Lorenzo Gatto

Soloist

« Above all, I want to sound honest. There is fragility in my tone, which is a reflection of who I am. This is what music is to me; an expression of human fragility. »

When Lorenzo studied violin at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, his first encounter with the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2005 turned out to be a confronting but defining experience. At that time, he also dreams of law, math and becoming an aeronautical engineer, but he feels the need to make a decision. Desiring to start anew, he decided in 2005 to start four years of intensive study with 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.

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.

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.

« From my teachers Véronique Bogaerts, Augustin Dumay, Herman Krebbers and Kuschnir, I have understood that, to discover musical ideas whilst playing and letting the music grow in a natural way, takes a lot of time in preparation. Sometimes old masters five the impression of playing slower than we do today. It’s surely not a question of tempo; it’s a question of relaxing, of savouring every note, of taking the time to understand. »

On the 2015 recording of Beethoven, François Lafon wrote : « Style, tone, musicallity, inventiveness; Lorenzo Gatto is a true heir of the famous Franco-Belgian school of violin - from Vieuxtemps through Ysaÿe, Grumiaux and Dumay. His concerto breathes freely but without pathos, his romances are lyrical wonders. »

« And even though I always study every piece very well, I never really finish the work completely. Many violinist who succeed today look for the highest control and solidity. I can’t do that, I just do not conceive music to be that way. My role is perhaps to rethink how to play on stage. It is as with giving the world premiere of Mernier’s violin concerto; to hear the music from the inside and then build it on the spot, without a safety net. »

As an avid sportsman, Lorenzo uses his flying and paragliding skills much in the same way. « You need to focus, otherwise your life may be in danger. Everything else becomes superfluous. Being in nature, you effectively master freedom. This magical experience is, in essence, no different than in making music and performing. »

Trilogy is a separate endeavour to balance out the classical career. Together with violinists and close friends Hrachya Avanesyan and Yossif Ivanov, Lorenzo started this trio in 2011.

Lorenzo Gatto is born in 1986 in brussels out of Belgian-Italian parents. He plays a Stradivari from 1698.