The Trio di Milano : Photo

Bruno Canino, piano
Mariana Sirbu, violin
Rocco Filippini, cello


Created in 1968 by pianist Bruno Canino, The Trio di Milano has toured the world, acclaimed as one of the foremost representative of Italy's musical culture.

The Trio frequently plays in most well-known concert associations, with major symphony orchestras and at major European music festivals. They recently completed their tenth tour of North America, performing in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

Their repertoire includes all standard works of the Classical and Romantic period, as well as contemporary works composed expressly for the Trio. This ensemble has recorded the complete works of Schubert and all trios of Ravel, Fauré and Debussy.

Mrs. Sirbu and Mr. Filippini play on instruments known to be among the most valuable ones made by Antonio Stradivarius. Mrs. Sirbu's instrument is the "Conte de Fontana", made in 1702 which formerly belonged to David Oistrakh, the famous Soviet violinist. As for Mr. Filippini's instrument, it is the "Barone di Rothschild" made in 1710.



Bruno Canino was born in Naples in 1936. A prize winner in national and international piano competitions (Bolanzo, Vercelli, Darmstadt, etc.), and known champion of contemporary music, Mr. Canino is equally dedicated to the classic repertoire. He has recorded the complete piano variations of Mozart and the complete works for flute (with Severino Gazzelloni) and piano of Beethoven. He has also performed Stockhausen's "Mantra" and Berio's Piano Concerto under the direction of Pierre Boulez.

Concert tours have taken Mr. Canino throughout Europe, North America and Asia and he has been participating to major European festivals : Edimburgh, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Venice and Bath.

Gifted composer, his works has been performed at the Venice Festival and his Chamber Music Concerto No. 2 was awarded a prize at the Paris Biennale. Recent recordings have been released on RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, Angel and Orfeo labels.


Miriana Sirbu was born in Iasi, Romania and began winning awards at major international competitions at a very young age : the George Enescu in Bucarest, the Karl Flesch in London and the Maria Casals in Barcelona. Mrs. Sirbu is now considered to be one of the most gifted violinists of her generation. She has performed regularly throughout Europe both as soloist and as first violinist for The Academica String Quartet. Her talents have been particularly acclaimed in Italy where she often performs chamber music with Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna and many others. Mrs Surbu is also concertmaster of the renowned ensemble I Musici.


Rocco Filippini was born in Lugano in 1943. Pupil of cellist Pierre Fournier, Mr. Filippini has been awarded many First Prizes ; in Switzerland, at the International Competition and at La Guilde du Disque, Best Soloist of the Year with The Swiss Music Society; in Budapest, the Casals Prize at The International Competition.

As a soloist, he has been asked to play in many countries in Europe and America. Also, he has performed at international festivals such as those of Lucerne, Helsinki, Stressa and those of Marlboro and Newport in the United States. Since 1970, he has been a member of The Virtuosi di Roma.

His recent recordings include the Boccherini Concerto in D, on the RCA label.


"The Trio di Milano is a superlative ensemble : ebullient artistry, vivacity, vigorousness, these are the terms that come most readily to mind." - Los Angeles Times

".. a still fresh, fully integrated ensemble." - The Toronto Star

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