Biography (English)


Described as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet Magazine, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, Luca starts his career at the young age of twelve debuting at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appears on television nationwide live aged twenty-one. Praised by the International Clarinet Association for “the full range of his abilities”, he receives a Master’s Degree from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), is awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Luca has been introduced by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet” and his repertoire also embraces Catelnuovo-Tedesco, Brahms, Messiaen, Schumann, Cage along with rarely performed music by living composers and recordings of music by Luciano Berio, Igor Stravinsky and Francis Poulenc.

A D’Addario Artist and a former Clarinet Professor at the Leeds College of Music (UK), Luciano is one of the few specialists of classical, jazz and contemporary music at HE level and has held the only existing position of jazz-clarinet lecturer in the UK for several years and developed a portfolio that features the best universities/colleges of the UK and Brazil. His areas of research include extended techniques and new compositions for solo clarinet also presented during his master-classes and lecture-recitals (in the UK, Europe and South America) and regularly premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London, Cambridge University and overseas. Over the past decade, Luca has found himself increasingly in demand as a soloist and has pursued a career as a solo artist touring extensively Europe and South America, focusing primarily on his own music and performing at venues as diverse as: the South Bank Centre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Edinburgh Festival, King’s Hall, SESI International Series and the Centro Cultural in Sao Paulo, European Clarinet Festival, St David’s Cathedral Festival in Wales, Politeama Theatre in Naples, American Cathedral in Paris.
Aside from his renowned solo clarinet work, Luca has appeared on TV programs nationwide (RTE Ireland, SKY Brazil, RAI Television Italy), collaborated with orchestras also as a soloist (Italy, Republic of Ireland, Brazil) and with chamber music ensembles (also recording live for BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Festival Hall).

As a recording artist, Luciano’s solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continent gaining him appearances on the front page of music magazines. He has been interviewed by the press, on TV and on radio with broadcasts nationwide including the BBC Radio and whole radio programs in the US on contemporary music dedicated to his work. In particular, his last releases, featuring music part of his research, have been praised by some of the major publications on clarinet such as The Clarinet Journal (USA/worldwide), Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine (UK), Rohrblatt (Germany), De Klarinet (The Netherlands/Belgium).

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