Following 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto’s Wigmore Hall debut recital in London this January, The Guardian wrote: “Graceful, analytical, meticulous, Buratto is a name to watch”, while The Telegraph wrote: “A triumph”.
In addition to his success at Canada’s Honens Piano Competition, Buratto was awarded third prize at the International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the special ‘MDR’ prize, awarded from the public in 2012. He took inspiration from Italian tennis player Roberta Vinci’s upset over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open just hours before his Honens win. “There are many similarities between the psyches of tennis players and pianists,” he says, referring to David Foster Wallace’s epic novel, Infinite Jest.
He made his debut in 2003, playing music from his great grandfather, Renzo Massarani. Recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include Milan’s La Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. In 2016 Buratto performed for the Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival (Switzerland), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Busoni Festival (Italy) and was a resident artist at Marlboro Music Festival (USA). This summer he returns to the Marlboro Music and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festivals and, in October, gives his Carnegie Hall recital debut..
Buratto has been featured on national radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 2, Radio Classica, Radio 3 RAI, WFMT and WQXR. A live recording of his performances from the 2015 Honens Piano Competition is available on the Honens label. His debut studio recording of works by Schumann will be released on the Hyperion label in April 2017, and will be “recording of the month” for May.
After completing his studies at Milan Conservatory, in 2010, under the guidance of Edda Ponti, he studies for 4 years in the studio of Davide Cabassi. At the same time, as a “Theo Lieven Scholar”, he pursed his Master of Advanced Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano, under the guidance of William Grant Naborè.
Buratto’s affinity for the music of Robert Schumann is balanced by his curiosity for works of today’s composers such as Thomas Adès. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles and table tennis and has an interest in physics and American post-modern literature. Buratto lives in Milan.
Performing September 8, 2017 Bison Noir