Praised by Italian daily newspaper «La Repubblica» for his “stylistically flawless and mimetic
piano technique”, Roberto Cominati won the first prize at the “Alfredo Casella” International
Competition in Naples in 1991. In 1993 he came to the attention of critics and of the most renowned
International concert halls when he won first prize at the “Ferruccio Busoni” Competition in
Bolzano. In 1999 he was prized with the “Jacques Stehman” Audience Award by Belgian TV and
French TV channel TV5, within the “Reine Elisabeth” Competition in Brussels.
In Italy he has been invited by some of the most prestigious musical institutions, like the Teatro alla
Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,
Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa
Cecilia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Festival
Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. He has also performed at
the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin,
at Salzburg’s Festival, at the Gasteig in Munich, at the Monnaie in Brussels, at the Teatro Colón in
Buenos Aires, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, and in many other halls in England, Belgium,
Holland, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Finland, Japan, and Australia.
The conductors he has worked with include Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Andrej Borejko, Leon
Fleisher, Daniel Harding, Yuri Ahronovitch, David Robertson, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexander Lazarev,
Andrea Battistoni, Michele Mariotti, Juraj Val?uha, Sascha Goetzel, and Eliahu Inbal.
He has made recordings under Emi, «Suonare News», Acousence, and he has recorded the complete
piano works of Ravel for «Amadeus».
The present season has Cominati performing at the Bratislava Festival, in Turin with the Orchestra
Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai conducted by Val?uha, in Palermo with the Orchestra del Teatro
Massimo, at La Scala – where he has interpreted a selection of works by Chopin for the ballet
La Dame aux camélias – and then again in Milan with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, in
New York with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam within
the prestigious Meesterpianisten series, and in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale led
He is presently recording the complete piano works by Claude Debussy, for the centenary of his
death that will be celebrated in 2018.