Born in Naples in 1969, Roberto Cominati began studying piano at a very early age: he was just eight when he was admitted to the Conservatory San Pietro a Majella in Naples for special merits. In 1984 he pursued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini at the Accademia Superiore di Musica in Biella and in 1989 he attended Franco Scala’s class at the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro in Imola.
In 1993 he won the First Prize at the International Competition Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano; this last award launched his career and gained him the favour of both critics and major Italian concert promoters. In 1999 he was rewarded the Jacques Stehman Prize by the audience of the RTBF and TV5 France at the Bruxelles Reine Elisabeth Competition.
Since then Roberto Cominati is invited to perform in the most prestigious venues and festivals such as the Salzbuger Festspiele, festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Lingotto in Turin, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Saõ Paulo, Sydney Opera House, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
He has appeared with leading European orchestras as well as in Japan and Australia, under the baton of important conductors, among which sir Simon Rattle, Andrey Boreyko, Leon Fleisher, Daniel Harding, Eliahu Inbal, Yuri Ahronovitch,Gabriele Ferro,Michele Mariotti,David Robertson, and Aleksandr Lazarev.
The box made by Amadeus for the Elite series contains two CDs and an Italian book of insight into the life and piano music by Maurice Ravel, as well as an interview with the pianist Roberto Cominati.
On air on Venice Classic Radio
M. Ravel (1832-1908)
Pavane pour une infante défunte
On air: Friday 11th January 2013 - At 8:00 pm
Movements: I. Modéré - II. Mouvement de menuet - III. Animé
On air: Tuesday 15th January 2013 - At 8:00 pm
Movements: I. Noctuelles - II. Oiseaux tristes - III. Une barque sue l'ocèan - IV. Alborada del gracioso - V. La vallée des cloches
On air: Friday 18th January 2013 - At 11:35 pm
Gaspard de la nuit
Movements: I. Ondine - II. Le gibet - III. Scarbo
On air: Tuesday 22nd January 2013 - At 8:00 pm
Le tombeau de Couperin
Movements: I. Prélude - II. Fugue - III. Forlane - IV. Rigaudon - V. Menuet - VI. Toccata
On air: Friday 25th January 2013 - At 11:35 pm
A la manière de... Borodine et Chabrier
On air: Tuesday 29th January 2013 - At 8:00 pm
Menuet sur le nome de Haydn
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Movements: I. Modéré, très franc - II. Assez lent, avec une expression intense - III. Modéré - IV. Assez animé - V. Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime - VI. Vif - VII. Moins vif - VIII. Epilogue, lent
On air: Friday 1st February 2013 - At 11:40 pm
Performer: Roberto Cominati, piano
CD: Il pianoforte di Ravel