“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)
Considered by the critics as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation, Tommaso Cogato debuted in Spain with the Fourth Concerto by Beethoven, winning in several international competitions, including the “Ciudad de Ferrol” and “Jose Iturbi Plan Competition “in Los Angeles, as well as winner of the National Music Competition “Pietro Argento” in Gioia del Colle and International Piano Competition “Camillo Togni” in Italy.
Tommaso Cogato played as part of the International Festival Santa Fiora (Grosseto), the Association Giovanni Paisiello in Lucera and the Academy Cameristi of Bari, University of Siena and Arezzo, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas Library, Teatro Jofre (El Ferrol, Spain), Sala Joaquín Turina (Seville, Spain), Auditorium Ciudad de León (León, Spain), Orozco Piano Festival (Córdoba), Úbeda Music Festival (Spain), Sala Conde Duque (Madrid), Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville, Spain), Festival Noches de los Jardines de Alcazar (Seville, Spain), Sala de la Real Maestranza de Caballería (Seville, Spain), Festival Sic Itur ad Astra (Rome, Italy), Schoenberg Hall (Los Angeles) and Morton Meyerson Music Center (Dallas). Worthy of particular note was the performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 for the Barletta Piano Festival.
Among the internationally renowned artists he has played, we remember cellists Robert Cohen and Andres Diaz.
Born in Vicenza, Tommaso Cogato soon began to study the piano and completed his studies and graduated with honors, and honorable mention at the Conservatory “Nino Rota” in Monopoli under the guidance of Maestro Benedetto Lupo.
Later he obtained the Artist Certificate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he obtained also a Masters in Music Performance under the direction of Joaquín Achúcarro who considers him “a first-class pianist, high musical consciousness, a huge talent. One of my best students.” He studied also with Sergio Fiorentino, Fausto Zadra, Arnaldo Cohen, François-Joel Thiollier, Lazar Berman, Paolo Bordoni, Konstantin Bogino and Einar Steen -Nökleberg. Notably on bright participation in highly specialized courses taught by Joaquín Achúcarro, who grants the Diploma of Honor at the Chigiana Academy of Siena. Interested in the technical and stylistic performing classical period, attending to course Robert Levin International Festival of Gargano, in studying the works of Mozart and Beethoven.
Pianist with a broad repertoire, Tommaso Cogato has to his credit an important chamber music and teaching activities; he taught at the Academy of Orchestral Studies of Barenboim-Said Foundation and actually is the director of the academy Andalucía Música in Seville. He holds master classes at major international institutions and is often invited into the prestigious international piano competition juries (Ferrol, Ceuta, Clavi-Cologne among others). Since 2012 he is vice president of Juventudes Musicales de Sevilla.