Roberto Plano - Pianist  
  • “…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.”
  • “…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
  • “..Roberto Plano demonstrated a sturdy technique, a living conception of the musical form and clearly expressive intentions”

    Corriere della Sera
  • “..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
  • “ 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, Van Cliburn Competition blog moderator
  • “ At the Van Cliburn Competition not yet over, Roberto Plano is such a favorite with the audience that he is already receiving invitations to perform professionally – invitations from symphony orchestras and recital series...”

    Paul Harvey, News commentator
  • “Plano is…a pianist with a uniquely intense approach…”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • “Roberto Plano… [was] intense, emotional… in a word, Italian.”

    The Times (London)
  • “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
  • ... he's sensational. ...lyricism at its most pleasing...

    The Edmonton Journal
  • Roberto Plano is on Maurizio Pollini’s and Uto Ughi’s footsteps..

    Il Tempo
  • 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
  • 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. With on the one hand highly charged, on the other hand deeply sensitive interpretations he delighted and overwhelmed the audience ..

  • 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

  • Completely one with the music and without cheap showmanship Plano achieves a result of seductive effect. 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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 recital ..

    Paul Harvey jr.
  • As no other pianist now concertizing, he combines an almost supernatural range of sound and color with phenomenal musicianship, technique, and charisma.

    Paul Harvey jr.
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First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureates of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition...

  Roberto Plano
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Sala dei Congressi "Terme dei Papi", Viterbo - Italy
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - President of the Jury, 13th National Competition Città di Viterbo

Sala dei Congressi "Terme dei Papi", Viterbo - Italy
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - President of the Jury, 13th National Competition Città di Viterbo

John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR - Usa
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Concert with Arkansas Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Steven Byess, Grieg Concerto

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Rogers, AR - Usa
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - Masterclass

University of Arkansas, Fayettevile, AR - Usa
Monday, April 13, 2015 - Masterclass


Founder and President

The leading classical music magazine in Italy, Amadeus, dedicated his cover of the February issue to Roberto Plano and to his cd with music by Aleksandr Skrjabin..

The new cd by Roberto Plano and Paolo Paliaga

December 5-7, 2014 - Caraglio (CN) - Italy. Roberto Plano, President of the Jury


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