Emanuele Torquati is rapidly gaining international recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and engaging programming. 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, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Ljubljana, Kiev and Oslo.

"The best piano recitals, in keeping with the word “recital,” 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 Mr. Torquati plays the piano, but how he hears and thinks about music. The entire program was filled with such striking contrasts by this thoughtful musician."
(Anthony Tommasini, New York Times)

“A vibrant pianist, excellent overall”
(Boston Globe)

"Italian pianist Emanuele Torquati was fascinating for his deep submersion in the music and capacity to convey the works of very different composers"
(Czech Music Quarterly)

"Torquati ha disegnato un itinerario intersecato, concluso con la Sonata “Les Adieux” di Beethoven, tutto nel segno di una compresa riflessività con cui ha delibato i segreti di due Sonate scarlattiane, rispondendo poi agli applausi insistenti con la trepida evocazione rappresentata dall’ultimo dei tre Studi composti da Chopin per la “Méthode des Méthodes” di Fétis e Moscheles ed infine con la trascrizione di Sgambati di una delle melodie più alate dall’Orfeo di Gluck."
(Giampaolo Minardi, La Gazzetta di Parma)

COR53728._1145“The best piano recitals, in keeping with the word “recital,” 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 Mr. Torquati plays the piano, but how he hears and thinks about music. The entire program was filled with such striking contrasts by this thoughtful musician.”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

“A vibrant pianist, excellent overall”

Boston Globe

“Italian pianist Emanuele Torquati was fascinating for his deep submersion in the music and capacity to convey the works of very different composers”

Czech Music Quarterly

“Torquati ha disegnato un itinerario intersecato, concluso con la Sonata “Les Adieux” di Beethoven, tutto nel segno di una compresa riflessività con cui ha delibato i segreti di due Sonate scarlattiane, rispondendo poi agli applausi insistenti con la trepida evocazione rappresentata dall’ultimo dei tre Studi composti da Chopin per la “Méthode des Méthodes” di Fétis e Moscheles ed infine con la trascrizione di Sgambati di una delle melodie più alate dall’Orfeo di Gluck.”

Giampaolo Minardi, La Gazzetta di Parma

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, 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.

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”.

Emanuele-Torquati-Albert-Roussel-Promenade-Sentimentale-Complete-Piano-MusicA livello discografico, ha al suo attivo l’integrale dell’opera di Albert Roussel nel doppio CD “Promenade Sentimentale” e più recentemente l’integrale pianistica di Alexander Zemlinsky per Brilliant Classics, oltre all’uscita in prima assoluta con Samy Moussa per COL LEGNO. In duo con il violoncellista Francesco Dillon ha realizzato tre CD di rarità schumanniane e l’integrale delle opere di Franz Liszt.

La 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, 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, 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 ed all’estero, in Irlanda per il Trinity College di Dublino, negli Stati Uniti (Longy School of Music di Boston e Boston University) ed in Argentina (Università di La Plata). 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. Dal 2010 è direttore artistico della stagione di musica contemporanea “music@villaromana” di Firenze. (Aggiornato Agosto 2014).

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, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, 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. 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 recently at the IIC 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. With cellist Francesco Dillon, he recorded 3 Cds with Schumann rarities and the Complete Works by Franz Liszt.

Moreover, he has worked intensively with leading composers including Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, 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 Longy School, Boston University, University of La Plata (Argentina), Trinity College Dublin.

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. Since 2010, he’s the artistic director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana. (Updated August 2014).