Lorenzo Gatto

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Lorenzo Gatto has become a well-known figure in the international music world after winning the Second Prize and the Public’s Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.

By the age of 17, he had already graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and subsequently became a student of Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and of Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Thanks to his ‘Rising Star’ status granted by ECHO (European Concert Halls Organisation), he performed at a young age in major European concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

He is also frequently invited to Korea, Japan, China, Israel, the Arab Emirates and the United States.

Among the orchestras that regularly invite him are the BBC Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra Rotterdam, Kremerata Baltica, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra Verdi and all the Belgian orchestras, including the Orchestre National de Belgique with which he has developed a strong relationship over the last ten years. It is with the latter that he recorded, as dedicatee, the world premiere of Benoit Mernier’s Violin Concerto in 2015.

He has also collaborated with conductors such as Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Philippe Herreweghe, Emmanuel Krivine and Jaap Van Zweden. In chamber music, Lorenzo Gatto has performed with renowned artists such as Maria João Pires, Martha Argerich, Menahem Pressler, Nicolas Angelich, Franck Braley, Misha Maisky and Gérard Caussé.

As a committed musician, he strives to broaden the horizons of classical music around the world. He also gives his time to associations like the Children’s Choir of Molenbeek ‘Chanter pour vivre ensemble’ as well as the Young Belgian Strings.

Lorenzo Gatto plays the ‘Joachim’ Stradivari from 1698.