Italian native Roberto Plano performed all over the world appearing with prestigious orchestras (Kremerata Baltica, Houston Symphony, Berliner Philarmoniker Camerata, Festival Strings Luzern…) under the direction of renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman, Miguel Harth-Bedoya; as a recitalist he played at Lincoln Center, Sala Verdi, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall and at the internationally acclaimed Newport Festival, Portland Piano Festival, Ravinia Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, to name a few. An avid chamber musician as well, Mr. Plano played with some of the most prestigious string quartets in the world such as the Takacs, Cremona, St. Petersburg, Fine Arts, Jupiter, Muir.
First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn, Mr. Plano won the American Prize in the solo professional division this year. His engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” and on TV shows for PBS, France’s Mezzo and Japan’s NHK. He has recorded for Decca, Brilliant, Azica, Arktos, Sipario, DaVinci, Concerto, being awarded the maximum 5-star rating by several music magazines. Amadeus magazine featured twice Roberto’s photograph on the magazine’s cover.
Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. During his career he has been awarded several prizes, including the Lumen Claro, previously assigned to influential Italian people like soprano Barbara Frittoli, stylist Ottavio Missoni and economist Mario Monti.
A member of the faculty at Boston University since 2016, Mr. Plano joined Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2018.