Emanuele Torquati gained international recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and engaging programming. His flourishing career has taken him to illustrious Venues and Festivals such as Teatro Colon, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Jordan Hall Boston, Venice Biennale, Musica Strasbourg

"The best piano recitals should have a quasi-literary dimension, where a performer offers a discourse on music by the choice of works, something Mr. Torquati did exceptionally well in his fascinating program. It conveyed not just how he plays the piano, but how he hears and thinks about music."
Anthony Tommasini, NY Times

"Torquati dà il meglio di sé per quanto riguarda un exploit pianistico che richiede un complesso lavoro di preparazione ed analisi, con un apice nel toccatistico movimento finale"
Luca Chierici, Classic Voice

"Emanuele Torquati spielt die noch wenig individuell ausgeprägten Stücke sehr leicht und transparent, achtet auf Tonschönheit und noble Linienführung und kommt nie in Versuchung, die Musik mit Bedeutungsschwere zu überfrachten."
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Emanuele Torquati is rapidly gaining international recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and engaging programming. He has been hailed as “a thoughtful musician and a champion of contemporary music” by the New York Times and as “a vibrant pianist, excellent overall” by the Boston Globe. His flourishing career has taken him to some of Europe, Canada, America and Africa’s most illustrious venues, in such diverse cities as Addis Abeba, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), San Francisco, Toronto, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Ljubljana, Kiev and Oslo.

His concerts have been broadcasted by RAI, BBC Radio3, Deutschland Radiokultur, MDR Kultur, Radio France, Swiss RSI, RTE Lyric  and Euroradio. Since 2015, he regularly collaborates with RAI Radio3 in the frame of “Lezioni di Musica” Programme.

As a soloist he has performed with such Orchestras as  Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), Lithuanian National Symphony, Buenos Aires Philarmonics, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Tuscany Regional Orchestra (ORT), Haydn Orchester Bozen.

A notable performer of new music and an avid chamber musician, he enjoys a diverse and varied career as a pianist. He was artist in residence at The Banff Centre with the project “Voyage Messiaen” in 2008 and in 2010 with “Intimate Sketches: Visions on Leos Janàcek”, and more recently at the Italian Cultural Institut in Paris within the program “Les Promesses de l’Art”.

His first recording, “Promenade sentimentale”, devoted to the Complete Piano Music of Albert Roussel has been followed by the Complete Piano Music by Alexander Zemlinsky for Brilliant Classics. In 2017 a new Album “The Vale of Dreams: Charles Griffes Piano Music” has been released. His releases with New Music includes CDs with COL LEGNO (Samy Moussa), KAIROS (Ryan Carter) and RTV (Nina Senk). With cellist Francesco Dillon, he recorded 3 Cds with Schumann rarities and the Complete Works by Franz Liszt. A new CD with Brahms rarities has been released in March 2018.

Moreover, he has worked intensively with leading composers including Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, Philip Glass, Thomas Larcher, Magnus Lindberg, Peter Ablinger and he has collaborated among others with musicians such as Isabel Charisius, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Gielen, Marisol Montalvo, Garth Knox, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan and Prometeo String Quartet. The recipient of several international awards, Torquati has been supported by Institutions such as CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD Bonn, Ambassade de France en Italie, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, Ensemble Modern, The Banff Centre. He has been invited to give Masterclasses within several Universities and Conservatories in Italy and abroad, a.o. for New York University, Boston University, University of La Plata and Universidad Popular de Còrdoba (Argentina), Trinity College Dublin and Southampton University. He is currently Professor at State Conservatory “G. F. Ghedini” in Cuneo.

Torquati was born in Milan in 1978.  His most influential teachers were Giancarlo Cardini and Konstantin Bogino. He also worked closely with Alexander Lonquich, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Ian Pace, Michael Wendeberg. He went on to specialize in Chamber Music first with Franco Rossi (Quartetto Italiano), then he achieved a Master Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. He has been for 10 years Artistic Director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana in Florence (Updated August 2020).

Vincitore di numerosi premi in Italia e all’estero, Emanuele Torquati suona regolarmente in Europa, Canada, America e Africa, in centri musicali quali Addis Abeba, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Banff, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, Strasbourg, Paris, Lyon, Leipzig, Berlin, Munich, Krakow, Ljubljana, Kiev, Prague, Graz, Milano e Roma, e per Festival quali Alte Oper Frankfurt, Columbia University Fall Series, MITO Settembre Musica, Concerti del Quirinale, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Klangspuren, Heidelberger Frühling, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires. Le sue esecuzioni sono state trasmesse da emittenti prestigiose, quali RAI, BBC Radio3, Deutschland Radiokultur, MDR Kultur, Radio France, Radio Svizzera, RTE Lyric ed Euroradio. Dal 2015 è uno degli autori del Programma di Radio3 “Lezioni di Musica”.

Si è esibito come solista con l’Orchestra Filarmonica di Buenos Aires, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Lituana, ORT Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino e Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano.

La sua attivitá artistica è stata sostenuta da prestigiose istituzioni, quali Federazione CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD, Ambassade de France en Italie, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, New England Conservatory, Ensemble Modern. Già artist in residence presso The Banff Centre con il progetto “Voyage Messiaen”, ed in seguito con “Intimate Sketches – Visioni su Leos Janacek”, nel 2014 è stato invitato come artista in residenza presso l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi nel quadro del programma “Les Promesses de l’Art”.

A livello discografico, ha al suo attivo le integrali pianistiche di Albert Roussel, Alexander Zemlinsky e Charles Griffes per BrilliantClassics, oltre all’uscita di opere in prima assoluta per COL LEGNO (Samy Moussa), KAIROS (Ryan Carter) e RTV (Nina Senk). In Duo col violoncellista Francesco Dillon ha realizzato 3 CD dedicati a Robert Schumann, l’integrale delle opere di Franz Liszt, ed un recente CD di rarità brahmsiane per il decennale del loro sodalizio nel 2018.

La sua passione per la musica contemporanea lo ha portato ad eseguire in prima esecuzione svariate opere cameristiche e per pianoforte solo e a lavorare intensamente con compositori di primo piano, quali: Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Philip Glass, Thomas Larcher, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg, Peter Ablinger e con artisti quali Isabel Charisius, Matthias Pintscher, Marisol Montalvo, Garth Knox, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan, Quartetto Prometeo.

In campo didattico è stato invitato a tenere Masterclasses da istituzioni quali IULM Milano, KantorAtelier, G.A.M.O., Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Conservatorio statale “F. Bonporti” di Trento, “B. Marcello” di Venezia, “L. Perosi” di Campobasso, “V. Bellini” di Palermo, “G. Tartini” di Trieste, “N. Rota” di Monopoli, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Achille Peri” di Reggio Emilia ed all’estero, in Europa presso il Trinity College di Dublino e la Southampton University, negli Stati Uniti (New York University e Boston University) ed in Argentina (Università di La Plata e di Còrdoba). Attualmente insegna Pianoforte presso il Conservatorio Statale “G. F. Ghedini” di Cuneo.

Dopo essersi diplomato a Firenze sotto la guida di Giancarlo Cardini, si è perfezionato con Konstantin Bogino, lavorando inoltre con Alexander Lonquich, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Ian Pace e Michael Wendeberg. Parallelamente ha approfondito il repertorio cameristico con Franco Rossi prima, con il Trio di Trieste poi, presso la Scuola Superiore Internazionale di Duino, conseguendovi il Diploma di Merito. E’ stato per 10 anni direttore artistico del Festival di Musica Contemporanea“music@villaromana” di Firenze ed è fra gli autori delle “Lezioni di Musica” di Radio RAI3 (Aggiornato Agosto 2020).