…This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and... read more

…This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performances…

THE NEW YORK TIMES

..Plano’s performance was a real revelation. He has been able to extract from his keyboard... read more

..Plano’s performance was a real revelation. He has been able to extract from his keyboard every kind of sound.. A deep and exciting pianist”

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

…Roberto Plano… [was] intense, emotional… in a word, Italian.

THE TIMES

…the lithe Mr. Plano evoked the poetic and supremely confident spirit of Vladimir Horowitz. …Mr.... read more

…the lithe Mr. Plano evoked the poetic and supremely confident spirit of Vladimir Horowitz. …Mr. Plano has a firm hold on his technique and displays it with the air of a warrior… A young lion.

CONCERTONET.COM

..Roberto Plano demonstrated a sturdy technique, a living conception of the musical form and clearly... read more

..Roberto Plano demonstrated a sturdy technique, a living conception of the musical form and clearly expressive intentions

CORRIERE DELLA SERA

…a young pianist who is destined to be one of the stellar artists of the... read more

…a young pianist who is destined to be one of the stellar artists of the contemporary age… truly a thrilling evening of music, suggesting a career for the performing artist which will ascend to the highest level of international triumph.

THE POST-JOURNAL

…Many artists are brilliant technicians but somewhat lacking in expressiveness or vice versa. Rarely is... read more

…Many artists are brilliant technicians but somewhat lacking in expressiveness or vice versa. Rarely is one successful, as Plano is, in combining both in a flawless unity, to be technically brilliant on the one hand and at the same time to let profound emotions speak.

SÜDKURIER

Plano fascinates with sculpted staccato as precise as a metronome. His runs, accurate and gently... read more

Plano fascinates with sculpted staccato as precise as a metronome. His runs, accurate and gently pearling or murmuring like a spring, are a dream.

SÜDKURIER

How is it possible, in a fraction of a second, after hushed tones, soft as... read more

How is it possible, in a fraction of a second, after hushed tones, soft as silk and dabbed in with celestial weightlessness, to change to a stormy, unleashed earthy force? At times he revels in majestic chords, then in sensuous arpeggios or plunging cascades. His playing has an elegant effect and yet it is filled with passionate power and intensity.

SÜDKURIER

There are indeed a number of excellent pianists on an equally high level. But hardly... read more

There are indeed a number of excellent pianists on an equally high level. But hardly has one felt there could be no higher level, along comes someone like Roberto Plano and proves there is.

SÜDKURIER

With on the one hand highly charged, on the other hand deeply sensitive interpretations he... read more

With on the one hand highly charged, on the other hand deeply sensitive interpretations he delighted and overwhelmed the audience. Completely one with the music and without cheap showmanship Plano achieves a result of seductive effect.

SÜDKURIER

Plano’s performance was a real revelation. He has been able to extract from his keyboard... read more

Plano’s performance was a real revelation. He has been able to extract from his keyboard every kind of sound.. A deep and exciting pianist. In his homeland the Italian pianist is a star. With such outstanding presentations as the one in Kiesel, it cannot be long until he begins his triumphal procession through the concert houses of Germany.

SÜDKURIER

... he's sensational. ...lyricism at its most pleasing...

THE EDMONTON JOURNAL

…A wave of enthusiasm in Plano’s Liszt… Public in delirium at the end of the... read more

…A wave of enthusiasm in Plano’s Liszt… Public in delirium at the end of the recital ..

IL GIORNALE DI BRESCIA

…Hands resources ready for anything, natural fluency passages, full-domain sound, lyricism and virtuosity ..

IL GIORNALE DI SICILIA

…Roberto Plano is on Maurizio Pollini’s and Uto Ughi’s footsteps..

IL TEMPO

…the pianist’s mastery of both technique and expression was nothing short of amazing…His outbursts of... read more

…the pianist’s mastery of both technique and expression was nothing short of amazing…His outbursts of passion were truly operatic under his fingers… perhaps he could be called “the Pavarotti of the Piano?

THE CRONICLE

…Plano is…a pianist with a uniquely intense approach…

STAR TELEGRAM

Roberto Plano is clearly a serious and thoughtful musician…[He] exerted a real personality... His aristocratic... read more

Roberto Plano is clearly a serious and thoughtful musician…[He] exerted a real personality… His aristocratic playing in the Dvorák made every phrase matter.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS

An incredibly sensitive pianist, Plano is capable of enormous power, then glistening, fluid runs, then... read more

An incredibly sensitive pianist, Plano is capable of enormous power, then glistening, fluid runs, then breath-taking suspensions…

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE

…he dazzled the crowd with the demonic-sounding first movement – like devils dancing on a... read more

…he dazzled the crowd with the demonic-sounding first movement – like devils dancing on a mountaintop.”

SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS

…A gifted virtuoso on the threshold of a big career, Plano has the talent, technique... read more

…A gifted virtuoso on the threshold of a big career, Plano has the talent, technique and personality to advance to the big leagues of the piano world…

THE PLAIN DEALER

If there is any justice in the world, Roberto Plano will win the gold medal... read more

If there is any justice in the world, Roberto Plano will win the gold medal in this competition… This guy can play anything, literally anything, and play it well. He is astonishing. No grandstanding and no flash, just the real deal

CARL TAIT, BLOG MODERATOR VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION

I was personally acquainted with most of the great ones, including Serkin, Rubinstein and Horowitz,... read more

I was personally acquainted with most of the great ones, including Serkin, Rubinstein and Horowitz, but I waited decades for the next keyboard giant to arrive. Then one evening I heard Mr. Plano in recitalAs no other pianist now concertizing, he combines an almost supernatural range of sound and color with phenomenal musicianship, technique, and charisma.

PAUL HARVEY JR.

…I like to say how charming and communicative is his playing, how sincere and severe... read more

…I like to say how charming and communicative is his playing, how sincere and severe is his musical thinking, and how spectacular and clean is his technique…

BRUNO CANINO

NEW RELEASE – DECCA CLASSICS – LISZT

Franz Liszt
Harmonies Poetiques et réligieuses (complete – 2 cd)
Roberto Plano, piano
FAZIOLI piano F278
Decca Classics 481 2479
Stereo DDD
Duration 48’08” (cd1) – 45’10” (cd 2)

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BIOGRAPHY

First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada) and the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Roberto Plano has performed all over the world. Important venues in North America include Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center, where he performed the American premiere of Luis de Pablo’s Retratos y Transcripciones; Severance Hall in Cleveland, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and others. He regularly performs in Europe – notably at Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and St. John Smith Square in London, National Concert Hall in Dublin, and at the Herculessaal and Gasteig in Munich.

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