Debut at Luzerner Sinfonieorchester on May 24th 2024
At his debut with the La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, the Milanese pianist Francesco Granata was praised for his “brilliant touch, appropriate sober accent, and simultaneously and most significantly, technical mastery that is always subservient to expression.”
Francesco Granata graduated from the Conservatorio di Milano in 2016 with the highest evaluation and a special mention. In 2019, he completed a Master Course diploma at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he studied with Benedetto Lupo. Most recently, he achieved an artist diploma with Roberto Plano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where Francesco Granata was also engaged as an assistant instructor. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in music performance with Claudio Martínez Mehner at Musik-Akademie Basel, with jazz music as a minor subject.
Francesco Granata has taken part in numerous masterclasses with the big names of the classical music world. He was also selected for the first “Partitura Project” in the USA in collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore Piano Festival in Michigan, a workshop created by Maria João Pires to promote exchange and dialogue between musicians of different generations.
The young pianist has taken part in numerous piano competitions. He won the first prize at the Premio Venezia Competition 2017. In 2021, he was a prize winner at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, a finalist at the Concours Musical International de Montréal and first prize winner at the MTNA Competitions in Indiana. In 2022, he was one of the 30 pianists selected for the final round of the prestigious piano competition The Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas, and in January 2024, he won the second prize at the Rahn Musikpreis 2024 competition for piano in Zurich.
Francesco Granata perfomed solo recitals in Italy, India and Europe and gave concerts with the Orchestra La Fenice, the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dokul Eyul University Symphony Orchestra, the OSCOM Orchestra and the UNIMI Orchestra, among others. He has played under conductors such as Jonathan Webb, Arthur Fagen, Amedeo Monetti, Cosimo Bombardieri, Stefano Ligoratti and Michele Spotti. His chamber music partners include Marcello Miramonti and Enrico Graziani, with whom he founded the “Da Vinci Ensemble” project, as well as Jan Vogler, Carlo Maria Parazzoli, Roberto Tarenzi and Andrea Cellacchi. In 2024 he joined the “Trio Eclipse” with Sebastian Braun and Lionel Andrey.
In 2018, the CD “Francesco Granata” was published by the Italian magazine Suonare News. A CD recording with the Da Vinci Ensemble about the two Martucci trios was released by Amadeus in November 2023.