born in 1986 in Brüssel, Belgium
Links www.lorenzogatto.com (English, German)
Lorenzo Gatto (born December 1986) is a Belgian violinist and recording artist.
Brought to the attention of the greater public and international critics through his 2nd prize and Publics prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Concours musical international Reine Élisabeth) 2009, Lorenzo Gatto has also been recognized with his winning of many other prizes, including the 1st prize and Publics Prize at the International RNCM Competition in Manchester (age 18) and the 1st prize at the International Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy (age 16).
Born in Brussels in December 1986, Lorenzo Gatto began studying the violin at the age of 5. At age 12 he joined the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Véronique Bogaerts class where, at 17, he earned a diploma for violin with the highest distinction. He then continued to perfect his playing under Herman Krebbers in the Netherlands, Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Belgium), and Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. He also worked with other great including Salvatore Accardo, Zakhar Bron, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Midori Seiler, Seiji Ozawa, and Julian Rachlin.
Having been elected Rising Star 2010-2011, Lorenzo started to perform on the major European stages, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Wiener Musikverein, and also in Athens, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Newcastle, and Stockholm. In Belgium, he has become a major artist for Bozar, the Palais des Beaux-Arts (artist-in-residence for the 2010-2011 season), and in Brussels, as well as on the other major musical stages of the country.
He is regularly invited as a soloist by the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Flanders Philharmonic Royal Orchestra (de Filharmonie), the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. In recent seasons, Lorenzo also played with the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gelders Orkest, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Moscow Virtuosi, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, and the National Radio Orchestra of Romania.
Outside Europe, Lorenzo Gatto recently performs in Japan, South Korea, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. He has appeared as a soloist under the direction of Jean-Claude Casadesus, A. Dumay, S. Goetzel, P. Goodwin, Philippe Herreweghe, E. Krivine, Y. Nézet-Ségui, V. Sinaisky, V. Spivakov, Jaap van Zweden, G. Varga, and Walter Weller. Lorenzo has also been Artistic Director of several original productions by the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Kamerorkest.
In chamber music Lorenzo frequently partners with Roberto Giordano (piano), Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Eliane Reyes (piano), Denis Sungho (guitar), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (piano), and also with Camille Thomas (cello) and Beatrice Berrut (piano) within the new Trio Saint-Exupéry.
In a more experimental venture, Lorenzo played in front of 50,000 people in the Royan Open Air Festival Un violon sur le sable (a Fiddler on the Sand) in 2011; he also performs in the unusual trio, Trilogy, with his violinist friends Hrachya Avanesyan and Yossif Ivanov.
Lorenzos discography was recently enlarged with a recording of Martinus Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Walter Weller. In 2010 he recorded with pianist Milos Popovic the works of George Enescu, Bohuslav Martin and Stevan Stojanovi Mokranjac (Deconstructing the Wall album), as well as Vieuxtempss Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Patrick Davin. He has also recorded Schuberts String Trios and Trout, as well as Mozarts String Trio Divertimento and the Elliott Carter Violin Concerto.
Lorenzo currently lives in Brussels with his pet cat, Fifi.
Bohuslav Martinu: "Violin concerto n°2, symphony n°1"
Orchestre national de Belgique - dir. Walter Weller
Fuga Libera 2012
Henri Vieuxtemps: "the seven concertos"
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège Wallonie Bruxelles - dir Patrick Davin
Fuga Libera 2011
Georges Enesco, Bohuslav Martin, Vasilije Mokranjac: "Deconstructing the Wall"
Milo Popovi (piano)
Fuga Libera 2010
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Divertimento"
Suys Diederik (viola) et Walnier Sébastien (violoncelle)
UT3 RECORDS 2009
Paganini: "Queen Elizabeth violin competition" (compilation)
Queen Elizabeth competition 2009
Franz Scubert: "Die Forelle"
De Geyter Griet (soprane), Mantin Pascal (piano), Gatto Lorenzo (violon), Suys Diederik (viola), Walnier Sébastien (violoncelle), Suys Bruno (contrebasse)
UT3 RECORDS 2007
As a committed musician, in 2007 Lorenzo cofounded the Cl4ssiK association with the aim of raising young peoples awareness of classical music. An accomplished athlete, Lorenzo is also an airplane pilot and enjoys paragliding.
Lorenzo plays an 1864 J.B. Vuillaume violin.
- Official website
- Queen Elisabeth Competition - biography page of Lorenzo Gatto
- Fuga Libera