Pianist is rewarded for slowing down

Pianist is rewarded for slowing down


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2023

The 2023 Franco Buitoni Award, worth £25,000, has been granted to the Italian pianist Filippo Gorini for his Sonata for 7 Cities project.

Gorini, 27, has decided to get off the fly-by-night lifestyle of the international pianist and base himself for a year in seven cities on different continents for a month at a time. He says: ‘I want to focus on each city for a full month and offer as much as I can to the local community in that time, with the aim of leaving a deeper impression than would be possible with a single performance.’


  • I beg your pardon says:

    Sounds like an arty farty way of saying ‘I just got paid to go on holiday for seven months – woohoo!’

  • drummerman says:

    What are the cities?

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    Bravo, Filippo, sei un grande.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    A whole month!

  • Wimmo says:

    Good for him. Never heard of this pianist.

  • Stephen Lawrence says:

    Sounds great. I think he will build a better relationship with the local audiences. And also reduce his carbon footprint!