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 eleven years old, he enters 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 he finishes his academic journey by studying four years with 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, Mischa
Maisky, Martha Argerich, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden,
Frank Braley and Gérard Caussé. Lorenzo started collaborating with
the talented young Belgian pianist Julien Libeer
in 2015. Together, they recorded all
Beethoven sonatas and released a disc that was
awarded with a Diapason d’Or of the year.
Lorenzo Gatto plays
the ‘Joachim’ Stradivari from 1698.
In his spare time,
Lorenzo enjoys a lifelong passion for everything that flies. Look up
and see if you can spot him high in the sky, arriving at a concert
flying a small plane or even a paraglider.