Roberto Plano - Pianist  
  • “…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 (Jamestown, NY, USA)
  • “…he dazzled the crowd with the demonic-sounding first movement – like devils dancing on a mountaintop.”

    Savannah Morning News (GA, USA)
  • “…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 Chronicle (Glens Falls, NY, USA)
  • “…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 (Cleveland, OH, USA)
  • “…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
Fan club

Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, Usa
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Concert with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra conducted by David McKenzie (season opening concert), Schumann, Concerto op.54

Sala Bergonzi, Cremona Mondo Musica, Cremona - Italy
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Recital organized by Fazioli Pianoforti, Cremona Pianoforte, Cremona Mondo Musica

Insubria University, Varese - Italy
Saturday, October 04, 2014 - Concert with jazz pianist Paolo Paliaga, presentation of cd "Inspiration"

Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN) - Italy
Friday, October 10, 2014 - recital, Fondazione Bondoni Pastorio

Verdi Conservatory, Milan - Italy
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Juror at the piano final Diplomas


Founder and President

Smetana, Piano Music - Album Leaves and Sketches

The article on Roberto and the mysterious Mozart Cadenza has been chosen as Top Picks of 2013!

On November 2, 2013, Roberto will be a guest at the well-known radio program Piazza Verdi (around 3:15 p.m., italian time); for that occasion he will perform live music by Andrea Luchesi and talk about his most recent recording.


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