Mauro Iurato was born in 1977 in Turin, Italy.
He began to learn piano at the age of 4 and the practice of the violin at the age of 9 with Professor Elena Guizzardi. In 1997 he graduated, one year beforehand and with full marks, from the Turin Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi”. In the same year he received a scholarship from the Music Association “De Sono” and through this contribution he could study with famous teachers such as F. Gulli, C. Romano and S. Accardo. In June 1998 he was admitted into the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, where he perfected with Professor Michael Frischenschlager until May 2003.
Mauro Iurato has won several National and International Competitions and has an intense solo concert activity in Austria, Italy as well as in all Europe, Japan, Canada and USA. In 1998 he started playing in duo with the Italian pianist Giuseppe Mariotti, then in 2003 they founded the UniDuo. With this formation he has been performing outstanding concert throughout Japan, as well as in Italy and Austria, and he has got good reviews from critics as well as audiences.
Since 1999 he is Concertmaster of the Ensemble Salieri Wien. With this orchestra in 2000 he recorded two Oratorios for the label “Fonè”.
In 2002, together with the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Turin Music Society “La Nuova Arca", he founded the WTV (Wien-Turin Virtuosi) International Chamber Orchestra.
From 2003 to 2009 he was Guest Professor of Violin at the Faculty of Music of the Tokushima Bunri University, Japan.
He regularly gives Master-classes in Italy as well as in Japan and, as Prof. Frischenschlager’s Assistant, he also teaches at the “Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg”.
Since 2006 he is First Concertmaster of the Ensemble Kobe.
Since 2007, he has been playing as a Guest Concertmaster of the “Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra”. With this orchestra he has performed over 120 concerts, as well as several live broadcasts for national radio and TV programs.
He is also performing as a Guest Concertmaster with some other renowned Japanese orchestras such as the “Tokyo Symphony Orchestra” or the “Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa”. Mauro Iurato plays his own Gioffredo Cappa “Colla Della Chiesa” dated 1690 and a G. Lucchi bow especially created for him.
Giuseppe Mariotti is a very versatile artist, who in recent years also has proven himself as a specialist in the works of particularly demanding and difficult composers. In this role, he recorded a CD series of the complete piano works of Ferruccio Busoni for the Italian label fonè, receiving high praise from several international music reviewers.
His concerts and recordings have received enthusiastic reviews from respected music critics such as Harold Schonberg, Wilhelm Sinkowicz, Piero Rattalino, Piero Buscaroli and many others.
Giuseppe Mariotti’s concert career as both soloist and chamber musician brings him regularly throughout Europe and also to the United States, Russia, and Israel. His performances have been broadcast on numerous radio and television stations, including RAI, ORF, Russian State Television, NHK and many others.
Mariotti’s broad repertoire ranges from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach to those of contemporary composers. Mariotti, a Bösendorfer artist, has a special affection for the Viennese classics, which he performs also on original instruments from his own collection. He has a special fondness for the Italian piano literature, especially twentieth century works and the music of Ferruccio Busoni.
After studying piano, organ and composition at the Piacenza Conservatory in Italy, he continued his education in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the renowned Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst. At the Hochschule from 1982 to 1989, Giuseppe Mariotti studied piano performance under Hans Graf and chamber music under Georg Ebert, graduating in both classes.
In his position as Music Director of Vienna’s Minoritenkirche from 1998 to 2003, he has been an indirect successor of Antonio Salieri, in whose name he founded the “Ensemble Salieri Wien”, which is devoted to performing the Italian chamber orchestra repertoire.
He regularly serves as a juror at international competitions. Since 2003 he is professor of piano at the Tokushima Bunri University (Japan); in April 2007 he became also Dean of the Music Faculty. He is Guest Professor at the Kobe College of Music, and, since 2009, teacher of the Wiener Musikseminar. He lives between Kobe and Vienna.