Member of the jury
Second prize and Public's prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2009, Lorenzo Gatto's talent has also been recognised with his winning of many other prizes, such as the 1st prize and Public's Prize at the International RNCM Competition in Manchester and the 1st prize at the International Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy. From the age of 12, Lorenzo Gatto has been invited to play at famous festivals and renowned halls around the whole of Europe such as the Centre for Fine Arts and Flagey in Brussels, Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, etc. It is also with orchestras that he has enriched his experience, notably with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of V. Sinaisky), the Belgian National Orchestra (under the direction of W. Weller, G. Varga, E. Aadland, E. Mazzola, P. Davin and S. Blunier), the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie, under the direction of P. Herreweghe and J. van Zweden), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg (under the direction of E. Krivine), the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (under the direction of P. Goodwin et A. Dumay), the New Russia Orchestra,… and, of course, through his various encounter with great musicians such as Seiji Ozawa, Midori, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Zakhar Bron, Salvatore Accardo, Julian Rachlin,… Born in Brussels (Belgium) in 1986, Lorenzo Gatto started studying the violin at the age of 5. As soon as he was 12 he joined the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music in Véronique Bogaerts' class where, at 17, he gained the higher diploma for violin with the highest distinction. After this he continued to perfect his playing under Herman Krebbers in Holland, Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music and Boris Kuschnir in Austria (Kunstuniversität, Graz and Konservatorium Wien). In 2010, Lorenzo Gatto has made a Enescu-Martinu recording for the Fuga Libera label with the pianist Milos Popovic (“Deconstructing the Wall”), but also Vieuxtemps' Concerto n°4 with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) under the direction of Patrick Davin. He has also recorded string trios and Schubert's „The Trout" as well as the Divertimento (Mozart) album, for the UT3-records' label. He has also recorded Martinu's Concerto n°2 with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Walter Weller. Having been elected Rising Star 2010-2011, he has performed on the major European stages, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Wiener Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and then in Barcelona, Baden Baden, Hamburg, Cologne, Luxemburg, Athens, etc. In the same season he has held a residential post at the Brussels Center for Fine Arts, concerts in South Korea, concerts with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie), the Belgian National Orchestra, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra... As a committed musician, in 2007 Lorenzo Gatto co-founded the Cl4ssiK association, with the aim of encouraging young people to be more aware of classical music. He plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin.