Internationally considered one of the greatest pianists of his generation, Cristiano Burato graduated with honors and honorable mention at the Mantua Conservatory under the guidance of Rinaldo Rossi. He also graduated with honors from the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli. He also studied for a while with Aldo Ciccolini.
After countless statements in important piano competitions, including the “Viotti” of Vercelli, the “Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia”, the “Tomassoni” of Cologne, the “World Piano Competition” in London, the Leeds International Piano Competition, at the Concurso International of Jaen, established itself definitively on the international scene with the winning, in 1996, of the prestigious International Competition “Dino Ciani – Teatro alla Scala” of Milan, with unanimous verdict of the Jury chaired by Riccardo Muti.
His intense concert activity led him to perform in the most prestigious venues in Italy and abroad (“Teatro alla Scala” in Milan, Auditorium di S. Cecilia, Teatro Olimpico and Parco della Musica in Rome, “Sydney Opera House”, “Royal Festival Hall” and “Wigmore Hall” of London, “Konzerthaus” of Vienna, Tonhalle of Zurich, Auditorium of the United Nations of New York, Queen’s Hall of Edinburgh, etc.)
He has collaborated with prestigious orchestras (La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Philarmonia Orchestra of London, Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, etc.) and with important orchestra conductors, including Simon Rattle, Lü Jia, Marcello Viotti, Alun Francis, Mario Bellugi, Ravil Martinov, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Frank Shipway, Cristian Maendel.
His Chopinian interpretations have always aroused great appreciation: he has received awards and special mentions from International Juries (Sydney, Cologne and London) and has been invited to hold numerous concerts dedicated to the Polish composer (at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki in Poland , at the Paris City Hall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death, in London for the Chopin Society, etc.)
He gave a lecture on the interpretation of Chopin in San Diego for the “California Association of Professional Music Teachers”, as well as several Master Classes in Italy and abroad.
He has recorded for RAI, the BBC in London, Radio France, the ABC of Australia, the NDR in Hanover, as well as for several record companies.
Lecturer at the Bolzano Conservatory, he is also a member of the Artistic Committee of the “Busoni” Competition.
For artistic merits he was awarded the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic.