Born in Italy, Vittorio Forte is considered one of the leading pianists of the new italian school. (from an interview written by J.C. Hoffelé for Concertclassic.com)
He began studying piano at the age of nine. After taking a somewhat unconventional route, he met José Lepore, an Argentinian teacher and a student of Carlo Zecchi.
In just a few years, he won several prizes at piano competitions in Italy and Spain, allows him to make his début with orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 « Jeunehomme ».
In 1998, Vittorio Forte leaves Italy to settle on the French shores of Lake Geneva.
At the Lausanne Conservatory (Haute École de Musique), he continued his studies with Christian Favre, who has a major impact on his musical development, and takes part in master classes conducted by Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Marc Luisada and François-René Duchâble.
Having caught the eye of William Grant Naboré, he was selected as one of the most talented contemporary pianists at the Lake Como International Piano Academy. There he receives guidance from such masters as Andreas Staier, Menahem Pressler and Fou Ts'ong.
In 2007, at the Vlado Perlemuter Grand Prix in France, he is awarded two prizes, including the Chopin Prize for best interpretation of the Polish composer's works.
Seeking to discover new pianistic horizons, Vittorio Forte decides to devote his first compact disc, released under the Lyrinx label, to the Italian composer Muzio Clementi (Lyrinx 2009).
Following the success of his first CD, Vittorio Forte continues his concerts in Europe and make his debuts in the United States, where he plays in New York at the atmospheric Bargemusic and for the Yamaha Artists Service. He records a new album devoted to Robert Schumann (Lyrinx 2011).
After that, he records an outstanding program about Couperin and Chopin affinities (Lyrinx 2014). This recording is nominated at the ICMA 2014 (International Classical music Awards) and obtained excellent reviews in France, Germany, Benelux. He is invited for radio broadcasting programs in Italy, France and Switzerland.
His CD, « Voyage Mélodique » (Lyrinx 2016), devoted to piano transcriptions of melodic works previously written for voice, has been awarded in Belgium, France, Switzerland, for its originality and the eclectic choices of works.
Recently, Vittorio Forte recorded for AEVEA an album with the complete Chopin waltzes (OPUS d’OR, 5 DIAPASONS), and for ODRADEK records an astonishing project of C.P.E. Bach keyboard works (JOKER Crescendo, 5 Stars CLASSICA, 5 DIAPASONS) which is nominated for ICMA 2020.
The new album of Vittorio Forte "Earl Wild: [Re] Visions" (ODRADEK 2021) is devoted to the transcriptions of the great american pianist. This latest recording was nominated for "German Critics Award" as well as "Opus Klassik 2022 Award".
The upcoming recording project of Vittorio Forte will be devoted to the Russian composer Nikolay MEDTNER (Release March 2023).
In addition to his concert activities, Vittorio Forte gives master classes for professional and advanced students and he is the artistic director of « Piano Intime » concerts season in Montpellier (France).