Heralded by the daily Público as “one of Portugal´s premier violinists” and by the weekly Expresso as "one of today´s most renowned Portuguese musicians”, Bruno Monteiro is internationally recognized as a distinguished violinist of his generation. Fanfare Magazine describes him as having a "burnished golden tone" and Pizzicato states that his performances are “technically and expressively outstanding”. The Strad characterizes his playing as “ardent and heroic”and MusicWeb International refers to interpretations that reach an “almost ideal balance between the expressive and the intellectual”. Finally, Gramophone praises his “unfailing assurance and eloquence”.
With a repertoire that ranges widely from Bach to Corigliano, including important Portuguese composers, Monteiro concertizes as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician in the most important concert halls and music festivals of Portugal (International Music Festivals of Foz do Cávado, Paços de Brandão, Santa Maria da Feira, Óbidos, Guarda, Viseu, Coimbra, Gaia, Évora, Póvoa de Varzim, Dias da Música, Estoril and Sintra, Museu D. Diogo de Sousa, Auditório Fernando Lopes-Graça, Palácio dos Anjos, Casa das Artes de Vila Nova de Famalicão, Biblioteca Joanina, Auditório do Banco de Portugal, Teatro Municipal de Vila Real, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Auditório of Conservatório de Musica (Coimbra), Teatro Municipal de Lagos, Teatro Aveirense, Teatro José Lúcio da Silva, Theatro Circo, Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Teatro Lethes, Convento de São Francisco (Coimbra), Fórum Luísa Todi, Serões Musicais do Palácio da Pena, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, Museu da Música Portuguesa, Teatro Constantino Nery, Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Palácio da Bolsa, Europarque, Ateneu Comercial do Porto, Fundação Eng. António de Almeida, Rivoli Teatro Municipal, Grande Auditório da Universidade de Lisboa, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Music Season of Gulbenkian Foundation).
Internationally, he has appeared in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Israel, Denmark, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and the USA. In many of these countries, Monteiro has performed in prestigious venues such as the Palácio Cibeles and Casa de America in Madrid, Vienna´s Musikverein, Bucharest´s Cultural Center, Sofia´s Bulgaria Hall and Great Hall of Pancho Vladigerov International Music Academy, Kiev´s Philharmonic Hall, the Felicja Blumenthal International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Washington´s D.C Kennedy Center and Embassy Series and New York´s Carnegie Hall, among others.
In recital, he has been performing with João Paulo Santos for 20 years.
Monteiro has been a guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra do Norte, the Orquestra Sinfónica de Palma de Mallorca, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and the English Chamber Orchestra.
A noted recording artist, Bruno Monteiro´s discography is available on Numérica-Multimédia, Movieplay Classics (Orfeu), Centaur Records, Companhia Nacional de Música (CNM), Naxos, Brilliant Classics and Etcetera Records.
For the Numérica-Multimedia label, Monteiro recorded the albums DEBUT, containing Franck´s Sonata and the 3rd Grieg Sonata ("the attention to detail, the correct phrasing and the care in the expression. Everything is clear, sincere and vehement " - Jornal de Letras), 20th CENTURY EXPRESSIONS, with Szymanowski´s Sonata, Bloch´s Sonata no. 1 and the Much Ado About Nothing Suite by Korngold ("In the Szymanowski, an undeniable intensity flows in his reading. In the Bloch, a work which is mentally and physically exhausting (for sure), Bruno Monteiro puts out a magnificent interpretation. Finally, the Korngold, much lighter than the preceding works, Monteiro has a technically irreproachable reading and displays a complete sense of character in each piece" - Diário de Notícias), IN RECITAL, with Brahms´s Scherzo, the 1st Fauré Sonata, Respighi´s Sonata and Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate ("brilliant sound, a musical statement always maintained with vehemence and a sense of the tensions, romantic outbursts in the sections of "cantabile" and a technical domain that permits Monteiro to surpass with nonchalance the difficulties of the virtuoso writing" - Público) and SOLO, with Bach's Partita no. 2, Prokofieff´s Sonata, the Recitative und Scherzo-Caprice by Kreisler, and Ysaÿe’s Obsession Sonata ("lyricism, rhythmic vigour, technical agility and a strong emotional involvement " - Público).
Movieplay Classics (Orfeu) released his performance of the rarely heard Sonatas by Óscar da Silva and Armando José Fernandes ("Interpretative excellency" – Jornal de Notícias).
Centaur Records published his interpretation of the 2 Sonatas of Robert Schumann and Clara Schumann´s 3 Romances ("A winner of a disc” - Classical.net) and the Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet and the Poème by Chausson ("a highly convincing account, beautifully played, with the gentle and unaffected Sicilienne preciding a slow Grave of quiet dignity." – The Strad).
Companhia Nacional de Música (CNM) published his interpretation of the Saint-Saëns and Strauss Violin Sonatas (“Monteiro´s approach, so full of verve and boldness, tends to sweep listeners off their feet.” – Gramophone).
In 2014, Naxos published Monteiro´s CD of the Complete Works for Violin and Piano and Solo Violin by Fernando Lopes-Graça, which quickly became a bestseller in Portugal and received the highest acclaim from newspapers and musical magazines all over the world. This recording was selected for the Critic´s Choice list– November 2014 - of Naxos.
Equally praised worldwide was his recording with the Complete Music for Violin and Piano by Karol Szymanowski for Brilliant Classics (2015). BBC Music Magazine wrote that “Portuguese virtuosos Monteiro and Santos, captured in opulent sound, hurl themselves into the virtuoso fray where appropriate, steering the music’s sometimes meandering course with a firm rudder”. Examiner.com proclaimed that “Monteiro’s playing on this new recording is particularly effective in escalating the mood of Opus 30 (Myths) beyond the plane of mere mortals”. Finally, Musical Opinion declared that this recording is “one of the most significant to have been released in recent years with regard towards a completion of this wonderful composer's music”. Besides being chosen as the Editor´s Choice and as one of the Top 10 CD´s worldwide by Revista Ritmo (Spain), this recording was selected as "Classical CD of the Week" (March 2018) by Forbes (USA).
His CD with the Complete Music for Violin and Piano by Erwin Schulhoff, also on Brilliant Classics, received high acclaim by critics, not only in Portugal, but in the UK, France, Spain, Austria, USA, Canada and Brazil. In Madrid, it was selected as the Editor´s Choice and as one of the Top 10 CD´s worldwide by Revista Ritmo. In the USA, it reached the Favorite Recordings 2016 list on Classical Candor and in São Paulo was selected as the CD of the Week by Radio Cultura and broadcast throughout the country.
In 2019, Brilliant published his 12th CD, which is dedicated to the Violin Sonata and the Piano Trio by Guillaume Lekeu. This new recording received the highest prise throughout Europe, in the USA and Canada (Jornal de Letras, Expresso (Portugal), Revista Ritmo and Scherzo Magazine (Spain), Musicalifeiten, Opus Klassiek, Luister Magazin (The Netherlands), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Crescendo Magazine (Belgium), Resmusica, Classique News (France), Musical Opinion, MusicWeb International, BBC Music Magazine (UK), ArkivMusic, Classical Candor, Fanfare Magazine, The Rehearsal Studio (USA) and Classical Music Sentinel (Canada)). It was also broadcasted by France Musique in Paris.
In 2020, Etcetera Records produced and published Monteiro´s 13th album, containing the Music for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky. This new project reached the highest prise from the national and internacional press (Jornal de Letras and Expresso (Portugal), Musicalifeiten, Nieuwe Noten and Opus Klassiek (The Netherlands), Cultuurpakt and Stretto Magazine (Belgium), Fanfare Magazine, The Rehearsal Studio e Classical Candor (USA), MusicWeb International, Musical Opinion, Classical Music Daily and Gramophone (UK), Rádio Cultura de São Paulo (Brasil), Revista Ritmo and Sonograma Magazine (Spain), Klassik Heute (Germany) and Pizzicato (Luxembourg).
New releases in 2022 by the same label include an album dedicated to the Violin Sonatas by Luís de Freitas Branco, Maurice Ravel and Heitor Villa-lobos and another with works by Ernest Chausson and Eugène Ysaÿe.
His recordings are available throughout all the major markets in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Bruno Monteiro began his violin studies at the age of 11. At 13, he played his frist recitals at S. Luis and Rivoli Theaters and at 14 his solo orchestral debut at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (The Lisbon Opera House).
Described by Gerardo Ribeiro as "the most deserving young violinist", Monteiro attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York as a scholar of the Gulbenkian Foundation and Centro Nacional de Cultura and later completed his training in Chicago under the celebreted Israeli violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi with funding from the Ministério da Cultura and the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
Bruno Monteiro was awarded the 2013 Notable Prize from Colégio de Lamas.