Director and Professor of Cetara Master Piano Academy, Italy
Pietro Gatto is one of the most talented musician of his generation. He established his carrer in 2006 when he was 19 years old,after winning the XVI International piano competition of Cantù unanimously, prize that was not given to an Italian pianist since 15 years in the section "classica". Since then he performed in one of the most prestigious venues as “Sala Verdi” of Mailand with the Stuttgart Philarmoniker, for the prestigious Mormone Smeraldo series, St. Martin in the Fields in London, Teatro Verdi of Salerno with Salerno Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Marco Boni, in the great Hall of Tbilisi Conservatory of Goergia, Festival Mi.to., Auditorium Ciudad de Leon, Spain.
He is the director and professor of the Cetara Master piano Academy, with the aim of promoting musical events, Festival, piano masterclasses. His academy counts already piano competition winners as his students.
“The feeling conveyed felt as though truly stemming from the pianist’s own doing and contemplation, without ignoring the originally musical intentions by the composer, from the intensive passion to a melancholia created with delicate sounds...”
Luisa Guerini Rocco, Il Nuovo Torrazzo
He was born in Agropoli, but he lives in Cetara, and he started his musical education at the age of 12. Since 2001 he has been studying piano with the outstanding artist Leonid Margarius (pupil of Regina Horowitz, sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz) at the prestigious Piano Academy of Imola “Incontri col Maestro”. In 2014 he won a Jenny Marsh Chapman Memorial Award to study at the Royal College of Music, where he graduated with honours in Master of Performance, in 2016.
He has also been awarded prizes in other competitions including 1st prize, Alberto Napolitano Piano competition (2011), 2nd prize, Shura Cherkassky Piano Competition (2012), 2nd prize, Cercola International Piano Competition (2005), 3rd prize, Benedetto XIII piano competition (2009), 1st prize, Rospigliosi piano competition (2008), 3rd prize, Mendellsohn Cup International Piano Competition (2011), 1st prize, A.M.M.I. International piano Competition (2011), and 1st prize “AnnaMaria de Vita” piano competition (2014).
In August 2012 he was invited by the Italian Culture Institute of Prague to perform for the “Lucen” Festival in the Czech capital, and in October 2012 he gave a recital at the prestigious Regia Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna. After performing for the Georgian pianist, Alexander Korsantia, Pietro was invited to play at the presence of Orthodox Pope in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Great Conservatory Hall in May 2013. The national Georgian television filmed a documentary on him after his outstanding performance. Pietro is an experienced chamber musician. He regularly plays with his duo partner, the violinist Fabrizio Falasca with whom he made his debut at the famous Festival Dei Due Mondi, in the Teatro Caio Melisso of Spoleto(Italy). He often plays with the baritone Omara Camata, and the soprano Anna Dragan, having given a lieder recital of music by Malher, Szemlinsky and Shrecker at Sala Philarmonic of Rovereto (Italy) in November 2013.