The Italian pianist Giovanni Velluti has forged a distinguished international career as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. He has enjoyed a particularly important close association with Katia Ricciarelli, whom he has partnered since 1994 in many tours and television broadcasts throughout Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East, and in many television broadcastings. Other leading singers with whom he has worked regularly are Andrea Bocelli, Gianfranco Cecchele, Kristian Johansson, Daniela Barcellona, Roberta Canzian, Carlo Lepore, Giacomo Prestia and Gianluca Terranova. He has also performed poetry and music programmes with the actors Michele Placido and Piera Degli Esposti.
As a soloist Velluti has been praised for his ability to shed new light onto mainstream repertoire, as well as for his: “…extreme virtuosity and intense lyricism… demonstrating how to join technical detail with fraseggio, touch, cantabile, all things that reveal a pianist of great ability…” (C. Savone: Il Tempo). Velluti was decisively influenced by his encounter with the teacher Rodolpho Caporali, a direct pianistic descendant of Chopin and Thalberg, since then he has developed a specialism in repertoire of the Romantic era, notably the works of Liszt and Chopin. His distinctive approach focuses on aspects such as cantabile, rubato, and virtuosity, interpreted in the light of 19th-century performance practice, within a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. Velluti is also a keen interpreter of Moszkowski and other less frequently performed “fin de siècle” virtuoso works.
Velluti has performed in the most important Italian concert halls and abroad (including Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Argentina of Rome, Teatro Comunale of Ferrara, Turin RAI Auditorium, Rome Parco della musica, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, London’s Steinway Hall, Conway Hall and St. Martin-in-the-fields, etc…), and in many international festivals including the Varna Summer Festival, Festival di Pasqua of Locarno, Ochrid festival, Festival Magna Grecia of Taranto, Temporada de musica de Andorra, and Alto Adige Musicastello Festival.