Donna Amato, 1978 Young Artists Auditions winner, was born in Pittsburgh, where she received her early musical training with Lorraine Landefeld. Ms. Amato made her orchestral début at age fourteen, studied with the American virtuoso Ozan Marsh, and received several honors and awards. In 1983, after graduating from college she immediately traveled to Europe to immerse herself in the European piano tradition, studying with Louis Kentner in London and Gaby Casadessus in Paris; She was awarded a scholarship to Guido Agosti's master class series in Siena, Italy, which resulted in being awarded the series highest honor, the discretionary Diploma d'Onore. Her studies in Mexico with Angelica Morales von Sauer resulted in several return concert engagements there. Her concert and recording career flourished over the following ten years, with appearances in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States, and Radio broadcasts on the BBC as well as the inaugural live broadcast on Classic FM .
An artist with a busy recording schedule, her currently available recordings include the two concertos of American Romantic composer Edward MacDowell with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the sonatas of Dutilleux and Balakirev, the recital disc "A Piano Portrait," late piano music of Skryabin, piano works by Sorabji, music by Edgeworth resident 19th century composers Ethelbert and Arthur Nevin, and a CD of music by British composers. Her recording of the complete piano sonatas of MacDowell will be released this year. Future plans include a recording of the Piano Symphony No. 5 of Sorabji.
Several leading contemporary composers have written works especially for Ms. Amato, which she has performed, broadcast and recorded. She recently performed Nancy Galbraith's Second Piano Concerto with the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble, and recorded the work for CD release during 2002. In the fall of 2001 she gave eight performances of the Jazz Concerto by Dana Suesse with Pittsburgh's River City Brass Band, under the direction of Dennis Colwell.
Donna Amato currently teaches piano at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of faculty at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities.