The formative years: "A young pianist turns conductor"
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, Franco-Brazilian Filmmaker and composer Maximianno Cobra started music lessons at 5. When he was 13, his piano teacher, Maria José Repsold, noticing her young pupil's keen interest for composition, his musical life veered quite naturally towards composition and conducting.
At 15, Maximianno Cobra met conductor Alceo Bocchino (a former student and friend of Villa-Lobos and collaborator of Hans Swarowsky) who taught him conducting, counterpoint, fugue
First professional steps: "Music, Theater
In 1989, Maximianno Cobra made his Rio de Janeiro debut at the head of the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra. The all-Beethoven program featured pianist Nelson Freire as a soloist. In the aftermath of this hugely successful concert, Maximianno Cobra was appointed music director of the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for five years. He was also invited to coach several opera workshops, focusing on training young professional opera singers for the stage.
All along his formative years, Maximianno Cobra had attended theater and philosophy master-classes, two disciplines he considers to be his “second nature”. The works of Spinoza, Nietzsche and Deleuze forged his philosophical and political conscience. Discovering Shakespeare was - in his own words - “an existential upheaval”. As his knowledge of theater deepened, so grew his interest in Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Acting Method, a defining element in his own quest for artistic identity, with a decisive influence on his musical and theater activities, especially conducting and stage directing.
In 1990, a grant enables him to further his studies in Europe, at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik und
A new phase: "Europe - fighting for one’s ideals"
In 1993, Maximianno Cobra toured France with the Hungarian State Opera and the Budapest Philharmonic, performing Beethoven’s Fidelio and the complete Brahms symphonies. This first collaboration influenced the course of his professional life: over the next ten years, his schedule included regular guest-conducting appearances in the Hungarian capital. In 1999, the label TEMPUS Collection entrusted him with the destiny of Europa Philharmonia, a newly-founded ensemble bringing together Europe's elite orchestra musicians for studio recording projects using the latest media technology. Maximianno Cobra has already conducted, produced and directed more than thirty recordings for TEMPUS Collection, including a Best-Seller DVD-VIDEO of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
In parallel, Maximianno Cobra completed a Ph.D. in musicology and music history under the supervision of Professor Serge GUT, graduating in 1999 from Paris-Sorbonne/Paris IV University. His dissertation: Les Symphonies de Ludwig van
Maximianno Cobra’s work has been reviewed in various musicology journals, notably the Revue de Musicologie de la Suisse Romande, and is
A respected musicologist, he was appointed supervisor at the Mozart Center at the invitation of Philippe Autexier and responsible of the French Beethoven research institute Centre d’Etudes Beethoveniennes de France.
The present: "In quest of horizontality and horizons" - Filmmaking"
Maximianno Cobra is now dedicating himself to filmmaking, screenwriting, playwriting, composition and, as a conductor, to the development and diffusion of the TEMPUS theory.
He has been appointed Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Network Audiovisual Project (AudioBooks, VideoBooks, Stage Performances, Documentaries, Films) and has been nominated and awarded for his
Maximianno Cobra’s selective discography:
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 5
F. Schubert: Symphony No 9 “La Grande”
Richard Wagner: Orchestral Music Vol. I - IV
Maximianno Cobra: Symphony op. 1 "Ordo ab Chao" - World Premiere Recording
Biography by Katarzyna LE FE, based on an October 2007 interview with Maximianno Cobra.
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