The formative years: "A young pianist turns conductor"
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, Franco-Brazilian conductor, composer
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 programme - Egmont Overture,
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 HODIE-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 HODIE-TEMPUS, 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. More recently, he was appointed supervisor and head of the scientific committee of Les Neuf Soeurs research group whose aim is to safeguard, study and diffuse artistic works in relationship with various philosophical disciplines and humanistic movements.
The present: "Horizontality and horizons - notes, letters
Maximianno Cobra is living in Italy Florence since 2011. He’s now dedicating himself to composition and, as a conductor, to the development and diffusion of the TEMPUS theory. In parallel to his musical activities, he writes for the stage and the screen (Screenwriting, adaptations...) as well as philosophical essays on aesthetics and art and political articles.
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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