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 Strad states that his “generous vibrato produces radiant colors”. MusicWeb International refers to interpretations that have a "vitality and an imagination that are looking unequivocally to the future" and that reach an “almost ideal balance between the expressive and the intellectual”. Gramophone praises his “unfailing assurance and eloquence” and Strings Magazine summarises that he is "deserving of a much larger slice of the limelight on the world stage”.
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 de Coimbra, Teatro Municipal of 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 Músicais 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 (where he made his debut at the age of thirteen), 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 in Madrid, Vienna´s Musikverein, Bucharest´s Cultural Center, Sofia´s Bulgaria Hall, Kiev´s Philharmonic Hall, the Felicja Blumenthal International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Washington´s Kennedy Center and Embassy Series and New York´s Carnegie Hall, among others.
In recital, he performs with João Paulo Santos since 2002.
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, Monteiro´s discography is available on Numérica-Multimédia, Movieplay Classics (Orfeu), Centaur Records, Companhia Nacional de Música (CNM), Naxos and Brilliant Classics.
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).
Monteiro´s recent CD´s include the Complete Works for Violin and Piano and Solo Violin by Fernando Lopes-Graça (Naxos), which quickly became a bestseller in Portugal and received the highest acclaim from newspapers and musical magazines all over the world.
Equally praised worldwide was his debut recording for Brilliant Classics (2015) with the Complete Music for Violin and Piano by Karol Szymanowski. 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 Magazine (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 April of 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, the USA and Canada (Jornal de Letras, Expresso (Portugal), Revista Ritmo (Spain), Musicalifeiten, Opus Klassiek (The Netherlands), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Crescendo Magazine (Belgium), Resmusica, Classique News (France), Musical Opinion, MusicWeb International, BBC Music Magazine (UK), Classical Candor, Fanfare Magazine (USA) and Classical Music Sentinel (Canada). It was also broadcasted by France Musique in Paris.
His recordings are available throughout all the major markets in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Bruno Monteiro began his violin studies in Portugal in the class of the late Carlos Fontes (former concertmaster of the Oporto Radio Symphony Orchestra) and also received the guidance from Gerardo Ribeiro, with whom he worked privately in the USA, with scholarships from the Gulbenkian and Luso-American Foundations.
He went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Patinka Kopec (associate teacher to Pinchas Zukerman), the late Isidore Cohen (former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Juilliard String Quartet) and members of the American String Quartet as a scholar of the Gulbenkian Foundation and Centro Nacional de Cultura.
He completed his training in Chicago under Shmuel Ashkenasi (former first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet) with scholarships from the Ministério da Cultura and the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
He received First Prize in several violin competitions in Portugal and was a prize winner at the Ibla International Music Competition in Italy. He was awarded the Notable Prize from Colégio de Lamas.