“A pianist rare in his generation, in him shining above all in the art of singing on the keyboard with an inventiveness of phrasing that demonstrates his exquisite musical intelligence”: Costantino Catena was defined in these words in the magazine Amadeus.
He has performed in Europe, Australia, U.S.A., Russia and Japan at the invitation of important musical and cultural associations and institutes, including the Philharmonia “D. D. Šostakovič” of St Petersburg, the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University of Washington, Amici del Teatro Regio of Torino, Amici della Musica of Trapani, the Gasteig of Munich, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Teatro dell’Arte della Triennale of Milano, the Società dei Concerti of Milano, the Ravello International Festival, the Filarmonica De Stat Transilvania of Cluj-Napoca, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Kusatsu International Festival, the Ohrid Summer Festival.
Costantino Catena has an intense recording activity, mainly with the Japanese label Camerata Tokyo. He has recorded for Phoenix Classics, Nuova Era International, Da Vinci Classics and Aulicus Classics labels too: his recordings were often broadcasted in Italy and abroad (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, NHK Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai, RSI Radio della Svizzera Italiana, MR Magyar Rádió) and received excellent reviews from leading magazines and important music critics.
After graduating from the "G. Martucci" Salerno State Conservatoire with top marks and cum laude under the guidance of Luigi D'Ascoli, Costantino Catena continued and completed his piano studies with Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Mezzena and Boris Bechterev. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini, Michele Campanella and Joaquin Achucarro have also been important landmarks in his musical education. Costantino Catena teaches piano at Salerno State Conservatoire and he is official Yamaha Artist.