He has studied conducting with Piero Bellugi in Italy and Martyn Brabbins in Scotland.
Winner of several international prizes, he made his debut as a soloist at age of seventeen, performing the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) conducted by Pinchas Steinberg at the Musikverein Saal in Vienna and the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, televised by RAI-TV. Since then, he has been regularly invited to perform as a solo artist in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Vittorio Ceccanti is the president and solo cellist of the ContempoArtEnsemble, and as well the founder of the ContempoArteFestival both of which promote contemporary music.
He has played and conducted hundreds of world premieres and has close links with many of today’s foremost composers.
He has a number of recordings to his credit including the Beethoven’s 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 and Maxwell Davies’ complete works for cello and piano and the cello concerto for NAXOS.
He has recorded the Mendelssohn and Faure’s complete works for cello and piano with the pianist Bruno Canino in the cd attached to AMADEUS Music Magazine.
Vittorio Ceccanti has been a professor at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena since 2000 and at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto since 2009.
In 2005 he received the silver medal from the Italian Republic President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
He plays a cello built in Venice in 1720 by Carlo Tononi.
“Vittorio Ceccanti’s playing combines poetry and temperament at the same time. His rare qualities make him one of the great talent cellist of today’s music 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.