Robert Bonfiglio, Harmonica

Bonfiglio Harmonica Grand CanyonROBERT BONFIGLIO has performed Harmonica Concerti as the soloist with over 200 Major Orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Buenos Aires Philharmonic of Teatro Colón, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Leipzig MDR-Radio Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Madrid RTVE Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Boston Pops, New York Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He performed the world premiere of the Henry Cowell Harmonica Concerto with the Brooklyn Philharmonic under conductor Lucas Foss and the West Coast premiere with David Alan Miller and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Robert Bonfiglio has appeared as a soloist with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, John Williams and the Boston Pops on PBS, John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with Fabio Luisi and the MDR Orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Theo Alcantara and the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón.

Robert has appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Live with Regis,” “Larry King,” “The Jim Bohannon Show” and “Garrison Keillor Radio Show”.   He has had feature stories and reviews in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

His first RCA recording, with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto, was released to critical acclaim; he has performed this Concerto over 400 times with major orchestras worldwide. Bonfiglio has recorded on the RCA, Arista, CBS, Sina Qua Non, High Harmony, and QVC Labels.

He is the Founding Director of the Grand Canyon Music Festival.  This will be his second time to perform with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Maestra Gesele Ben-Dor.


SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 8:00 PM
Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
Price Range: $20- $73
Stravinsky Suite from Pulcinella
Ginastera Estancia
Tcherepnin Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra