Maximianno CobraMusic Director
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, Franco-Brazilian conductor, composer and pianist Maximianno Cobra started music lessons at 5.
1989: Maximianno Cobra made his Rio de Janeiro debut at the head of the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra. The all-Beethoven programme - Egmont Overture, 5th piano concerto (“Emperor”) and 5th symphony - featured pianist Nelson Freire as a soloist. In the aftermath of this hugely successful concert, Maximianno Cobra was appointed music director of the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for five years.
1990: a grant enables him to further his studies in Europe, at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst. In spite of the distance, he still keeps strong professional ties to his native land where, at the invitation of Maestro Eleazar de Carvalho, he conducts the Sao Paulo State Symphony and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. He is also the producer and audiovisual director of a concert series for TVE (Brazil’s Ministry of Culture’s public television channel - TV Brazil) featuring the Brazilian Philharmonic and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, under his direction. He made his European debut in 1992 in Paris, at Salle Pleyel, with Orchestre Lamoureux.
1993: Maximianno Cobra toured France with the Hungarian State Opera and the Budapest Philharmonic, performing Beethoven’s Fidelio and the complete Brahms symphonies. This first collaboration influenced the course of his professional life: over the next ten years, his schedule included regular guest-conducting appearances in the Hungarian capital.
1999: the label HODIE-Tempus Collection entrusted him with the destiny of Europa Philharmonia, a newly-founded ensemble bringing together Europe's elite orchestra musicians for studio recording projects using the latest media technology. Maximianno Cobra has already conducted, produced and directed more than thirty recordings for HODIE-TEMPUS, including a Best-Seller DVD-VIDEO of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
2007: Maximianno Cobra decide to found a Opera Company - Europa Lirica - attached to the Europa Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir project thus providing the unique oportunity to Opera singers to enter into the 21st century audiovisual technology as well as to evolve their singing skills approching the Stanislavski's system of Aating in a fully adapted coneption for Opera and Lieder in conjunction with a pioneering study of prosody of our Artisct Director which gives to the study of linguistics the essential part in the singing process.
In parallel, Maximianno Cobra completed a Ph.D. in musicology and music history under the supervision of Professor Serge GUT, graduating in 1999 from Paris-Sorbonne/Paris IV University. His dissertation: Les Symphonies de Ludwig van Beethoven : une etude analytique, critique et historique en vue d’une nouvelle edition followed up on Prof. Willem Retze Talsma’s research and focused on the issues of Beethoven’s tempi and metronome markings. This in-depth study marks another decisive turn: from then on he’ll dedicate himself to the TEMPUS theory.
Maximianno Cobra is living in Italy Florence since 2011. He’s now dedicating himself to composition and, as a conductor, to the development and diffusion of the TEMPUS theory. In parallel to his musical activities, he writes for the stage and the screen (scenarios, adaptations...) as well as philosophical essays on aesthetics and art and political articles.
He has been appointed Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Network Audiovisual Project (AudioBooks, VideoBooks, Stage Performances, Documentaries, Films) and has been nominated and awarded for his phonographic and audiovisual achievements. ICA - "Anthological" - "Creator" Recording Award - IAG - "Must" Hi-Fi Recording Award.