Enrico Mainardi (19 May 1897 in Milan – 10 April 1976 in Munich) was an Italian cellist, composer, and conductor.
At the age of thirteen, in 1910, Mainardi had already begun his career as a cello virtuosowho toured the concert halls of Europe. He later taught at the Hochschule für Musikin Berlinand the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Ceciliain Rome, and also held summer classes in Salzburgand Lucerne. Pupils of his who later became distinguished included Siegfried Palm, Miklós Perényi, Michael Steinkühler, Heidi Litschauer, Erkki Rautioand Joan Dickson.
Together with the pianist Edwin Fischerand the violinist Georg Kulenkampff(whose place was later taken by Wolfgang Schneiderhan), Mainardi formed a famous piano trio. In 1967, he also founded a trio with the pianist Guido Agostiand the flutist Severino Gazzelloni.
As a composer, Mainardi wrote orchestralworks, a cello concerto per due violoncelli, and chamber music. He wrote solo sonatas also theSonata breve(published by Schott) in 1942.