Bruno Monsaingeon is a Paris-based concert violinist who, while still active in the field of performance has, in the last thirty years, devoted a large part of this time to the making of musical films.
He has directed films on and about some of the major musicians of our time, Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin, Murray Perahia, Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Viktoria Postnikova, Guennadi Rojdestvenski, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zoltán Kocsis, Friedrich Gulda,
Paul Tortelier, Julius Katchen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, David Oïstrakh, Julia Varady, amongst many others.
After several years of research, Bruno Monsaingeon found, restored and edited a vast amount of archival footage on the great Soviet violinist David Oistrakh. In addition to the three programmes of The David Oistrakh Collection, based on rare concert material filmed in the Soviet Union, Monsaingeon recently directed a major profile of the
violinist, entitled David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?
He directed Death and the Maiden, with the world famous Alban Berg Quartet, for the celebrations of the bicentenary of Franz Schubert’s birth.
He directed Julia Varady, Song of Passion, a profile of one of the best loved singers of the opera world. This profile presents the different stages of her career and is coupled with a recital in which Julia Varady sings works by Wagner, Strauss and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by the distinguished Russian pianist Viktoria Postnikova.
Bruno Monsaingeon is also the author of seven books: “Mademoiselle” (conversations with Nadia Boulanger), “Le dernier Puritain”, “Contrepoint à la ligne” and “Non, je ne suis pas du tout un excentrique”, a series of three books containing the entire literary output of the great Canadian pianist, composer and writer, Glenn Gould, “Richter, Ecrits et Conversations” (France Culture Muses Award, Pelleas 1999 Award) Editions van de Velde-Arte Editions-Actes Sud, "Passion Menuhin, l’Album d’une vie " Editions Textuel-Arte Editions, and in 2002, Glenn Gould : “ Journal d’une crise” followed by “Correspondance de concert”.