Paolo Beltramini, Solo Clarinet of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), is the only Italian clarinetist to have won the First Prize at the prestigious Prague Spring International Clarinet Competition (1996). In duo, together with the pianist Roberto Arosio, he was the winner of the International Chamber Music Competitions in Paris (1996) and Trapani (1997). The forementioned awards brought Beltramini to the attention of audiences and critics and helped establish his reputation as one of the most interesting wind-instrument virtuosos on the international concert circuit.
At the age of 18, Paolo received his degreewith highest marks from the Conservatorio G. Verdi (Milan, Italy). He continued his studies with T. Friedli and W. Boeykens at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento (Saluzzo, Italy), as well as G. Garbarino at the Accademia Chigiana (Siena, Italy), where he obtained the Diploma d'Onore and the Siae Scholarship.
A refined interpreter of the clarinet repertoire, he was a guest performer and teacher at some of the most prestigious concert institutions and halls of Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa and South America. As soloist, he appeared with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Camerata St. Petersburg, Kurpfazisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Slovenian Radio and Television Orchestra, Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra G. Cantelli, Osnabrucker Symphonieorchester, Virtuosi di Aquilea and Piccola Sinfonica di Milano in numerous performances of the Concertos by Mozart, Nielsen, Weber, Rossini, Mercadante, Ponchielli, Francesconi, Anzaghi etc. Furthermore, he collaborated with M. Argerich, A. Lonquich, A. Lucchesini, E. Dindo, M. Bourge, G. Carmignola, B. Giuranna, Quintetto Bibiena, Quartetto di Fiesole, Stamitz Quartet, Quartetto Prometeo.
As Principal Clarinetist he played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI (Turin, Italy), Orchestra di Santa Cecilia (Rome, Italy), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra da Camera italiana etc., under the batton of conductors such as B. Haitink, G. Pretre, N. Jaervi, V.Askenazy, G. Sinopoli, M. Wung Chung, M. Janssons,D.Harding, A. Lombard, W. Delman, E. Inbal, D. Gatti, etc.
Paolo Beltramini is regularly invited to be a part of national and international competition juries and has taught at International Master Classes in Italy, USA, Japan, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Portugal. His discography includes recordings for Chandos, Ricordi, EMI, Fonit Cetra, Stradivarius, Rainbow, AS Disc, RS and radio and television recordings and broadcasts for RAI, RSI (Switzerland), and Radio France.
Paolo holds the post of Professor of Clarinet at the Luzern Hochschule fur Musik.