“Davide is the most brilliant and talented flutist I ever listened to. I believe sooner or later he will become an absolute international superstar.“
Davide Formisano was born in Milan in 1974. He graduated with the highest marks plus distinction under the guide of M° C. Tabarelli, Jean-Claude Gérard at Stuttgart Musikhochschule and Aurele Nicolet in Basel.
At just seventeen, he took part in the "Jean Pierre Rampal Concourse" in Paris, gaining the "Prix Special du Jury". During the next few years he won a prize at Kobe International Flute Competition, 1st prize at the Budapest Flute Competition and 2nd prize (1st not assigned) at the outstanding ARD Concourse in Munich.
As the first italian flutist to receive such honours in 1995 he obtained the solo flute role at the Hamburg Philharmonisches Staatsorchester, getting the same position in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra one year later. Since 1997 he is principal flute in the "Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala" and in the same Philharmonic Orchestra. His position there allowed him to work with the major conductors: Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Savallisch, Valery Gergev, Myung wun Chung, Georges Prêtre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniele Gatti and Riccardo Chailly.
Davide Formisano combined his role as orchestral flutist with a brilliant and growing career as chamberist and soloist in Europe, Russia, South America and Asia. As a soloist he performed with such Orchestras as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Solisten der Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunkorchester Basel, Tonhalle Ensemble Zurich, Luzern Festival String Orchestra, Praha Chamber Orchestra, S. Petersburg Philharmonic, Real Filarmonia de Galicia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Tokyo Ensemble, Simon Bolivar Orchestra and with conductors as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Hans Vonk, Kurt Sanderling. Chamber music partners are Riccardo Muti, James Galway, Daniel Barenboim, Philipp Moll, Radovan Vlatkovic. He was invited to play in the following festivals: Luzern Festival, Festival der Nationen, Rheingau Musikfestival, Rossini Opera Festival, Nuits musicales d‘été de Nice, Serate musicali, Società de quartetto, Amici della musica Palermo/Firenze and Milano, Festival Giordano, Ravenna Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, International Fuji Festival, the Yamanami Music Festival.
Since 2007 he is a professor for flute at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
Davide Formisano performs with a Muramatsu 18k All Gold flute.