Albert Lotto, as a young man was cited by music critic, Robert Sherman of the New York Times, as a pianist of “spectacular virtuosity” and by Irving Heller of the Montreal Gazette as one who has the gift to communicate the romance and poetry of the music of Brahms, Schumann and Chopin with an “ability which is rare, even phenomenal for one of his years”. Since the inception of a career which now spans 42 years, and which begins in 1965 when he won First Prize at the Montreal International Piano Competition at 19 years old, he has focused on making the piano “sing”; he uses the piano as an orchestra or as an ensemble under his hands, and creates music with a beauty of sound and colorful excitement. In Denmark recitals by Albert Lotto are hailed be the press as “memorable events, which should be looked forward to with every return to Europe” and in Japan, The Japan Times comments, “he holds together large scale symphonic works with the hands of a master”. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Julliard School while a student of Sashay Gorodnitzki, and at the same time and with the support of the school enjoyed lessons with Vladimir Horowitz. While at the Juilliard he completed his Doctorate which is published as a study edition of the Experimental Music for Piano of Charles Ives. As a child he studied with pianist, Artur Balsam who was hailed by music critic Harold Schoenberg of the New York Times as “The King of American Accompanists”. The relationship with Artur Balsam continued throughout his life. He carries forward the tradition of great chamber music playing passed on down to him by Balsam. He has performed with violinist and violist Joseph and Lillian Fuchs, cellist, Barbara Stein Mallow and Carol Stein Amado in the Chamber Arts Trio, with Thomas Prevost, principle Flute of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Sumiko Hama of the National Orchestra of France, Kazuki Sawa, head of the violin Department at the Tokyo College of Fine Arts, Maurice Eisenberg, assistant to Pablo Casals at the Eisenberg Festival in Cascais, Portugal, Markus Weidmann of the Berlin Philharmonic, as a member of the Tenri Chamber Ensemble. Albert Lotto’s musical relationship with the Fuchs family has continued consistently since 1960 when he first performed at Kneisel Hall in Maine. Dr.Lotto travels to Japan, Taiwan, Israel, and China and to Europe where he plays solo recitals, concertos and chamber music, and appearing regularly at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City as a founding member of the Tenri Chamber Ensemble.
Born in Japan, Miyoko Nakaya Lotto began her music studies at the age of 5 at the Toho School of Music. Having studied in Chicago with Saul Dorfman, and in Tokyo with Aiko Iguchi, Ms. Lotto won Third Prize at the age of 17 in the prestigious Mainichi-NHK Music Competition of Japan.
Ms. Lotto completed her B.M., M.S and Post-Graduate Degrees at The Juilliard School. After just 3 years, she was chosen by her mentor, Sascha Gorodnitzki, to become his assistant. She went on to teach at the same institution for 18 years as assistant to Sascha Gorodnitzki.
Ms. Lotto was a Finalist in the Kosciuszko Chopin, the Concert Artist Guild, the Young Concert Artist, and the Italian F. Busoni International Piano Competitions; she won Second Place in the Juilliard Orchestra Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Sterling Staff Competition. She has performed throughout the U.S, and made her New York City debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1970.
She has given master classes in Japan, the U.S., Israel, China, Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain, and has served as juror for the Gina Bachauer, the Hilton Head, and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions. During the summers Ms. Lotto is on the faculty of Euro Arts Festival in Germany, the International Academy of Music in Italy; and the Cliburn Summer Institute, the Summit Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Program in the US.
Miyoko Lotto has been on the faculty at NYU, and currently teaches at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program. Her students have been prizewinners at the prestigious Leeds, Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, Hamamatsu, and the International Chopin piano competitions.
Ms. Lotto worked as music consultant and editor with pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim in creating the documentary “Barenboim on Beethoven”, which was the Gran Prix winner in the 2008 Cannes Music Festival. Ms. Lotto also was the moderator for a documentary film, “Mahler: The New York Years”, interviewing Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Mahler specialist, Henry de La Grange.
Miyoko Lotto is Vice-President and Director of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Foundation, and is currently writing a book on Sascha Gorodnitzki