Gabriele Carcano, recipient of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, is a pianist equally at home in recital, as a soloist with orchestras, and as a chamber musician. Praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as a “sculptor of sound” and “aesthete” after his recent Munich debut at the Herkulessaal, Gabriele is the winner of numerous awards, including the Casella Prize at the Competition Premio Venezia, where he made his debut at Teatro La Fenice. He has appeared in many prestigious venues such as the Tonhalle in Zurich; the Salle Pleyel, Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris; the Herkulessaal in Munich; and for festivals like Radio France Festival, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse and the Caramoor Festival. Gabriele Carcano collaborated with conductors such as Stephan Solyom, Alain Altinoglu, and Lawrence Foster, as well as with instrumentalists Peter Wiley, Andrea Lucchesini, Colin Carr, and Dora Schwarzberg, among others. At the invitation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, he participated in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival during the summers of 2010 through 2012 and took part of two Musicians from Marlboro Tour in the USA. Upcoming engagements also include the return to Zürich Tonhalle, a series of concerts with cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and appearances in Paris (Louvre Museum), Montpellier, Kissingen Sommer Festival, on the Santa Cecilia series in Rome and with the Verdi Orchestra in Milan. Born in Turin in 1985, Gabriele Carcano graduated from the Conservatory G. Verdi. He continued his studies with Andrea Lucchesini at the Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo and with Aldo Ciccolini in Paris, followed by Nicholas Angelich at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique as well as with Marie Françoise Bucquet. He has also worked with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and Robert McDonald. He has been supported by the De Sono Foundation, CRT Foundation and was also awarded a grant from the Fondation des Banques Populaires Françaises – Natexis in 2008.
If there is something really important in the path of a young person, it is trust. BBT bears it not only in its name or with financial support but, most important of all, with a very careful guidance, generous human presence and exchange of ideas. That’s not only a big incentive but it concretely lets us have the possibility and space to keep searching for the best way to express our ideas and be faithful to our ideals. I feel so honoured to be part of such a fantastic family of people and musicians. Borletti-Buitoni Trust is a big lesson in generosity and such a wonderful demonstration of how talent and art are more important then any other kind of consideration. I’m deeply thankful to all the people who make this idea become a reality for all of us.
Photographs by Balazs Borocz