Honens Prize Laureate
Following 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto’s Wigmore Hall debut recital in London this January, The Guardian wrote, “Graceful, analytical, meticulous, Buratto is a name to watch.”
In addition to his success at Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition, Buratto 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. He took inspiration from Italian tennis player Roberta Vinci’s upset over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open just hours before his Honens win. “There are many similarities between the psyches of tennis players and pianists,” he says, referring to David Foster Wallace’s epic novel, Infinite Jest.
Recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include Milan’s La Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. In 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). This summer he returns to the Marlboro Music Festival and performs at the Honens Festival in September, and on 11 October, gives his Carnegie Hall recital debut.
Buratto has been featured on national radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 2, Radio Classica, Radio 3 RAI, WFMT, and WQXR. A live recording of his performances from the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition is available on the Honens label. His debut studio recording of works by Schumann was released on the Hyperion label in April, about which BBC Music Magazine wrote, “Buratto captures the evolving moods with panache and just enough pomp.”
Buratto’s affinity for the music of Robert Schumann is balanced by his curiosity for works of today’s composers such as Thomas Adès. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles and table tennis and has an interest in physics and American post-modern literature. Buratto lives in Milan.
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