Quote from review: “Tommaso Cogato came through the Jofre Theater like a cyclone, playing the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto with verve, energy and musicality. He imposed his tempos to the orchestra, and he exhibited a complete mix of power and delicacy with passages, especially in the second movement, of touching subtlety. His mastery of dynamics, control of sound, and quality of the phrasing made him deserving of the best ovation.” (Cesar Wonenburger, La Voz de Galicia)
In December of 2005, Tommaso Cogato made his debut on the world’s stage by winning the “Ciudade de Ferrol” an International Piano competition held in Spain. He started his piano studies at the Vicenza Conservatory at the age of nine and completed with full honors and an honorable mention at the Monopoli Conservatory under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo.
Tommaso also integrated his musical skills by studying with Sergio Fiorentino, Fausto Zadra, Arnaldo Cohen, François-Joel Thiollier, Lazar Berman, Paolo Bordoni, and Konstantin Bogino. Additionally, he took international piano interpretation courses at Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, under the guidance of world-famous musicians and concert artists, such as Jacques Lagarde, Nelson Delle Vigne-Fabbri, Ian Hobson, Boaz Sharon, and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. In particular, he emerged on the occasion of the High Specialization Courses given by Joaquín Achúcarro, who bestowed on him a merit degree at Chigiana Academy in Siena. Given his interest in the study of the interpretative techniques of the Classical period and style, he attended Robert Levin’s course at Gargano International Festival, through which he studied Mozart’s and Beethoven’s piano works.
His great musicality, together with his unique technical and expressive skills, allowed Tommaso Cogato to stand out during national and international competitions. Before the success in Ferrol, he was awarded with first prize at the Igor Stravinsky National Music Competition in Bari (2001), first prize at “Pietro Argento” National Music Contest in Gioia del Colle (2002), and a special prize for the best Beethoven performance at “Camillo Togni” International Piano Contest (2002). In 2008, he also got the third prize at the prestigious “José Iturbi International Piano Competition” in Los Angeles.
The remarkable naturalness and the adaptability of his timbre gave him the ability to perform as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber pianist (collaborating recently with cellists Francesco Mastromatteo, Andres Diaz and Robert Cohen).
Together, Tomasso, and his brothers Alberto and Pablo Martos (cellist and violinist), formed the Trio Garnati. Recently, he has appeared at the Santa Fiora International Music Festival, “Amici della Musica” of Vicenza, “Giovanni Paisiello” Association in Lucera, and Chamber Players Academy in Bari, Siena and Arezzo University. In additon, he has performed at “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena, Juventudes Musicales (Sevilla, Spain), University of Sevilla, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Caruth Hall, and Pepsico Hall in Fort Worth. In July of 2009 he gave a remarkable rendition of the Brahms Piano Concert No.2 under the baton of Giuseppe La Malfa and the Balkan Symphony Orchestra for the Barletta Piano Festival.
After winning a conspicuous scholarship and receiving an Artist Certificate in Piano at Southern Methodist University, Tommaso graduated as a Masters student under the guidance of Joaquín Achúcarro.
Since January 2010 he is an assistant piano teacher at the Barenboim-Said Academy of Orchestral Studies in Sevilla.
Today he lives, teaches, and concertizes in Spain.