Vittorio Forte

Vittorio Forte • © Pollack

Piano / Italia

Born in Italy, Vittorio Forte is considered one of the leading pianists of the new italian school. (from an interview written by J.C. Hoffelé for Concertclassic.com)

He began studying piano at the age of nine. After taking a somewhat unconventional route, he met José Lepore, an Argentinian teacher and a student of Carlo Zecchi, who noticed the young pianist's musical abilities.

For three years he continued his piano studies in advanced courses with such pianists as György Sándor, Mikhail Petukhov and Edith Murano.

In just a few years, he won several prizes at piano competitions in Italy (Ostuni, Lamezia, Modica).

The First Prize at the international competition in Zumaia, Spain, allows him to make his début with an orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 "Jeunehomme".

In 1998, laureate of the Città di Valentino International Music Competition, Vittorio Forte leaves Italy to settle on the French shores of Lake Geneva. After numerous European concerts, he is awarded a scholarship from the Violeta Minkova Foundation during a tour of Bulgaria (Sofia, Pleven).

At the Lausanne Conservatory (Haute École de Musique), he continued his studies with Christian Favre, who has a major impact on his musical development, and takes part in master classes conducted by Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Marc Luisada and François-René Duchâble. The latter selects him to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His career continues to develop in Europe, where he performs both as soloist and with orchestra.

Having caught the eye of William Grant Naboré, he was selected as one of the most talented contemporary pianists at the Lake Como International Piano Academy. There he receives guidance from such masters as Stanislav Ioudenitch, Andreas Staier, Menahem Pressler and Fou Ts'ong.

At the Vlado Perlemuter Grand Prix in France, he is awarded two prizes, including the Chopin Prize for best interpretation of the Polish composer's works.

Seeking to discover new pianistic horizons, Vittorio Forte decides to devote his first compact disc, released under the Lyrinx label, to the Italian composer Muzio Clementi. Critics in France, Germany and Japan are unanimous, and the disc is selected as one of the best new CDs by the German radio station hr2-kultur.

Following the success of his first CD, Vittorio Forte continues his concerts in Europe and in the United States, where he plays in New York at the atmospheric Bargemusic and for the Yamaha Artists Service. He also performs at the Castiglione del Lago Festival and the Bocconi University "Stagione musicale" in Italy and at the Kawai Concert Series in Germany, St Barnabas music season (London – UK), Norrlandoperan in Umea (Sweden), Sérénade du palais (Geneva), Pro Nota series (Germany), Picanya Temporada (Spain). He records a new album devoted to Robert Schumann (Lyrinx).

In France, he has taken part in several festival and concerts’ series as well as Solistes à Bagatelle, Goethe institut series in Paris, « Pianos Folies » in Le Touquet, «Elne Piano Fortissimo » International Festival, « Autour d'un piano » Music Festival, the Nouveaux Talents Festival, «Clef de Soleil » Festival and «Liszt en Provence » Festival, …

He has performed with the Ribaupierre Orchestra and Sinfonietta Orchestra in Switzerland at Geneva's Victoria Hall , at the Théâtre de Vevey, at Stravinsky Auditorium in Montreux where he played Brahms, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Mozart and Bach Piano Concertos.

His recording devoted to Couperin & Chopin (Lyrinx) was nominated at the ICMA 2014 (International Classical music Awards) and obtained excellent reviews in France, Germany, Benelux. He is invited for radio broadcasting programs in Italy, France and Switzerland.

His CD, « Voyage Mélodique » devoted to piano transcriptions (Liszt and E. Wild) of works originally composed for voice and piano (Schubert to Gershwin), has been awarded in Belgium, France, Switzerland, for its originality and the eclectic choices of works.

Recently, Vittorio Forte recorded for AEVEA an album with the complete Chopin waltzes (released in 2018), and for Odradek records an astonishing project of C.P.E. Bach keyboard works (March 2019).

In addition to his concert activities, Vittorio Forte gives master classes for professional and advanced students within the C.A.P.A. (Centre d’Activités Pianistiques & Artistiques) and he is the artistic director of « Piano Intime » concerts’ series in Montpellier.

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