He concluded his studies with a brilliant final diploma at the “Francesco Morlacchi” conservatoire of Perugia and later as a recitalist with the L.R.S.M. diploma (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music – London). Further studies were undertaken with M° Orazio Frugoni at the masterclass courses in Florence (“Perfezionamento Pianistico Internazionale di Firenze”) during the years 1986 – 88 where he perfected his technique and dedicated his studies primarily to the Classical and Romantic masters.
During the period 1978 – 2010 Danilo Manto performed both as soloist and in chamber ensembles in a variety of concerts in Italy, Europe and South America, with a repertoire in both solo and ensemble performances ranging from J. S. Bach to the 20th century though maintaining a special interest in Italian composers such as Muzio Clementi, Domenico Scarlatti , Domenico Cimarosa and other italian keyboard composers.
Produced and published by “ Musikstrasse”For the publisher IWM he has recorded and produced three CDs:Trio Mantic Ensemble with the saxophonist Mirko Fait and percussionist Max Patrick‘Trio Pacific Art in Concert’ with the violinist Stefania Yermoshenko and the cellist Annamaria Cristian “I colori del Tempo” original compositions for piano by Danilo Manto.
In addition Danilo Manto has published (with Neopoiesis/Carish) a collection of original didactic compositions “Gli Animali Felici” (“The Happy Animals”) and more recently (with CURCI) an anthology of piano works with CD, selected, edited and performed by him and entitled “Grandi Compositori Per Pianisti Principianti”.
In Rome he subsequently worked with the “Rome Ballet” (CID, Centro Internazionale di Danza) collaborating with the teachers Denis Carey (Sadler’s Wells Ballet) and Sue Carlton Jones (Royal Ballet of London). He also composed incidental music for the theatre: in 1995: “L’Uomo che Guarda” (‘The man who looks’) with the actor – Cesare Belsito at the Teatro Alcantara, Rome and “Di Là…concerto con equivoci” (‘Elsewhere – a concert with misunderstandings’) with Augusta Gori and Marco Zannoni directed by Laura Fischietto in Milan and Padova 2001/2002 .
Right from his earliest years Danilo Manto has always taught the piano. In over 30 years of teaching experience he has evolved a special and innovative way of teaching, blending the rigour of the Italian system with the flexibility of the British one. This has produced a method that is concise, efficient, rapid and extremely progressive in its application to each student. The result has been an extraordinary rate of progress in his students, who in very little time, are able to achieve outstanding results.
Danilo Manto currently lives in Milan where he teaches piano at the ‘Sir James Henderson British School’ and also privately. He is the founder and director of the ‘Monguelfo Summer Course’ (“Corso Pianistico Estivo di perfezionamento”) held in Monguelfo (Bolzano – Italy) and of the ‘Piano Masterclass Course’ (‘Corso di Perfezionamento Pianistico’) in Cherasco (Cuneo – Italy).
As a composer he has collaborated with ” Filmoteca Regionale Siciliana ” Since 2006 he has been the Development Coordinator for the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London) and in this role has given seminars and conferences to schools, teachers and pupils in many parts of Italy.
In 2016 he was invited to Hong Kong to give masterclasses on ABRSM diplomas and as an adjudicator and judge chairman at the prestigious international music competition “Hong Kong Youth Music Festival Barclampory.”