Christian Leotta was born in 1980 and lives in Como, Italy. Completing his conservatorium studies in Milan he then continued studying with Karl Ulrich Schnabel whose piano school has direct links to a musical lineage which traces its roots back to Beethoven, through the legendary names of Artur Schnabel, Theodor Lesketizky and Carl Czerny.
Christian Leotta was presented, in April 2004, at just 23-years of age, with the prestigious President’s Medal of the Republic Of Italy, for his performances, in Italy and North America, of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.
Appearing in his debut performances of these works in Montreal in 2002, at the age of only 22, he is the youngest pianist since the youthful Daniel Barenboim, ever to undertake the project and since, has presented the complete cycle in some thirteen further series of performances, most notably in Lima, Madrid, Mexico City, Quebec City, Rio de Janiero, Vancouver and Venice.
In May 2007, the leading Canadian recording label, ATMA CLASSIQUE signed him to record the entire Beethoven sonata series in a collection of ten CDs, releasing volume 1 in March 2008 to great critical acclaim. Volume 2 was released in April 2009 and was described by AUDIO VIDEO CLUB OF ATLANTA as being, the best performance of Beethoven of the last two years. Volume 3 was released in 2010, American FANFARE magazine describing the CD as, a major addition…, to those recordings of these works already published, while MUZIKA21 in Poland wrote, …one of the most extraordinary Beethoven interpreters of our time., and LA PRESSE in Montreal said, …a pianist of the highest order – technician, musician and interpreter all at once. Of Volume 4, released in 2013, GRAMOPHONE in the UK wrote, For once the hyperbole rings true. Christian Leotta’s fourth volume…is indeed a major addition to the other sets currently available. Musicianly to the core…quietly but unmistakably commands your attention at every level. And of the release, in January 2014, of the fifth and final volume, PIZZICATO LUXEMBOURG said, Without any doubt he is one of the major Beethoven soloists of our time.
In addition to his recording career, Christian Leotta has given recitals throughout the world in such leading venues as the PHILHARMONIE GASTEIG in Munich, in the VIENNA KONZERTHAUS, the TONHALLE in Zurich, the SALA VERDI in Milan, the SALLE CLAUDE-CHAMPAGNE in Montreal, and the BUNKA KAIKAN THEATRE in Tokyo.
His performances are regularly broadcast by the radio and television stations of Europe and North America. In October 2003 HDNET in Dallas produced a film about his career and featuring his performance of Mozart’s PIANO CONCERTO NO 12 K414, under the baton of Anshel Brusilow and his performance of Beethoven’s PIANO SONATA NO 29 Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”. In 2000 he was the only classical musician to take part in the gala WORLD JUBILEE DAY OF THE ARTISTS concert in Rome, organised by the Vatican and television to an international audience.
Christian Leotta’s concerto engagements include, the Busoni edition of Lizst’s TOTENTANZ, under the baton of Asher Fisch, with the MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, Mozart’s PIANO CONCERTO IN A MAJOR NO.12 K414 under Joji Hattori with the VIENNA CHAMBERORCHESTRA, Brahms’ PIANO CONCERTO IN D MINOR NO.1, OP.15 with Michele Carulli and the RAI NATIONAL ITALIAN TELEVISION ORCHESTRA and also under the baton of George Zack with the LEXINGTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in the USA, Mozart’s PIANO CONCERTO IN D MINOR NO.20 K466 with Ruben Jais for the MILAN SYMPHONY GIUSEPPE VERDI ORCHESTRA, and Beethoven’s PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 “Emperor” under James Brooks-Bruzzese with the SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS. He has also appeared as soloist in a seven concert tour of Italy for I POMERIGGI MUSICALI DI MILANO ORCHESTRA, playing the Mozart PIANO CONCERTO NO 12 and Beethoven’s PIANO CONCERTO NO.4 and he has given further performances as soloist in Beethoven’s PIANO CONCERTO NO.5 under Nicola Giuliani with the ORCHESTRA MOLDOVA NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC. He has appeared as soloist in the Mozart PIANO CONCERTO NO.22 IN E FLAT MAJOR K.482 under the direction of Johannes Wildner, with the NEW WESTPHALIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in Germany. He gave a cycle of performances of the five Beethoven piano concertos and the Beethoven CHORAL FANTASIA, with conductors, Anshel Brusilow and Hector Guzman, with the FILARMONICA DE JALISCO in Guadalajara, Mexico and he has also toured Mexico with the ORQUESTRA SINFONICA SINALAO DE LAS ARTES, appearing as soloist in Beethoven’s PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 with conductor, Gordon Campbell.
Highlights of Christian Leotta’s 2012/2013 concert season included giving performances of the complete cycle of 32 PIANO SONATAS by Beethoven in both Korea and Indonesia, the first performances of the entire cycle in either country’s history and, during 2014 he performed the same epic cycle in Thailand.
During 2015 he made his debut in Australia giving solo recitals in the program of the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE and TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA the latter of which CUT COMMON MAG wrote, …as close to perfection as I feel comfortable admitting… utter satisfaction…a magnificent set of works magnificently performed. A complete success.
Christian Leotta‘s performances during 2016 included the first complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at the ALTI HALL in Kyoto since Maurizio Pollini’s in the mid-1990’s. Japans leading music magazine, ONGAKU NO TOMO, wrote, … a majestic interpretation of the “HammerKlavier”… His Beethoven reminded me of the playing of the great German pianists such as Schnabel, Backhause and Kempff., while CLASSIC NOTES JAPAN said, … extraordinary and absolutely fantastic. Christian Leotta playing Beethoven is a true force or nature.
He returns to Kyoto’s ALTI HALL during 2017 and 2018 to perform the complete cycle of Schubert piano sonatas.
Other future plans include the release, during 2017, of the Beethoven DIABELLI VARIATIONS as part of his ongoing Beethoven recordings for the ATMA CLASSIQUE label and the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the BANGKOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by Marco Boemi.
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