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Carlo Grante

In his concert activity he has performed in major concert venues and prestigious halls: the Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus and Goldener Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, at the Parco della Sala Santa Cecilia Music in Rome, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Semperoper, Opera, Stuttgart, in New York, Chicago, Milan, Moscow, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi, Zagreb, Bucharest, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, the Vienna Festival, Istanbul, Husum, Newport, "Neuhaus Festival" in Saratov, Miami, Tallin, Ravello, MDR Musiksommer, etc., with major orchestras, such as Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Philharmonic in London, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Orchestra of Radio-TV in Zagreb Radio Orchestra of Leipzig (MDR), Capella Istropolitana of Bratislava, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, etc.

At the Newport Festival in 1995 Carlo Grante performed the world premiere of the 53 Studies on the Etudes of Chopin by L. Godowsky. In 1996, on the occasion of two recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, Musical Opinion reviewer wrote: "The discs of Grante had shown astonishing qualities... his live performances have then proved him to be the first rate pianist that his discs suggested." In 1997 he gave a series of 6 recitals in New York, and the New York Times wrote, "Carlo Grante's recital systematically demonstrated technical ability, but it was a prowess that went beyond muscle and speed. Here was not just attractive color but color with a purpose." In a recent article Harold Schonberg stated about Grante: "This is real, stylish virtuoso playing, nimble and confident, backed by a splendid piano tone. Fingerwork is impeccable. Rhythm is flexible. And the playing has colour and imagination."

Recent concerts in recital and with orchestra have been met with great success: "a small, quiet miracle" ([Mozart] Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig), "Grante is a knight of the piano, without blemish and without fear..." ([Schmidt] Die Presse, Vienna).

Grante graduated in piano at the Conservatory S. Cecilia in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, then he studied in the U.S. with Ivan Davis, at the University of Miami and with Rudolf Firkusny at the Juilliard School in New York; he then moved to London, where he studied intensively with Alice Kezeradze-Pogorelich.

His recording of sonatas by Scarlatti was enthusiastically received from the very first releases:

"Grante gives me hope for the future of baroque and early classical performance.... The tone is almost always singing and expressive, with a phenomenal range of tonal variety and refreshingly heartfelt will find Grante's collection an almost limitless source of new discoveries and pleasures." – American Record Guide, USA, 2010

"Here is an artist whose approach to Scarlatti is so self-effacingly musical yet so thoroughly absorbing.... The technical mastery is all there... what is really needed in Scarlatti, is the utmost in musical integrity and clarity... Grante has that in spades—it's possible to sit back and enjoy his flawless keyboard work for its own sake, divorced from any stylistic considerations." – Fanfare, USA, 2010

"Grante's meticulous, thoughtful virtuosity and stylistic insights have markedly evolved... Like Horowitz, Grante is a master at creating a multicoloured portfolio of legato shadings through fingers alone, pedaling ever so discreetly." – Gramophone, U.K., 2010

"In this Busoni [Concerto for piano, orchestra and male choir] the pianist seemed to surpass himself in a staggering performance, extremely accurate and visionary, as is intended in the score, with exceptional freshness."