Orfeo Mandozzi - Orchestra da camera del Locarnese




With his 'fascinating musical personality and the bewitching beauty of his timbre' (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Orfeo Mandozzi has captivated audiences throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and South America. Orfeo Mandozzi, born in Ticino, made his debut as a soloist with orchestra at the Eurovision competition just four years after he began his cello studies. He has won first prizes in several international competitions, including Johannes Brahms, Osaka, UFAM Paris, Orpheus and Illzach. Orfeo Mandozzi was first cello in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, then first cello in the Vienna Tonkünstlerorchester for 15 years and as a guest at the Zurich Opera. He has held professorships at the Vienna Conservatory, the University of Music and Arts in Würzburg and currently at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Winterthur Conservatory.
Andreas Laake, who has been working in Ticino for many years, has been conducting the OCL since 1997. He sometimes leads the orchestra in the role of concertmaster.  Born in London in 1961, Andreas Laake grew up in Liestal, completed his violin studies in Basel with Armin Tenger and continued his studies in Paris with Annie Jodry and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna with Michael Schnitzler. From 1987 to 2021, he was principal second violin in the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. He studied and completed his doctorate in conducting at the Zurich University of Music under Mark Kissòczy and was the founder and director of the "Camerata dei castelli" in Bellinzona, with whom he made his debut as a conductor in 2018 as part of the official concert season at the renowned Berlin Philharmonie.
The OCL is a chamber orchestra founded in 1994 and directed by Andreas Laake since 1997. It is a group of about twenty amateur musicians who, through intensive study and under the precise and careful direction of Andreas Laake, have managed over the years to achieve a respectable technical level and a place of their own in the Ticino music scene. The aim of the orchestra is to promote a love of music among all non-professional musicians by offering them the opportunity to perform in various concerts; it also enables young talents to appear as soloists. The orchestra gives around ten concerts a year with a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. It also regularly supports charitable organisations.


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