Penderecki described Ivan Monighetti to be a phenomenon. Monighetti was the last student of Mstislav Rostropovich at the Conservatory in Moscow and won many prizes at international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974. Since then he has performed in Europe, the USA and Japan.
Monighetti participated in important music festivals including the Ravina Festival, the Berliner Festwoche, the Chamber Music Festival in Santa Fé and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.
As a soloist he has worked with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, for example with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, including Krzystof Penderecki and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, or Kurt Masur. He provided sensational performances at modern music festivals that earned him worldwide fame as one of the leading musicians of contemporary music.
Monighetti enjoys an international reputation, not only as a cellist but also as a conductor. In 1998 he made his debut at the British Haydn Festival where he directed the Nelson Mass of Haydn. Because of the success, he was again invited in 1999 and in 2000 as the principal conductor. With his own orchestra Camerata Boccherini he performed in Poland, the Netherlands, France, Estonia and Russia.
In October 2016 Ivan Monighetti played together with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.