Magician at the Piano
NOVEMBER 20 2016
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Magician at the piano” Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung
At the age of 5 Fabio Martino began playing his grandmother’s piano; she was a piano teacher in Sao Paulo. Seventeen years later – after intensive training at leading universities of music in Brazil and Germany Martino bought himself his first Steinway grand piano. The money for this came from his first prize of 48,000 US$ at the II BNDES Bank international piano competition, a major competition in Latin America. In the final round, his competitors were a Japanese and a Russian pianist, 28 and 29 years old, respectively.
Already a year later, in 2011, Martino won the first prize of 10,000 Euro at the piano competition organized by The Cultural Committee of German Industry “Sound and Explanation – conveying music in sound and word”. He doesn’t only draw in the audience with his virtuoso playing; he also thrills them with his South American charm when he explains his music to them. In the meantime Fabio Martino has won more than 20 first prizes at competitions. He’s viewed as a cheeky but at the same time open challenger on the international pianist scene.
He wears his hand-tied bow tie like a trademark. A further milestone in his career was the release of his debut album with works by Brahms, Schumann and the world première of the 3rd piano sonata by York Höller, as well as three etudes by Edino Krieger, which was released in 2013. Höller, the composer, praised his “expressive, strong, but never over powerful, sensitive, but never vague and last but not least technically perfect playing”. In its concert review the Frankfurter Allgemeine
newspaper writes: “Fabio Martino has revived Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto with a sweeping, resolute drive, pleasure in well-shaped, melodious passages and also with the necessary stamina”.
His second album “PASSION” was recorded in co-production with SWR in the famous Hans-Rosbaud-Studio in Baden-Baden. As well as well-known works by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann, which Fabio Martino interprets in his own special emotional and inspirational manner, it also contains the world première recording of the light, full of temperament and pianistically demanding piece “Tico-Tico no fubá” arranged by Marc-André Hamelin.
As a soloist, Fabio Martino frequently performs internationally, playing repertoire which includes piano concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann, Medtner, Bartok and Mozart, to name a few, accompanied by important national and internationally renowned orchestras such as the São Paulo State Orchestra (São Paulo), The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Rio de Janeiro), the Minas Gerais Philharmonic (Belo Horizonte), the Badische Staatskapelle (Karlsruhe), the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Munich), the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berliner Symphoniker.
Martino’s concerts and recitals bring him to big halls around the world and important Piano Festivals: Berliner Philharmonie; Seoul Arts Center – South Korea; Sala Sao Paulo, Cidade das Artes, Sala Cecilia Meireles – Brazil; Miami International Piano Festival and the Gilmore Festival – USA; Heidelberger Frühling, NDR Radio in Hannover, and at Munich’s Gasteig – Germany. The most discerning critics enthusiastically received them all.
Fabio Martino mesmerizes his audience when he steps onto the stage. His ability and his exceptional charisma also took him to various film- and television productions and LIVE recordings among others for the SWR, BR, NDR and the BBC.
At the end of 2015 he received two important awards: the critics’ prize “Discovery of the year” for the Rach-Pag-Variations with OSESP under the internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop in the Sala Sao Paulo, and the prize awarded by the audience in the category “Young Talents”.
Critics already mention Fabio Martino together with Nelson Freire, Alicia de Larocha, Martha Argerich and Vladimir Ashkenazy.