Fabio Martino, The third prize winner of the 4th China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition

Fabio Martino is viewed as the most avant-garde and innovative challenger on the international piano scene. This ‘piano wizard’ has not only attracted a large number of fans with his superb performance buthas also won the third prize in the 4th China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition for his unique South American charm.

After winning the prize in Shenzhen, Martino’s piano career continued to grow and in 2019 he was invited back to China to teach masterclasses and give recitals in Xiamen and Xiangyang.

In the same year, Martinoreleased two new albums, including the solo album Latin Soul, which was given an outstanding 10 out of 10 by one of today’s most authoritative music critic, Guido Krawinkel, who praised ‘It is not just virtuosity, it is immersed with explosive energy! Magnificent!’The passionate and powerful piano music in hisalbumLatin Soulwerecomposed byLatin American composers such as Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Guastavino and Guarnieri. “Latin Soul”has received critical acclaim in leading music magazinessuch as Music Spotlight, International Piano Magazine, PIANONews.His other album features a performance of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and collaboration with the renowned conductor Maestro Dane Edinger, which was also a great success.

All albums released by Martino have been nominated for three difference categories in Germany’s most prestigious classical music award Opus Klassik, including Soloist of the Year, Solo Recording and Concerto Recording of the Year.

2020 was a remarkable year for Martino. He performed the Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and the Brazilian Fantasy by Francisco Mignone in New Year’s concerts at the Salzburg Great Festival House (Großes Festspielhaus) and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Both performances were huge successes and tickets were sold out. A few weeks later, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1againwith the Stuttgart Philharmonic at Liederhalle (more than 2000 seats). The whole performance was appraised as “it was like if Tchaikovsky had composed the concert for him!”.

Martinohas also started his own chamber music project called “Fabio Martino @ HOME” this year. He invites a different musician each week and the performances are broadcast live worldwide. Nine concerts have been staged so far, with more than a thousand viewers weekly watching the live stream on Facebook or YouTube.