Biography

Critics from around the world (Postdate Nachrichten , Fanfare, New York at Carnegie Hall Concert reviews , Musica, consider Gianluca Luisi one of the most interesting Italian pianists of our time. His performances have received enthusiastic acclaim in many areas of the world.

In Italy, he graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Pesaro; studied at the Incontri col Maestro International Academy in Imola and with Aldo Ciccolini in Naples and Paris.

A winner of numerous competitions ( TIM International Competition Bellini of Caltanissetta , Rendano Prize , Competition of Cesenatico, Italian Music Youth Auditions, International Competition of Sulmona. Gianluca d received the first prize of the 4th International J.S. Bach competition in Saarbrucken - Würzburg, in March of 2001. He was selected among 54 pianists from 26 different countries while the critics heralded him as a new interpreter of J.S. Bach. On that occasion the Saarbrucken Zeitung declared: "The Italian won the first prize here. Well deserved […] because the young man is a great interpreter of Bach […] He produces music absolutely free . What more do you want?”

Gianluca Luisi has performed in prestigious halls and important venues, such as the Musikverein in Vienna , Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Festival of the rarity of the piano music of Husum ( Germany), the concert hall Toyota (Japan), the " Musical Evenings "(serate musicali) in Milan, the Fondazione del Teatro Lirico di Trieste, the Accademia Filarmonica di Verona, the" Tiroler Festspiele (Austria), the Konzert Hall and Chuden Hall in Nagoya ( Japan), the Rossini Festival (Pesaro ), the New Auditorium of Milan, the Buam Hall in Seoul (Korea).

He also performed at the famous Teather Bellini in Catania, at the San Carlo in Naples ,to the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, (Hamburg ), in the Mozart Saal at the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, in the castle of Bach in Köthen, Boesendorfer Hall in Vienna,for the Music Festival of the Saarland, in Weiden and Sulzbach for Meisterkonzerte, in Bauman Auditorium in Newberg (USA) and many other U.S. cities (Washington, New York, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Lower Columbia College in Washington, as well as other places in Europe (Czechoslovakia, Malta, Porto ,Oslo, Helsink, Berlin, Neuhardenberg, Frankfurt.

He has worked with orchestras and as a chamber collaborator with the following ensembles: International Deutsch Chamber Orchestra (Frankfurt), Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), Frankfurt Ensemble by Hessichen Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Chantilly (Berlin),Winds of Parma, Orchestra of the San Carlo (Naples), Marche Philharmonic Orchestra(FORM), Symphony Orchestra Rossini, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Kasugay Symphony Orchestra (Japan), as well as others.

Among the extensive selections of his repertoire stands are the complete Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, a work he has performed countless times from memory, receiving enthusiastic acclaim from international critics (i.e., during the Bach Week in Potsdam, Berlin, Germany) and one he recorded for the American label Centaur. Fanfare and American Record Guide described his recording as an absolute reference with the historic atmosphere of Edwin Fischer; the magazine "Piano News" (Düsseldorf) rated Gianluca's recording 6 out of 6 stars for the quality of his interpretation.

Gianluca has made 26 recordings, some of which are devoted to unusual repertoire, including unpublished works and world premieres. He has taken part in the complete recording project of the Gradus ad Parnassum by Clementi and has issued a CD dedicated to Liszt with the Years of Pilgrimage, Italy (also for Centaur). Two additional CD that have received accolades from the critics, include the quintet of G. Onslow and the two piano concertos of Chopin with the Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt for Dabringhaus und Grimm (MDG). On Naxos International Gianluca recorded 1 CD with music by F. Liszt , two CD's with chamber compositions of L.Thuille (including the complete works for violin and piano with violinist Marco Rogliano),two CD’s with the complete set of the 100 J.B.Cramer complete Etudes, for Naxos Grand Piano Label.

For ONCLASSICAL and Aevea Label recorded the 6 Partitas by J.S Bach ( 2 CD 's), a CD devoted to the sonatas of Mozart and one virtuosic paraphraph. Also, for Danacord, Gianluca recorded a CD, live, at Husum Festival which has been reviewed by Gramophone Magazine (UK ) as the best album of the month of November 2013 . There are also many live and studio radio recordings broadcast by Munich Radio, a popular radio station in Cleveland, Portland,BBC, Radio New Zealand, Rai Radio Tre and Deutschland Radio Kultur (Berlin). With pianist Konstantin Sherbakov, Gianluca has performed the complete 9 Beethoven Symphonies in the transcription of F. Liszt in Berlin- Neuhardenberg.

Gianluca's repertoire encompasses a large part of the literature for the piano and includes composers as diverse as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Ciaikowsky, and Prokofiev and contemporary composers Petrassi, Barber, Britten and unknown or little known composers as Thuille and Onslow .

He was invited to the jury at the prestigious Tschaikowsky competition for young pianists where the famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang was also the winner. Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the historical "Pianist Cup" competition (member of the Alink Argerich Foundation, AAF), of the "Osimo Piano Hours" festival and in 2015 he was awarded the honorary citizenship of the city. He is a member of the Shenzhen Artstar Cultural Community Co. LTD and International Piano Museum Organizing Center of Shenzhen (China). He teached at the Academy of Imola Incontri col Maestro in the multi-year course for young pianists, at the Music Academy of Pescara, the Piano Academy of the Marche of Recanati high-level courses, the Engadine Sommer Academy of Samedan in San Moritz , at the Umberto Giordano Conservatory of Foggia and is actually Professor at the Giacchino Rossini Conservatorio in Pesaro. He has held postgraduate courses in some important American universities (Portland George Fox, Nevada Las Vegas, New York Westminster Conservatory, Lower Columbia College Washington, Denver State University Colorado), in the Hochschule of the Saarland, in Japan (Nagoya course Yamaha faculty) and China at the Shanghai Music Conservatory .

“Gianluca Luisi: A Star on the Rise – In a better world, Gianluca Luisi would be feted as the natural successor to Maurizio Pollini…”Lynn René Bayley FANFARE

“Luisi’s piano playing was astonishing in presentation. He is a very strong and imaginative artist, an excellent pianist who deserves world recognition.”NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW

“The playing of pianist Gianluca Luisi is technically and musically superb”.EXPEDITION AUDIO Reviews

“…an evening with a world-class pianist!” NORDBAYRISCHER KURIER BAYREUTH

Gianluca Luisi revels in the lush outpouring of J.Marx: rarely can a fugue have sounded less academic and more freely expressive as it builds towards its effulgend end” GRAMOPHONE reviews (UK), best CD of November 2013.

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