Luca Buratto, 2015 Honens Prize Laureate, is a pianist of "fiery imagination and finesse" (Musical America). In addition to his success at Canada’s Honens Piano Competition, the Italian pianist was awarded third prize at the International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the special ‘Acerbi’ prize, awarded to a distinguished Finalist at Milan’s Shura Cherkassky Competition, both in 2012.
Buratto first caught the public’s attention at the Conservatory of Milan’s Sala Verdi where, for a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in 2003, he performed music of Renzo Massarani, his great grandfather. [Massarani (1898–1975), a student of Ottorino Respighi, was a promising young composer whose career was interrupted by the imposition of racial laws in 1938.] He has gone on to give the Milan premiere of the youthful Beethoven Piano Concerto in E-flat major WoO 4 with I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, performances with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, and recitals throughout France, Italy and Switzerland. He has also been featured on national radio broadcasts on Radio Classica and Radio 3 RAI.
Recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include performances at Milan’s La Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2016 Buratto performed for the Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival (Switzerland), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Busoni Festival (Italy) and was a resident artist at Marlboro Music Festival (USA). He has been featured on national radio broadcasts on Radio Classica, Radio 3 RAI and WQXR. In 2017, Buratto gives his Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall recital debuts. A live recording of his performances from the 2015 Honens Piano Competition is available on the Honens label, and his debut studio recording of works by Schumann will be released on the Hyperion label in 2017.
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