“rewarding.…there was raptness in his playing” - MATTHEW RYE - The Sunday Times
“bursts of glassy brilliance” - BARRY MILLINGTON - The Times
“searching virtuosity…compelling” - PAUL DRIVER - The Sunday Times
“ full and expressive…improvisatory brilliance…post-Debussian colours” - ANNETTE MOREAU - The Independent
Lorenzo Marasso is an impassioned and sympathetic concert pianist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher. Dubbed the “king of repertoire” his creative and intrepid programming spans centuries and continents, often revealing lesser known masterpieces and rarely performed arrangements. Lorenzo Marasso’s performances have been broadcast in numerous media outlets, including Seattle’s Classical King FM. Equally inspired by contemporary music, Lorenzo has performed world premieres of new works by Nimrod Borenstein, Anne LeBaron, and the European premiere of Keith Jarrett's Sonata for Violin and Piano. Lorenzo’s on-going collaboration with Los Angeles-based composer, Anne LeBaron, whose pieces for “speaking pianist” offer a new way of interaction between performance and acting, led him to commission the writing of a new piece, as part of her projected series The Well-Read Clavier, using fictional texts by Italian novelist Beppe Fenoglio, which have been premiered at the Alba Music Festival in June 2018.
Lorenzo released his fourth album with independent record label Bauhaus Records in 2019. Titled Abenteuer, the album captures enchanting performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Alban Berg, Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt. In 2018, Lorenzo Marasso released a solo piano arrangement of Joseph Haydn’s full orchestral work The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross and accompany the CD are commissioned artistic sketches by Italian artist and architect Massimo Scolari interpreting the piece. Lorenzo’s other recordings include Works for Two Pianos by Bach and Mozart, with pianist Shuo Zhai, and Inventions and Sinfonias by JS Bach.
In 2008, Lorenzo founded String Orchestra Project, a music group devoted to performing the chamber orchestral repertoire with no boundaries of styles or combination of players. Under Lorenzo’s baton and artistic directorship, the group has presented a regular season of concerts each year that feature repertoire spanning from Bach and Mozart to Hindemith and Steve Reich. In 2015, SOP was invited to accompany the winners of the Derek Jones Piano Competition in a gala concert at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Born in Torino, Italy, Lorenzo started playing the piano at the age of five. His main teachers have been Ilonka Deckers and Domenico Canina, under whose tutelage he graduated from the Conservatorio di Milano in 1994. He further studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Frank Wibaut, where he also performed and collaborated regularly with the instrumental faculty. At the RAM, he also studied conducting with Colin Metters and Denise Ham. Lorenzo currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he enjoys teaching in his own piano studio as well as entertain collaborations with the Music Faculty at the University of Washington and Seattle University.