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Gianfranco Bortolato
Oboe

Born in  1964 he gained his Diploma with honors from the ?B. Marcello? Conservatoire in Venice, Italy where he was taught by Bruno Baldan, before continuing his studies with Pietro Borgonovo.  In 1992 he was awarded with the Konzertdiplom from the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland.

From 1994 to 1995 he attended a course of further specialist study with Hans Elhorst at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg.

From 1990 to 1995 he performed as principal oboe with the Symphony Orchestra of Sanremo, Italy.

He also has collaborated as principal oboe with several other Italian orchestras, including the orchestra at the Teatro La Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale di Genova, Orchestra Regionale Toscana and the Teatro Regio in Turin.

He has given several soloist performances (Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo, Italy, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, Italy, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, L'Aquila, Italy) and has made recordings for Ares, Frequenz, Erato, Nuova Era, Ricordi, Tactus, Rivoalto.

In 2001 he was invited as a member of the jury (first Italian) to the International Competition Gilett/Fox in the USA.  In the same occasion he presented ?Parigi o cara? during the International Conference Double Reed Society.  During 2002 he participated at the 1° Festival de Musica y Musicologia in Ensenada (Mexico) obtaining a great success.

He performed, as an Italian premiere, the ?Trittico? for Oboe, Oboe d?amore, English horn and strings by Antal Dorati with the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese. He presented the "Trittico" at the International Conference Double Reed Society at Banff (Canada), as well. In 2003 he presented, as a world premiere, at the International Conference Double Reed at Greensboro (USA) his new CD ?Ardon gli incensi? which contains fantasies by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti operas.  His performance of the A. Dorati's Trittico in the US has been the subject of a thesis at the Indiana University (USA).

As member of the Avant-Garde Quintet until may 2006, he was one of the finalists in the 46th International ARD Competition in Munich, Germany.

Currently, he is first oboist at the Rome Opera Theater Orchestra, in Italy.

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