Andrea Bonatta

pianist & conductor, Italy


Andrea Bonatta was born in Bolzano (Italy). Studies with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, Nikita Magaloff in Geneva, Stefan Askenase in Bonn and Wilhelm Kempff in Positano have all been major influences in his musical development.

Andrea Bonatta has often been defined as a poet of the piano. At his most recent recitals in Rome, Berlin and Moscow, critics acclaimed him as a perfect stylist , as well as one of the last truly romantic pianists. His latest round of appearances includes the Smetana Hall (Prague), the Grand Theatre (Shanghai), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), the Great Hall of the Verdenburg (Utrecht), the Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza) and the Salle Gaveau (Paris).

He has recorded on the CD Brahms’ Complete Works for Piano as well as several other CDs dedicated to Liszt and Schubert, garnering top critical reviews: Choc/Le Monde de la Musique; ffff/Telèrama, Best CD of the Year/Neue Musikzeitung.

His book on Brahms’ piano work is considerd a milestone in this field and has already been translated into German. Andrea Bonatta is the Artistic Advisor of the Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano and has been the Vice-President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions of Geneva.

He has performed in nearly all of Europe, in North and South America, in Australia, in Korea, China and South Africa, and often serves as a member of the jury at some of the most important international competitions, including positions as President of the Jury (Bo lzano, Weimar, Vercelli, Utrecht, Dortmund, Terni, Pretoria, Ettlingen, Moscow, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Seoul, Taipei, etc.). He has a strong affinity with chamber music and has played in duet with pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Valentin Gheorghiu.

Andrea Bonatta is a piano professor at the Conservatory in Bolzano and an Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory. In addition to his activity as a soloist, he recently began a very successful stint as a conductor in the USA, Italy and China, conducting concertos for the piano as well as symphonic works with orchestras such as the Shenzhen Symphony and the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza.