Christian Leotta was presented in April 2004 with the prestigious President's Medal by the President of the Italian Republic, Hon. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, for his performances in Europe and the Americas of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.
This very important award, the highest provided in official recognition of such an artistic accomplishment, follows a series of unquestioned successes by Mr. Leotta as a recital soloist and with orchestra, in his native Italy as well as in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
Appearing in Montreal at the age of only 22, in 2002, Christian Leotta is the youngest pianist since the youthful Daniel Barenboim ever to undertake a recital series encompassing the entire corpus of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. In the meantime, more than ten cycles have bean successfully performed, notably in international music capitals such as Budapest, Madrid, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Québec City, etc., etc.
Mr. Leotta worldwide engagemets have included concerts in important theatres and concert halls, such as the Philharmonie at the Gasteig in Munich, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Tonhalle of Zurich, the Teatro Ghione of Rome, the Sala Verdi of Milan's Conservatory, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Florida, the Murchison Performing Arts Center, the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and the Jackson Auditorium in Texas, the Singletary Center for Performing Arts in Kentucky, the Nezahualcoyotl Hall of Mexico City, the Sala Cecília Meireles of Rio de Janeiro, the Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco of Buenos Aires, the great hall at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre of Tokyo, the Esplanade Hall of Singapore, the Old Museum Auditorium of Brisbane, the Town Hall of Wellington, the Acropolium of Cartagine.
Mr. Leotta has also played for orchestras as diverse as the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Moldova National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Nazionale Sinfonica della RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Orchrstra da Camara Fiorentina, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Richardson Symphony, the Symphony of the Americas, the U.N.T. Chamber Orchestra.
In 2000 Mr. Leotta was the only classical musician honored to take part in the gala concert entitled the ?World Jubilee Day of the Artists? in Rome, organized by the Vatican and seen on television by millions of people.
Christian Leotta has recorded for several radio and television of Europe and the Americas, recording a CD for the prestigious label Ermitage. In October 2003 the HDNet (High Definition Television Production Company in Dallas, Texas) produced a film on Christian Leotta comprising also the live recordings of Mozart's piano Concerto No. 12 K. 414 and Beethoven's piano Sonata No. 29 Op. 106 "Hammerklavier".
Mr. Leotta was born in Catania, Italy, where he began studying the piano at the age of 7. He completed his studies at the "Verdi" Conservatory of Milan with Mario Patuzzi in 1996, at the age of 17, and was conferred the "Diploma Summa cum Laude". In 1997 Mr. Leotta won the 48th "Viotti" International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy (dedicated to works by Beethoven and Brahms), winning also the prize conferred by the public. In '97, '98 and '99 he received a scholarship from Rosalyn Tureck studying with her at the "Tureck Bach Research Foundation" of Oxford, England. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. leotta studied at the "Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation" on Lake Como in Italy, where he continued in the advancement and perfection of his studies with Maestros Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Alicia De Larrocha, Moura Limpany, William Grant Naboré, Charles Rosen, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Fou Ts'ong, Rosalyin Tureck, Alexis Weissenberg, attending in 5 years over 60 Master Classes. Christian Leotta has also studied at the Literature and Philosophy Faculty of Milan's State University.