Michel Tirabosco


Michel TIRABOSCO, born in Rome, grew up in an artistic family in Geneva, where he starts playing the panpipes at the age of 7.

At 20 years of age he is the first ever to obtain a certificate for flute with his panpipes, topping this off with congratulations from the jury. He pursues his studies at the Geneva Music Academy (Conservatoire Supérieur), graduating with a Diploma of Musical Culture (harmony, orchestration, composition), also receiving the Price of the State Council. He gives his first concert with a symphony orchestra at the age of 16.

At 18 he records his first CD. In view of his talent the media consider him to be the young prodigy of panpipes. He thus started a career as a soloist, giving concerts throughout the world.

At 20 years of age he records a CD in the Lausanne Cathedral, and at 22 another one with the harpist Chantal Mathieu. Together with the Argentine pianist Miguel Angel Estrella he then embarks upon a tour of South America and Europe.

He is also regularly invited to play before the Grand-Duke at Bourglinster Castle in Luxemburg. Moreover he is chosen to give the closing concert at the composers' competition "Queen Marie-José of Italy".

At the age of 25 he undertakes a tour of the USA, giving 12 concerts, including one of the prestigious Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago.

Since 2000 the famous concert agency Hörtnagel invited him several times to perform in Munich and Nuremberg.

As a great lover of the stage, he discovers the world of theatre, giving 17 performances at the Geneva Pitoëff Theatre, together with his Michel Tirabosco Trio.
In 2007 the Rotary Club of France names him unanimously the "Golden Talent of the Year".

In 2010 he is the guest of honour at the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, giving several concerts in Moscow, notably in the Kremlin. He subsequently is invited several times to perform in Moscow as well as in St-Petersburg.

In May 2014 he plays in the Mariinsky-Theatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

With a view to expanding the musical literature for panpipes, Michel Tirabosco has commissioned several concertos.
Reputed directors and orchestras invited him to Turkey (Orchestra of the European Communities), to Lebanon (Soloists of Amsterdam), to Russia (Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg and of Volgograd, Mariinsky Orchestra, Ermitage Orchestra), to Belgium (Les Musiciens d'Europe), to Switzerland (Chamber Orchestras of Neuchâtel and Fribourg, String Orchestra of St.Gall; the Bellerive Festival, I Barocchisti), etc.  

All in all Michel Tirabosco has recorded 15 CDs as a duett, a quartett or with orchestra.

Playing music is truly a way of life for Michel, as he considers music to be an intrinsic quest of himself. He is fascinated by the tone and constantly strives to achieve perfect equilibrium between technique, musicality and bodily harmony.