Hochschule für Musik und Tanz - Köln
April 6 to 13, 2020
Bruno Ventocilla has steadily gained a reputation as a specialist cello pedagogue, in 2017 taking up an appointment as lecturer at the 'Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln' (University of Music and Dance Cologne).
Born in Bonn, Germany, to parents hailing from Peru and the USA, he began cello lessons at the age of 6 with Hilde Houcken, continuing with Manfred Becker. Early formative musical experiences included regular chamber music performances, coaching with violinist Georgi Tilev, as well as appearances as soloist with e.g. the Krefelder Kammerorchester.
During his studies with Irene Güdel and Marcio Carneiro at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Bruno was already active as a teacher of cello at several private music schools. After graduating with a Master’s Degree, he embarked on a career in several symphony and opera orchestras in Germany, garnering valuable professional experience in this field. During this period, however, he found his true vocation as a pedagogue, which led him down his present professional path. Since 2007, as Head of Strings and Ensembles at the Bergische Musikschule in Wuppertal, Germany – a state-funded music school with over 8,000 pupils in attendance - he has taught a large cello class ranging from beginners to highly advanced pupils, founded a cello ensemble, and rebuilt three youth orchestras from scratch, including the School's 60-piece symphony orchestra. Engaging in regular performances, he has gathered a considerable repertoire as a conductor. In the same capacity, his cello pupils have regularly won first prizes at the nationwide youth competitions both in solo and chamber categories. He has also successfully prepared numerous students for conservatory auditions.
Further activities have included participation in pedagogic seminars, and regular masterclasses in Malaysia.