"Velluti’s… absolute command of the instrument and… impeccable tecnique…" (Momento Sera)
"After having asserted himself with a brilliant career as an accompanist, performing in the most important theaters in the world alongside Andrea Bocelli, Gianfranco Cecchele, Kristian Johansson, Daniela Barcellona, Carlo Lepore, Giacomo Prestia, Gianluca Terranova, Giovanni Velluti has forged with great succes the solo career" (La Stampa, August 2002).
The Italian pianist Giovanni Velluti has forged a distinguished international career as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. He has enjoyed a particularly important close association with Katia Ricciarelli, whom he has partnered since 1993 in many tours and television broadcasts throughout Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East , and in many television broadcastings.
Other leading singers with whom he has worked regularly are Andrea Bocelli, Daniela Dessì, Paolo Bordogna, Roberta Canzian, Gianfranco Cecchele, Carlo Lepore, Manuela Custer, Daniela Pini, Kristian Johansson, Daniela Barcellona, Giacomo Prestia, Rossana Rinaldi, Antonio Salvadori, Stefania Bonfadelli, Gianluca Terranova and Manuel Zapata.
He started studying piano with Aldo Mantia, pupil of Wladimir Von Pachmann. Velluti was decisively influenced by his encounter with the teacher Rodolpho Caporali, a direct pianistic descendant of Chopin and Thalberg. He is also assistant of W.Grant Naborè, founder of Como Lake Piano Academy.
Velluti has performed in the most important Italian concert halls and abroad in more than 30 foreign countries (including Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Argentina of Rome, Teatro Comunale of Ferrara, Turin RAI Auditorium, Rome Parco della musica, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, London’s Steinway Hall, Conway Hall and St. Martin in the fields), and in many international festivals including the Varna Summer Festival, Festival di Pasqua of Locarno, Ochrid festival, Festival Magna Grecia of Taranto, Temporada de musica de Andorra, and Alto Adige Musicastello Festival.
His concerts were often broadcasted by the major Italian (RAI and Mediaset) and foreign tv channels and he took part in many radio programs (Rai3, Euroradio concerti al Palazzo del Quirinale, Radio Vaticana).
A CD recorded on an perfectly restored 1890 Erard piano is being sold on iTunes as "The piano of the golden age". A CD recorded with bass Carlo Lepore and critical notes by Philip Gossett was also recently released.
Giovanni teaches piano accompaniment and lyrical repertoire in Rome Santa Cecilia Conservatory.
The numerous opera recitals held all over the world together with the tenor Alessandro Fantini has transformed, over the years, into a real artistic partnership that resulted in the founding of RomeOperaConcerts.