Giovanna Gatto is an eclectic and inquisitive Italian pianist.
She graduated in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of Piacenza, where she studied with Maria Grazia Petrali, and obtained a first-class Master’s degree at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Como, studying with Roberto Stefanoni. After attending post-graduate courses at the Accademia S. Cecilia in Bergamo with Konstantin Bogino, she obtained further Masters in Performance and Music Pedagogy with Patricia Pagny at the Berne University of the Arts. Always attracted by different repertoires, she also studied harpsichord with Dirk Börner, organ with Benjamin Righetti and fortepiano with Edoardo Torbianelli.
Her interest in exploring the possibilities of the piano was fed by courses taught by Alexander Lonquich, Pier Narciso Masi, Konstantin Scherbakov, Rodion Shchedrin, Jeffrey Swann, Andrea Turini and Aquiles Delle Vigne. Among the other musicians whose lessons and courses were important in her development are Teodoro Anzellotti, Corinna Belcea, Conradin Brotbek, Peter Bruns, David Eggert, Francesco Gesualdi Patrick Jüdt, Robert Levin, Ernesto Molinari and Benjamin Schmidt.
She was also awarded a Bachelor’s degree in the Economy of the Arts, Culture and Communication at the Bocconi University in Milan.
She has performed for numerous organisations and festivals in Italy and further afield in Europe – chiefly Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland – both as soloist and in chamber ensembles. The conductors with whom she has worked include Riccardo Bovino, Massimo Merone, Simone Ori and Christopher Warren-Green, with her concerto appearances featuring the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Concertos k449 and k466 and the Bach D minor.
Her numerous prizes in national and international competitions, both as soloist and in chamber music, include sponsorship by the Inner Wheel Rotary Club; her research into Respighi’s piano music won her sponsorship from the Iréne Dénéréaz Foundation in Lausanne. This Respighi project has allowed her to work closely with the Respighi authority Potito Pedarra and the result of this work “Ottorino Respighi: Complete Piano Music” is published by the label Toccata Classics(UK).
She has given several first performances, both as soloist and as chamber musician, recording music by Akaishi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Debussy, Prokofiev and Ravel, for the labels Acustica Records in Germany and Tasti’Era Projects in France. She collaborates with the GAMO Ensemble and the Festival of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, playing contemporary music, often in world premieres. Her interest in new ways of performing has brought about her performance, in ensemble, of electronic reworkings by her brother Vito Gatto of classical masterpieces, such as a version of Debussy’s Claire de Lune released by Decca in 2017.
Another unusual interest is her work in developing new compositions and transcriptions for accordion and piano, resulting in a number of first performances, the composers including Carlo Galante and Fergus Johnstone. The project called 88keysfortwo gave her the chance of sponsorship by Pro Helvetia, Fondation Suisa and Swiss performers SIG during the Classical:NEXT music meeting in Rotterdam 2018.
Giovanna teaches piano and chamber music in music Academies in Canton Solothurn in Switzerland and the Franco Vittadini and Giacomo Puccini Conservatoires in Pavia and Gallarate (IT).