduate of the Milan Conservatory, the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, and the University of Southern California, and has studied with world-renowned violinists Viktor Tretiakov and Abrahm Shtern.