Giovanni Andrea Zanon first picked up a violin at the age of two in a bid to emulate his older sister. He was prize winner in more than 30 national and international competitions, including the International Competition for Young Violinists K. Lipinski and H. Wieniawski in Lublin, the Premio Nazionale delle Arti in which he gained the title of Best Violinist of all Italian Conservatories and the VII International Novosibirsk Violin Competition where he also won all special jury prizes.
During his career to date, Giovanni has performed in prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Graz’s Musikverein, Prague’s Smetana Hall, Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsoper, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Muscat’s Royal Opera House, Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica and the Arena di Verona.
He recently represented Italy by playing at the closing Ceremony of the 2022 Olympics Games in Beijing.
He has worked with esteemed conductors including Fabio Luisi, Theodore Guschlbauer, Andrea Battistoni, Donato Renzetti, Omer Meir Wellber and Jader Bignamini.
He has also collaborated in chamber music’s projects with such artists as Anna Netrebko, Pinchas Zukerman, Mario Brunello and Pablo Ferrandez.
Upon the advice of conductor Zubin Mehta, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music at the age of 16 with a Master’s Degree from the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program, where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec.
Giovanni plays a marvelous violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Cremona, 1730.