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  • Lorenzo GATTO, Violonist

    “Creative artist”, “libertarian violinist”, “passionate virtuoso”: such are some of the expressions used by a unanimous press to describe Lorenzo Gatto's talent and passion and it has to be said that he maintains a vibrant relationship with his public.

    A true revelation in the eyes of the greater public and international critics through his second prize and Public's prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth) 2009, Lorenzo Gatto's talent has also been recognized with his winning of many other prizes of which the 1st prize and Public's Prize at the International RNCM Competition in Manchester (age 18) and the 1st prize at the International Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy (age 16).

    From the age of 12, Lorenzo Gatto has been invited to play at famous festivals and renowned halls around Europe such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) and Flagey in Brussels, Philharmonie in Luxemburg, the Cortot Rooms in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, etc. It is also with orchestras that he has enriched his experience playing, notably with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of V. Sinaisky), the Belgian National Orchestra (under the direction of W. Weller, G. Varga, E. Aadland, E. Mazzola, P. Davin and S. Blunier), the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie, under the direction of P. Herreweghe and J. van Zweden), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg (under the direction of E. Kivrine), the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (under the direction of P. Goodwin et A. Dumay),… and, of course, through his various encounter with great musicians such as Seiji Ozawa, Midori, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Zakhar Bron, Salvatore Accardo, Julian Rachlin,…

    Born in Brussels (Belgium) in December 1986, Lorenzo Gatto started studying the violin at the age of 5. As soon as he was 12 he joined the Brussels' Royal Conservatory of Music in Véronique Bogaerts' class where, at 17, he gained the most advanced violin diploma for violin with the highest distinction. After this he continued to perfect his playing under Herman Krebbers in Holland, Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music and Boris Kuschnir in Austria (Kunstuniversität, Graz and Konservatorium Wien University).

    In 2010, Lorenzo Gatto made a Enescu-Martinu recording for the Fuga Libera label with the pianist Milos Popovic (“Deconstructing the Wall”), but also Vieuxtemps' Concerto n°4 with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) under the direction of Patrick Davin. He has also recorded string trios and Schubert's ‘The Trout' as well as the Divertimento (Mozart) album, for the UT3-records' label. In the near future, Lorenzo will be recording Martinu's Concerto n°2 with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Walter Weller.

    Having been elected Rising Star 2010-2011, Lorenzo will soon perform in the major European locations, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Wiener Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and then in Barcelona, Baden Baden, Hamburg, Cologne, Luxemburg, Athens, etc. Among some of the major projects in the pipeline, we can also point out a residential post at the Brussels Center for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles) this season 2010-2011, concerts with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie), the Belgian National Orchestra, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra...

    As a committed musician, in 2007 Lorenzo Gatto co-founded the Cl4ssiK association, with the aim of encouraging with aim of increasing awareness of classical music among young people. A multi-media concert tour on the theme of seasons has been planned for 2011.

    Lorenzo Gatto plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin.