Mario Venzago was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bern Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2021. He has previously held principal positions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra of San Sebastian, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Frankfurt (now Bremen) and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In addition, he was Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of the Baltimore Music Summer Fest.
Mario Venzago has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Boston orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Filarmonica della Scala and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, among others. He is a regular guest of internationally renowned orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra. He has performed with the world’s most famous soloists, and directors such as Ruth Berghaus, Peter Konwitschny and Hans Neuenfels have worked alongside him. His CDs have been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’or and the Prix Edison, among others. CPO released ” Der andere Bruckner “, a highly acclaimed complete recording of all ten Bruckner symphonies, Sony Classical released the sensational recording of Franz Schubert’s ” Unfinished “, completed by Venzago, with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the complete recording of Johannes Brahms’ serenades and symphonies.
Recent recordings of Othmar Schoeck’s opera Schloss Dürande in a critical new version with the Bern Symphony Orchestra. The film “My Brother the Conductor” by Alberto Venzago received the highest awards.