Lorenzo Gatto

« 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. »

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.

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, 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.