Andrea Bonatta was born in Bolzano. Major influences in his musical development were his studies with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, Nikita Magaloff in Geneva, Stefan Askenase in Bonn and Wilhelm Kempff in Positano. He has given concerts all around the world, with recent appearances including recitals in Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Prague, Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Hanoi and Saigon. He has recorded on CD Brahms’s complete works for piano, as well as several other CDs dedicated to Liszt and Schubert, getting top critical reviews: Choc/Le Monde de la Musique; ffff/Télèrama, best CD of the year/ Neue Musikzeitung. His book on Brahms’s piano works is considered a milestone in this field and has already been translated into German.
He is often invited as a member of the jury at the most important international competitions, such as the Busoni (Bolzano), Liszt (Weimar-Utrecht), Viotti (Vercelli), Schubert (Dortmund), Casagrande (Terni), Scriabin (Moscow), Beethoven (Bonn), Géza Anda (Zurich) and Rubinstein (Tel Aviv). Andrea Bonatta has for several years been the Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the International F. Busoni Piano Competition, has created the F. Busoni International Piano Festival and has been Vice President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions of Geneva. He is now the Artistic Adviser of the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht, an Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, Guest Professor at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as founder and Director of the Piano Academy-Eppan (South Tirolo, Italy).
He very much likes chamber music and has played as a duo with pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Valentin Gheorghiu and violinists like Domenico Nordio and Sergei Krylov. He has given masterclasses in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Prague, Utrecht, Melbourne, Montepulciano, Seoul, Fort Worth, Hannover, Cologne, Moscow, Vienna and other cities. Besides his career as a soloist, he has recently started a very successful activity as a conductor of concertos from the piano, as well as of major symphonic works (1st and 2nd Brahms Symphonies) with orchestras such as the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, KBS Symphony Orchestra (Seoul) and the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra.