Born in 1972, Vittorio Ceccanti began playing the cello aged five and studied with Mischa Maisky, David Geringas and Natalia Gutman, graduating with honours as a pupil of Natalia Gutman at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart.
He also attended classes with Yo Yo Ma, Anner Bijlsma and Valentjn Berlinsky.
He has studied conducting with Piero Bellugi and Martyn Brabbins.
Winner of several international prizes, he made his debut as a soloist aged seventeen, performing the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) conducted by Pinchas Steinberg at the Musikverein Saal in Vienna.His performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples,was televised by RAI-TV.
Since then, he has been invited to perform regularly as a solo artist in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Vittorio Ceccanti is the President of the ContempoArtEnsemble, and founder of the ContempoArteFestival both of which promote contemporary music.
He has played and conducted innumerable world premieres and has close links with many of today’s foremost composers (Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho, Jonathan Harvey, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Azio Corghi and Steve Reich).
He has made a number of recordings including the Beethoven cello sonatas for EMI Classics, Chopin’s complete works for cello and piano and the Trio op.8 as part of the monography Chopin Edition for BRILLIANT Classics, plus the complete works for cello and piano and the cello concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies for NAXOS.
He has also recorded both Mendelssohn and Faure’s complete works for cello and piano with the pianist Bruno Canino on the cd attached to AMADEUS Music Magazine.
Professor at the Castelfranco Veneto Conservatory and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, he has held master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Cincinnati University.
Vittorio is the founder and artistic director of the Livorno Music Festival.
He plays a cello made in Venice in 1720 by Carlo Tononi.
In 2005 he received the silver medal from the Italian Republic President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
“Vittorio Ceccanti’s playing combines poetry and temperament at the same time. His rare qualities make him one of the major talents of today’s musical world” – Natalia Gutman.
“He played for me in September 1992. I was deeply moved by his great talent” – Sir Georg Solti.
“From the first time I met Vittorio Ceccanti I was impressed by his maturity and his intelligence. He is a very exceptional musician, both technically and intellectually. He is gifted with remarkable instrumental skill and deep musical insight” – Luciano Berio.