Born into a family of musicians, Bruno Giuranna began his solo career in 1954 when he performed the world premiere of Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with Herbert von Karajan conducting. He has since performed regularly with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and La Scala in Milan under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir John Barbirolli, Riccardo Muti and Sergiu Celibidache. He was a founding member of the renowned chamber orchestra, I Musici, and the violist of both the Quartetto di Roma, and the Trio Italiano d’Archi. Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and International Chair at the Royal Academy of Music in London 1995-96, Mr. Giuranna has given master classes throughout the world. Prince Consort professor of viola at the Royal College of Music in London (2002 – 2005) he teaches at the Fondazione “W.Stauffer” in Cremona at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
His recordings include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinists Henryk Szerying, Franco Gulli and Anne-Sophie Mutter, the complete Vivaldi Concerti for viola d’amore, the Mozart Piano Quartets with the Beaux Arts Trio and the Beethoven String Trios with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mstislaw Rostropovich. Deeply convinced of the importance of music making as an irreplaceable instrument in the development of an artistic personality, he continues to dedicate himself, as he has for many years, to the creation of chamber music projects in Europe and the USA, where he plays together with talented young musicians.
In 1987 he was awarded the highest Italian civil honor – Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica Italiana – and in 2002 he received the degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) honoris causa at the University of Limerick, Ireland. After having been the president of the Italian branch, he has been president of ESTA International, since 2011.