Gianfranco Bortolato was born 1964 in Venice,Italy where he received his first oboe lessons from Bruno Baldan when he was eleven years old gaining Diploma with honours from “B.Marcello Conservatoire in Venice
Since 1986 he has been studying with Pietro Borgonovo at the “Scuola di Musica “di Fiesole(Florence) and then at Musk-Akademie der Stadt Basel where he was awarded the Konzerdiplom
In addition, renowned teachers like Maurice Bourgue and Hans Elhorst have contributed to his artistic development.
He has given several soloist performances(Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo,I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano,Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese)and has made recordings for Ares,Frequenz,Erato,Nuova Era,Ricordi,Tactus,Rivoalto
In 2001 he was invited as a member of the jury to the International Competition Gillet/Fox in the USA. In the same occasion he presented “Parigi o cara”during the IDRS
During 2002 he participated at the 1°Festival de Musica y Musicologia in Ensenada(Mexico)obtain a great success.
In May 1995 he became a prize-winner in the Concorso nazionale Vittorio Pitzianti”for oboe held in Venice.He performed ,as an Italian premiere, the “Trittico”for Oboe,Oboe d’amore,English horn and strings of A.Dorati.He presented the “Trittico”at the IDRS at Banff(Canada)as well.In 2003 he presented,as a world premiere,at the IDRS at Greensboro(USA)his new CD”Ardon gli incense”which contains fantasies by Rossini,Bellini,Donizetti operas.
His performance of the A.Dorati’s Trittico in the USA has been the subject of a thesis at the Indiana University
He played with the Avant-garde Quintet, one of the finalists in the 46th International ARD Competition in Munich
As a soloist he has played in Mexico(Festival Cervantino,Festival de Sinaloa,Orquesta Filarmonica de Queretaro,Sinfonica de Aguascalientes,Puebla,Villahermosa etc),Guatemala,(Orquesta Sinfonica de Guatemala)Colombia,Venezuela (Teatro Teresa Carreno),Perù,Australia(Murray River Festival),Uzbekistan(National Symphony Orchestra),Cuba(Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional)Africa(Etiopia,Kenya,Zambia)
Gianfranco Bortolato has been the principal oboe of the Young Italian Philharmony Orchestra He also played at the the Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo.(1990-1995)From 1995 to 1998 he played first oboe with I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano.
He has also collaborated as solo oboe with several other orchestras, including the Orchestra at the Teatro La Scala ,Teatro Comunale di Genova,Orchestra Regionale Toscana the Teatro Regio in Turin Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductors he has worked with include Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov,Eliahu Inbal,Gianluigi Gelmetti, Eduardo Mata and Adam Fischer.
In addition, together with his pianist he has recorded works by Verdi,Saint Saens,Poulenc,Milhaud,Ponchielli,Beethoven, Schumann, for several national and international radio stations.
He is currently Solo-Oboe of the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.