B i o g r a p h y
Born in Italy, Vittorio Forte is considered one of the leading pianists of the new italian school. (from an interview written by J.C. Hoffelé for Concertclassic.com)
He began studying piano at the age of nine. After taking a somewhat unconventional route, he met José Lepore, an Argentinian teacher and a student of Carlo Zecchi, who noticed the young pianist's musical abilities.
For three years he continued his piano studies in advanced courses with such pianists as György Sándor, Mikhail Petukhov and Edith Murano.
In just a few years, he won several prizes at piano competitions in Italy (Ostuni, Lamezia, Modica).
1996: The First Prize at the international competition in Zumaia, Spain, allows him to make his début with an orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 "Jeunehomme".
1998: Laureate of the Città di Valentino International Music Competition. Vittorio Forte leaves Italy to settle on the French shores of Lake Geneva. After numerous European concerts, he is awarded a scholarship from the Violeta Minkova Foundation during a tour of Bulgaria (Sofia, Pleven).
1999: Awarded a scholarship from the Dante Alighieri Society of Toulon.
2000-2004: At the Lausanne Conservatory (Haute École de Musique), he continued his studies with Christian Favre, who has a major impact on his musical development, and takes part in master classes conducted by Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Marc Luisada and François-René Duchâble. The latter selects him to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His career continues to develop in Europe, where he performs both as soloist and with orchestra. He is a laureate of the Camillo Togni International Piano Competition, where he competes in the piano and orchestra category and also performs four-handed duets with Inès Maleviolles.
2005: Having caught the eye of William Grant Naboré, he was selected as one of the most talented contemporary pianists at the Lake Como International Piano Academy. There he receives guidance from such masters as Andreas Staier, Menahem Pressler and Fou Ts'ong.
2007: At the Vlado Perlemuter Grand Prix in France, he is awarded two prizes, including the Chopin Prize for best interpretation of the Polish composer's works. He devotes a large part of his concert repertoire to the works of Frederic Chopin, including the complete waltzes and the two concerti for piano and orchestra. His interpretation of the complete Nocturnes is broadcast live on Radio Suisse Romande.
2008: Seeking to discover new pianistic horizons, Vittorio Forte decides to devote his first compact disc, released under the Lyrinx label, to the Italian composer Muzio Clementi. Critics in France, Germany and Japan are unanimous, and the disc is selected as one of the best new CDs by the German radio station hr2-kultur. The President of the Swedish Clementi Society, Bengt Hultman, considers this CD to be a landmark recording of the Italian composer's works.
2009-2010: Following the success of his first CD, Vittorio Forte continues his concerts in Europe and in the United States, where he plays in New York at the atmospheric Bargemusic and for the Yamaha Arts Service. He also performs at the Castiglione del Lago Festival and the Bocconi University "Stagione musicale" in Italy and at the Kawai Concert Series in Germany. He records a new album devoted to Robert Schumann (Lyrinx 0275).
Since 2010: In France, he has taken part in the Pianos Folies in Le Touquet, the Elne Piano Fortissimo International Festival, the Autour d'un piano Music Festival, the Nouveaux Talents Festival (where he is obtained “Public award”), the Clef de Soleil Festival and the Liszt en Provence Festival, among many others.
He has performed with the Ribaupierre Orchestra in Switzerland at Geneva's Victoria Hall , at the Théâtre de Vevey, at Stravinsky Auditorium in Montreux where he played the Brahms Second Piano Concerto in an unforgettable evening with François-René Duchâble. Continuing his collaboration with the Lyrinx label, he participated in the recording company's 35th anniversary celebrations held at the Théâtre La Criée in Marseille along with other great piano masters who have played an important role in the label's history.
His latest recording devoted to Couperin & Chopin is nominated at the ICMA 2014 (International Classical music Awards) and obtained excellent reviews in France, Germany, Benelux. He is invited for radio broadcasting programs in Italy, France and Switzerland.
In 2013 he performs with Sinfonietta Orchestra (Mozart Concertos), and in the context of broadcasted live festival “Schubertiade d’Espace 2”, as well as in London for St. Barnabas music season.
From 2013, V. Forte is member of New York Classical Music Society.
In addition to his concert activities, Vittorio Forte gives public lectures on important classical music topics. In his capacity as a teacher, he founded the Intermezzo Music Centre in 2003; this French musical institution organizes teaching and artistic activities in the beautiful Lake Geneva region. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of the Intermezzo Concerts, an annual series of piano concerts.