Italian pianist Fernando Altamura is a compelling young musician of the highest order, whose sensitive performances have been praised by audiences and critics alike. By age 22, Mr. Altamura had already performed in the most prestigious concert venues throughout Europe, including the Wiener Zaal and the Grosser Zaal in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. As a Euro Arts Young Artist, Mr. Altamura made his highly acclaimed debut in the Hoam Concert Hall in Seoul. He has appeared as a soloist with the Bari Philharmonic, the Skopje Philharmonic, and Rotterdam Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and has also been invited to perform at renowned music festivals such as the Florence Summer Music Festival, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and the Leipzig International Music Festival.
Mr. Altamura has won prizes at numerous international competitions, including second prizes at the 2008 Panama International Piano Competition and the 2006 Bitola International Pianofest Competition in Macedonia, the Debussy Prize at the 2010 Orleans International Piano Competition in France, and First Prize at the 2005 Brahms Competition in Barcellona, Italy. In addition, he has also won twenty-three national piano competitions, and eighteen national chamber music competitions in Italy. Mr. Altamura is the recipient of the 2004 Salzburg International Summer Academy Prize and the 2010 E. Parisot Prize awarded to outstanding pianists at the Yale School of Music.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music from the Bari Conservatory at age 19, Mr. Altamura later obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Hogeschool voor Musiek (Codarts), Rotterdam. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Music at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers are Aquiles Delle Vigne, Maria Teresa Somma, Choong-Mo Kang and Peter Frankl.
Mr. Altamura’s keen interest in contemporary music has led him to explore new repertoire and première music by living composers, including works of Gianvincenzo Cresta, Ferdinando Sarno, Maria Escribano, Marc Yeats, and Klaas De Vries among many others. He was a member of the Rotterdam Ensemble, a group dedicated to performing contemporary works, and is involved in New Music New Haven, at Yale University. Mr. Altamura has been invited to give lectures, lecture-recitals, and masterclasses in both the United States and in Italy. Most recently, he served as faculty on the Bitonto Mastercourse, and presented a lecture and recital on twentieth century piano music at the Union College in Schenectady New York. His passion for the theater has led him to work as a dramaturge for playwrights in the realization of their performances in contemporary theater.