Giovanna Gatto – Biography EN

Giovanna graduated in Piacenza with Maria Grazia Petrali and she obtained a Postgraduate degree at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Como with Roberto Stefanoni. She attended post graduate courses in “S. Cecilia” Academy in Bergamo with Konstantin Bogino, Svetlana Bogino, Vladimir Ogarkov.

She obtained the Master Performance and Master in Music Pedagogy with Patricia Pagny  at the Berne University of the Arts (CH), where she also studied cembalo with Dirk Börner, organ with Benjamin Righetti and fortepiano with Edoardo Torbianelli.

 

Always active in the deepening of the solo repertoire, she has attended courses held by renowned musicians such as Pier Narciso Masi, Andrea Turini, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Jeffrey Swann, Alexander Lonquich, Konstantin Scherbakov, Rodion Shchedrin.

She collaborated with conductors such as Simone Ori, Massimo Merone, Riccardo Bovino, Christopher Warren-Green, playing in the Kultur Casino Berne. Giovanna performed as the soloist in L.V. Beethoven Third Piano Concerto, W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto K449 and K466, J.S. Bach Concerto in D minor..

During her studies as a chamber musician in different ensembles, were fundamental lessons and courses held by Robert Levin, Teodoro Anzellotti, Patrick Jüdt, Conradin Brotbek, Ernesto Molinari, David Eggert, Thomas Riebl, Benjamin Schmidt, Peter Bruns, Corinna Belcea, Francesco Gesualdi.

Giovanna has collaborated with numerous organizations and Festivals in Italy and all through Europe, both as soloist and in chamber ensembles from duo to quintet, playing in prestigious concert halls in Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Netherlands, Switzerland…

Winner of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, both as soloist and in chamber music ensembles, Giovanna obtained a sponsorship by the Swiss Foundation Iréne Dénéréaz from Lausanne thanks to her studies and researches on Ottorino Respighi’s piano music. This project gave her the opportunity to collaborate with the musicologist Potito Pedarra, who has a personal Archive of Respighi’s documents and who is responsible for the cataloguing and description of all the known manuscripts by Respighi. The result of this work “Ottorino Respighi: Complete Piano Music” is published by the label Toccata Classics (UK).

Giovanna has performed in several World Premieres, recording music by Ravel, Debussy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Akaishi, Prokofiev for the Labels Acustica Records (DE) and Tasti’Era Projects (FR). She played First Performances composed by Luca Antignani at the LXXXI Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, together with the GAMO Ensemble.

Thanks to her interest on new projects and new ways of performing music, she played in ensemble electronic reworks of classical masterpieces conceived by Vito Gatto, who’s Claire de Lune rework by Debussy has been published by Decca Records Classics in 2017.

Giovanna is also interested in researching and developing the new compositions and transcriptions for accordion and piano, performing in world premieres and collaborating with new composers such as Carlo Galante. Thanks to this project, she obtained the sponsorship by the foundations Pro HelvetiaFondation Suisa and Swiss performers SIG, who will give her the opportunity to join at the Classical:NEXT 2018 in Rotterdam (NL).

She was awarded a Bachelor Degree in Economy for Arts, Culture and Communication at “L.Bocconi” University in Milan.