Sandro Ivo Bartoli is a virtuoso pianist whose sumptuous playing has captivated audiences throughout the wolrld. A native of Pisa, he graduated from the Florence State Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and collaborated privately with Russian piano legend Shura Cherkassky, who was instrumental in the beginning of his international career. In the early 1990s, with Cherkassky's encouragement, Mr Bartoli began to rediscover the Italian piano literature of the early Twentieth Century, soon establishing a trend and becoming its leading interpreter.
Heralded by the German press as “one of the most important musicians to have come out of Italy in the past three decades”, Mr Bartoli regularly performs a huge active repertoire that spans five centuries of music making. His playing has been praised for its kaleidoscopic range of tone colour and its breath-taking virtuosity, attributes that Mr Bartoli also brings to the better known repertoire of the Classical and Romantic eras such as the concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Franck, Rachmaninov, Shostakovitch and Tchaikovsky among others.
He has played with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, the Hallé, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Deutsche Philharmonie, the Mozart Chamber, and has appearead at some of the World's most prestigious venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, at the Gasteig in Munich (where he performed alongside such giants as Martha Argerich and Rodion Shchedrin), at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm, Fundación March in Madrid, and at the Festivals of Avignon, Brighton, Bergen, Bayreuth, Norfolk & Norwhich, GAMO Festival of contemporary music in Florence, Serate Musicali Milan and Sagra Musicale Umbra.
Mr Bartoli's discography comprises the complete Concertos of Gian Francesco Malipiero with the Radio Orchestra of Saarbrücken (CPO, winner of the Diapason d’Or in 2008), works for piano and orchestra of Ottorino Respighi with the State Orchestra of Saxony (Brilliant Classics), the First Piano Concerto of Erik Lotichius with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Navona), and solo albums devoted to the music of Alfredo Casella, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Percy Grainger, Frédéryk Chopin, Ferruccio Busoni, ‘The Frescobaldi Legacy’ (Brilliant Classics, 5 de Diapason, 2013), and the complete Bach-Busoni transcriptions. His recent Liszt recording on Solaire, The Franciscan works, was hailed as “one of the best piano recordings of our time” (Fidelity) and “the work of a visionary artist” (Musicweb International). In the spring of 2017 Solaire will release Mr Bartoli's recording of Bach's Preludes and Fantasias.
Last year Mr Bartoli was appointed the Artist in Residence at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and has since acted as the ambassador of Giacomo Puccini's complete piano music which he will record in February 2017 using Maestro Puccini's very own 1901 Steinway. In 2015 he created Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest Tuscany, a summer concert series highlighting the piano music of Italian composers, which has become one of the most anticipated music events in Tuscany.
Mr Bartoli is the protagonist of two documentary films, ‘Mood Indigo’ (Nu Films, Amsterdam, 2013) and ‘Pianiste-Interpréte’ (Salto Films, Paris, 2014). For his outstanding work in the Arts, the City of Turin has awarded him the Gina Rosso Prize.
He lives in his native Tuscany.
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