Luca Buratto wins Honens competition
Luca Buratto was announced as the laureate of the 2015 Honens Piano Competition on 11 September.
The 22-year-old Italian pianist received a cash prize of CA$100k (£64,770) and a three-year career development programme valued at $500k.
The programme includes: worldwide general management by Honens for three years; worldwide recitals; residencies at the Banff Centre in preparation for collaborative touring projects; development of repertory and live recordings; mentorship opportunities with artists including Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Jeremy Denk, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Lars Vogt; and a recording on the Hyperion label.
Buratto made his debut in 2003 at age ten in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan. He received third prize in the 2012 International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the ‘Acerbi’ prize at the Shura Cherkassky International Piano Competition (Milan). He was one of 30 finalists at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
The jury announced its decision following the finalists’ performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier on 10 and 11 September. The judges included pianist Janina Fialkowska, Jeremy Geffen (director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall), Charles Hamlen (artistic advisor of Orchestra of St Luke’s and former head of IMG Artists), and Costa Pilavachi (Universal Music Group International’s senior vice president of classical A&R).
Jury chair Charles Hamlen said: ‘All of us on the jury, as well as the audiences at Jack Singer Concert Hall, have experienced two weeks of exhilarating, world-class pianism. Once again, the Honens Piano Competition has shown that it brings to Calgary some of the finest and most creative musicians from around the world. We offer our sincerest congratulations to all of the pianists, with a special nod to 2015 Honens Laureate, Luca Buratto.’
Finalists Henry Kramer (USA) and Artem Yasynskyy (Ukraine) each received a Raeburn prize of CA$10,000 (£6,477).
The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years as part of the Honens Festival. Previous winners include Pavel Kolesnikov (2012) and Maxim Philippov (1996).