Alexei Bruni was born in Tambov, Russia in 1954 and began his violin studies at the age of six. At the age of nine, he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. Here, he became aquainted with Mikhail Pletnev, a fellow student, and the two became musical partners on violin and piano. This partnership led to the eventual formation, in 1990, of Russia's most highly acclaimed and world renowned orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra. Since the inception of the orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev has directed and Alexei Bruni has led as its concertmaster and second conductor.
A graduate and tenured professor of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexei Bruni is a winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. As a reward for winning this competition, Mr. Bruni was allowed the opportunity to play the violin once owned by Paganini himself. Mr. Bruni is also a winner of the Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris. He has been designated an "Honored Artist of Russia" by the Russian government- a rare distinction which recognizes and rewards Mr. Bruni's artistic achievements and contributions. This honor also allows him the use of a treasured Amati violin-circa 1632.
Alexei Bruni has been the featured soloist with many major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, and is the soloist in many recordings made by the Russian National Orchestra. Performing in more than forty countries, Alexei Bruni's repertoire numbers more than thirty-five concerti. Recently, a work for cello and orchestra composed by Mr. Bruni was performed in concert by the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow in dedication to the great cellist,