Polo Piatti is an award-winning British-Argentine composer and concert pianist, and one of very few high-profile international musicians concentrating exclusively on the creation, performance, and promotion of melodic, harmonious, universally appealing classical music. He is considered a leading neo-romantic composer. Piatti believes very strongly that tuneful music is able to generate deep positive emotions, and in doing so, contribute greatly to a better world today.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Polo Piatti was a child prodigy. He started piano lessons at the age of 4 and became a successful concert pianist in his youth. At the exceptionally young age of 12, he was admitted to one of South America’s most prestigious music academies, the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música in Buenos Aires, studying under Carlos Guastavino, Angel Lasala, Iglesias Villoud among many others, and graduating later with distinction as Profesor Nacional de Música. Leaving Argentina to pursue an international career, he continued his studies in Paris and Berlin, moving later to London to work as a composer, concert pianist and conductor.
In 2012 Piatti founded and directed the first-ever International Composers Festival in Hastings, Great Britain, with the aim of bringing together composers and musicians from all over the world to showcase new classical melodic music that has universal appeal. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Hastings Sinfonia, now Hastings’ longest established permanent orchestra. In 2017 Piatti founded the Opus Theatre, an iconic 700 seat venue in central Hastings with the mission of bringing world-class performers to audiences at an affordable price.
Polo Piatti's music is constantly touring the world. From Paris to Tokyo, from Mumbai to Buenos Aires, his compositions are performed in concert halls and the media all over the globe. Last year saw two of his major works being premiered to resounding success: his Old World Concerto for violoncello & orchestra, with cellist Tim Posner together with the International Festival Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, and his multi-faith oratorio Libera Nos for two orchestras, two choirs and soloists, with the renowned London Mozart Players and the Hastings Sinfonia under the baton of Derek Carden. His most recent recordings include his Entangled miniatures for piano quartet, performed by the outstanding Phacelia Ensemble, and his Christmas Concerto for guitar & orchestra, recorded by virtuoso guitarist Sergio Puccini with the world-renowned Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Péter Ellenyi.
In 2023 two of his major works have been recorded by the National Symphony Orchestra: his Bohemian Concerto for piano & orchestra, with US Steinway artist Thomas Pandolfi on piano, and his Old World Concerto for cello & orchestra, with Irish virtuoso Justin Pearson on cello. At present Piatti is working on three substantial works: a privately commissioned Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, his full scale opera Mata Hari as well as on Ismanien, his first ballet.
Polo Piatti is a member of the Royal Society Of Musicians Of Great Britain as well as a Professional Member and Mentor at The Ivors Academy and Help Musicians, the British Music Collection, the British Music Society and is featured in the International Who's Who in Classical Music.
'Witnessing the world-premiere of Piatti's Bohemian Piano Concerto was the most exciting musical experience of my life.'
Mary Grant, Virginia Beach, USA
'Undeniably one of the best melody creator in today's classical music landscape.'
George Halloway, San Diego, California, USA
© 2023 by Polo Piatti