CURTONI Lamberto

(Piacenza, 1987)


The cellist and composer Lamberto Curtoni was born in Piacenza on 27th September 1987, in a family of musicians. In 2006 he graduated in cello with the maximum grades at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin, his adoptive town, and afterwards he studied with Giovanni Sollima improving his talent.


Both as a composer and as a soloist, he collaborated with institutions such as the Philharmonic Arturo Toscanini in Parma, the Philharmonic in Turin, the World Youth Orchestra, the  Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, The Orchestras of Padua and Veneto, with several chamber ensembles of the RAI National Orchestra, performing in Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Valle, Teatro Sistina, Casa del Jazz), Milan (Serate Musicali, Blue Note, Castello Sforzesco), Unione Musicale in Turin, Umbria Jazz, Ischia Jazz Festival, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Ravello Festival, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Teatro Grande in Brescia, Teatro Massimo in Cagliari, Theatre Municipal in Bastia, Theatre National in Algeri, Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, "Martha Argherich Presents Project" in Buenos Aires, Miami Festival, Sochi Winter Festival, ISB convention Rochester (NY).


In the same year, on the occasion of the celebrations for the Holy Shroud’s Exposition in the Cathedral in Turin, the RAI National Orchestra’s String Quintet performed his Stabat Mater, with the reciting voice of Camilla Gallo.


In 2010 he composed and played on stage the music for the dance performance Echi e Follie, performed on tour in Italy and Spain, with the choreography by Matteo Levaggi.


Yuri BashmetLuca Ranieri and the Moscow Soloists commissioned him a piece for two violas and strings, De Fidium Natura, premiered in March 2011 at the Teatro Grande in Brescia, and afterwards at the Serate Musicali in Milan, the Unione Musicale in Turin and the Winter Festival in Sochi, Russia. 


In 2012, on tour in the Baltic countries, the Kremerata Baltica performed Isolario for voice and string orchestra. In the same year in Como and Padua he participated to the Grand Gala of Dance "Eleanora Abbagnato et ses amis" composing and performing the music for a framework dedicated to Luchino Visconti's movie "Bellissima".


In 2013 Mario Brunello invited him to take part in the realization of the music for a video dedicated to the works designed by the architect Aurelio Galfetti in the city of Padua. In this period he also collaborated with several extraclassical musicians, including  the Neapolitan songwriter Edoardo De Crescenzo.


In July 2014 he opened all the concerts of the tour of Franco Battiato with the Philarmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini: the program included the world premiere of Rinnovato mistero for strings, cello and santur (string instrument of the Iranian classical tradition). In the same month he participated as "composer in residence" at the Festival of Conques (Pyrenees), performing Daseia for solo cello, composed for Julius Berger, and a mass for organ, cello and choir, Conquensis Messe, inspired by the traditional Occitan music. In October, for a performance at Lincoln Center, the company New York City Ballet commissioned him an original piece, Sensorium, with the choreography by Matteo Levaggi.


In April 2015 he will perform with Enrico Rava and Edmar Castaneda in Essenze Jazz at Palapartenope in Naples.


His compositions are published by Casa Musicale Sonzogno in Milan.





"[...] I commissioned him a piece for two violas and orchestra because I realized he had an artistic personality in tune with mine. [...] His music is a product of its time, but that is not afraid of melody, is not afraid to make the solo instruments sing. It is a music projected towards the future, which however knows how to deal with the past, even in an ironic way [...]" Yuri Bashmet   (Interview for "Libertà" 18th March 2012)


"[...] After the magical experience of the first performance of "Vox Celli" [...] and in the anticipated joy of a common path [...]" Julius Berger (19th July, 2014)