Olaf John Laneri was born in Catania, an Italian father and Swedish mother. After finishing his musical studies in Verona and at the Imola Academy of Music, in 1998 he won the prestigious competition F. Busoni of Bolzano (2nd prize with special distinction, the first prize not being awarded), and in 2001 he won the 2nd prize at the World Music Piano Master of Monte-Carlo. About his interpretation of Brahms Variations on a Paganini Theme, the only performance of an Italian pianist inserted in the CD published for the 50th Anniversary of the competition, A. Cohen writes on International Piano: “the best live performance I have never heard.
He has given concerts at the ABMichelangeli Festival in Brescia and Bergamo, at the Tiroler Festspiele in Austria, for Swiss Radio in Lugano, at the Ruhr Festival, at the Herkulessaal and at the Gasteig in Munich, for the Deutsche Rundfunk, at the Salle Gaveau and for Radio France in Paris, at the Salle Molière in Lyon, at the Chopin Festival in Poland, at the Opéra Garnier in Monte-Carlo.
He received the invitation to play for inauguration of the Library of Bologna, and Berlin for the finishing of the exhibitions of drawings (for the first time together) of Botticelli after the Comedy of Dante.
His repertoire includes all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, which he played in a cycle of eight concerts in Bologna, Modena, Udine and Montferrat.
For the performance of Brahms’ Second Concerto with the Berliner Symphoniker on tour in Italy, he received the invitation to start with the same concerto at the Berlin Philharmonic.
He teaches piano at the Conservatory of Adria.