Giovanni Andrea Zanon was born on February 16 1998 in Castelfranco Veneto, northeast Italy.
During his career, Giovanni has won more than thirty national and international music competitions (the first, the Riviera Etrusca in Piombino, Tuscany, aged four), has performed more than one hundred concerts as a solo violinist in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Austria, Canada and the United States. He debuted (at age thirteen) with Venice’s La Fenice Theater Orchestra as a solo violinist, and with Verona’s Philharmonic Theater Orchestra in the concert Note d’augurio 2013 and in the gala Lo spettacolo sta per iniziare.
He has received recognition and special mentions from a range of institutions, including one, aged six, from the then President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. More recently, he received a special mention and an award from the Queen Sofía Higher School of Music, Madrid and from the General of the United States Embassy in Canada.
In 2002, aged four, he was awarded top marks and honors for his entrance examination to Padova’s Cesare Pollini Conservatory. Giovanni is the youngest violinist in Italian history to attend one of the country’s State Conservatories.
He graduated from Venice’s Benedetto Marcello Conservatory on 16 October 2013 with top marks; the Conservatory also awarded him honors and an honorable mention, the first time this has happened in more than forty years.
He recently graduated from the “International Competition for Young Violinists K. Lipinski and H. Wieniawski” in Lublin, Poland; he is the only Italian to reach the final round in the competition’s history. In October 2012, he was the outright winner at the Premio Nazionale delle Arti, organized by Italy’s Ministry of University and Scientific Research, earning himself the title of “Best Violinist from an Italian Conservatory”.
On 15 January 2013, he was the outright winner (no second prize was awarded) at the “2013 New York International Artists Violin Competition”. This victory enabled him to debut, on 24 February 2013, at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the hallowed venue of international classical music for the last 120 years.
His most recent award came on 20 May 2013 with an outright first prize at The “VII International Novosibirsk Violin Competition”, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and held at the M.I. Glinka State Conservatoire. In a unanimous decision, the jury awarded him all of the competition’s special awards, including for the best interpretation of a work by a Russian composer.
On 18 June 2013, Veneto’s Regional Government awarded Giovanni the golden lion for artistic achievement abroad.
On the advice of Maestro Zubin Mehta moved to the United States to study with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School in New York where he was only admitted to the "Master of Art" in violin, over 3,000 international competitors and only case of admission to a university post course at the age of 16 years.