Course Period 2


25.07.2022 - 06.08.2022

Andrea Bonatta

Languages: German, English, Italian

Andrea Bonatta was born in Bolzano. Major influences in his musical development were studies with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, Nikita Magaloff in Geneva, Stefan Askenase in Bonn and Wilhelm Kempff in Positano.

He has given concerts all around the world. Most recent recitals include Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Prague, Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Hanoi and Saigon. He has recorded on CD Brahms’ complete works for piano as well as several other CD’s dedicated to Liszt and Schubert, getting top critical reviews: Choc/Le Monde de la Musique; ffff/Telèrama, best CD of the year/Neue Musikzeitung.

His book on Brahms’ piano work is considered a milestone in this field and has already been translated into German. Andrea Bonatta has been several years the Artistic Director and Chairman of the jury of the International “F. Busoni” Piano Competition, has created the “F. Busoni” International Piano Festival and has been the Vice President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions of Geneva.

Andrea Bonatta is now the Artistic Adviser of the “Franz Liszt” Competition in Utrecht. He is Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory as well as founder and director of the Piano Academy-Eppan.
He is often invited as a member of the jury at the most important international competitions, such as Busoni-Bolzano, Liszt-Weimar, Viotti-Vercelli, Liszt-Utrecht, Schubert-Dortmund, Casagrande-Terni, UNISA-Pretoria, Young Pianists-Ettlingen, Scriabin-Moscow, CSIPC-Shanghai, CSIPCC-Shenzhen, Bechstein-Essen, CIPC-Xiamen, SIMC-Seoul, Chopin-Taipei, Hilton Haed, Paderewski-Bydgoszcz, Cleveland, Beethoven-Bonn, Géza Anda-Zurich, PTNA-Tokyo, Young Musicians-Enschede, Xing-Hai Beijing, Van Cliburn-Texas and Rubinstein-Tel Aviv.

He very much likes chamber music and has played as a duet with pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Valentin Gheorghiu or violinists like Domenico Nordio or Sergei Krylov.
Andrea Bonatta gave masterclasses in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Prag, Utrecht, Melbourne, Montepulciano, Seoul, Fort Worth, Hannover, Cologne, Vienna and many others.

Besides his activity as a soloist, he recently started a very successful activity as a conductor, conducting Concertos from the piano as well as great symphonic works (first and second Brahms Symphony) with orchestras such as Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra (Seoul). Recently he has been invited to conduct in Korea one of the leading Asian Orchestras, the KBS Symphony Orchestra.