Gatto is a violinist in the grand tradition, but he never lets his mastery of the flashy stuff overpower the taste and musical sensitivity’

— Broadstreet Review Philadelphia

About

Lorenzo Gatto was born in Brussels in December 1986. He started playing the violin at the age of five with Dirk van de Moortel. At twelve years old, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatoire of Music in the class of Veronique Bogaerts, where he graduates at seventeen only with the highest honour.

He then studied with Herman Krebbers in the Netherlands, Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. His work and determination are brilliantly rewarded as he won both the Second Prize and the Public’s Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.

‘Above all, I want to sound honest. There is fragility in my tone, it is a reflection of who I am as a person. That is what music is to me: an expression of human fragility.’

His nomination as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2010 allows Lorenzo to make his recital debut on major European stages including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and many others. It further expanded the possibilities of collaboration with orchestras and conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Spivakov, Walter Weller, Jan Willem de Vriend, Jaap van Zweden, Martin Sieghart, Angrey Boreyko and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In chamber music, Lorenzo shared the stage with amongst others Maria João Pires, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Frank Braley and Gérard Caussé. Recently, Lorenzo started collaboration with the talented young Belgian pianist Julien Libeer. Together, they recorded several Beethoven sonatas and released a disc that has already been awarded with a Diapason d’Or.

Lorenzo Gatto plays a Stradivari from 1698.

Recent highlights include:

  • Slovenian Radio Orchestra conducted by Martin Sieghart: Alban Berg – Violin Concerto (October 2013)
  • Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège conducted by Christian Arming: Alexander Glazunov – Violin Concerto (March 2014)
  • Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alberto Hold-Garrido: Camille Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No.3 and Ernest Chausson – Poème (May 2015)
  • Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko: Benoit Mernier – World première of Violin Concerto (dedicated to Lorenzo Gatto) (February 2015)
  • Beethoven Festival at Flagey, Brussels. Complete Violin Sonatas with Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay and Julien Libeer (April 2016)

On tour

October 6, 2017

Friday

De Nieuwe Veste

Breda, The Netherlands

Lorenzo Gatto & Julien Libeer

Recital

October 13, 2017

Friday

Concertgebouw

Brugge, Belgium

Lorenzo Gatto & Julien Libeer

Recital

April 13, 2018

Friday

Concertzaal

Ede, The Netherlands

Lorenzo Gatto

Recital

April 15, 2018

Sunday

Concertgebouw

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lorenzo Gatto & Julien Libeer

Recital

April 22, 2018

Sunday

De Goudse Schouwburg

Gouda, The Netherlands

Lorenzo Gatto & Julien Libeer

Recital

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Videos

Paganini | Violin Concerto No. 1

Lorenzo Gatto, the Orchestra da Camera del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Michael Guttman at the Pietrasanta in Concerto Festival 2015.

About Lorenzo’s performance of this work in Germany, the Rhein-Zeitung wrote: […] ‘with an astonishing virtuosity, whilst totally refraining from ecstatic show effects.’

Ravel⎜ Tzigane

Lorenzo Gatto / Orchestre de Chambre Pelléas / Benjamin Levy
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 9 August 2014. A Green Room Creatives Production

Beethoven⎜ Romance in F major

Lorenzo Gatto / Orchestre de Chambre Pelléas / Benjamin Levy
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 9 August 2014. A Green Room Creatives Production

‘Flowing notes by way of an impressive technique’ – NRC

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2009⎜Finals

22 Year old Belgium violinist Lorenzo Gatto performing the first movement of George Enescu’s Violin Sonata No 3 in A minor Op. 25. Lorenzo won Second Prize and the Public’s Prize.

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2009⎜ Semi-finals

22 Year old Belgium violinist Lorenzo Gatto performing Tchaikovsky’s Valse Scherzo. It brought him to the Finale where he won Second Prize and the Public’s Prize.