Free Lunchtime Clarinet Recital – Luca Luciano
Luca Luciano – Sequenza #1
Berio – Lied
Luca Luciano – Fragment #5 world premiere
Vivaldi (arr. Luciano) – ‘She likes Vivaldi’ on a theme from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Gershwin – Summertime
Luca Luciano – Fragment #4
Puccini/Luca Luciano – Prelude to Act III of Tosca
Luca Luciano – Rondo’ Contemporaneo
“Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” (Musician Magazine).
Internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, he started his career at the age of twelve, performing at one of the most established concert halls of his home town of Naples.
Introduced as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), was awarded the status of Fellow by the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponents of jazz clarinet”, Luca’s repertoire also embraces Weber, Schumann, Brahms, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Berio, also including recordings of music by Stravinsky and Poulenc.
Luciano’s areas of research include extended techniques and new compositions for solo clarinet. He has also presented these during his master-classes and lecture-recitals (in the UK, Europe and South America) and premiered at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and at the Cathedral of Bristol.
Over the last ten years, Luca has found himself increasingly in demand as a soloist and has pursued a career as a solo artist touring extensively the UK and overseas and focusing primarily on his own music performing at venues as diverse as the South Bank Centre, the Edinburgh Festival, Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge, St James Piccadilly, the King’s Hall, Glasgow University, University of Sao Paulo Brazil, the “Politeama Theatre” in Naples and many more. Aside from his renowned solo clarinet work, Luca has appeared on TV nationwide (RAI Television Italy, RTE Ireland, SESC TV Brazil), collaborated with orchestras (Italy, Republic of Ireland) 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, 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 theUS on contemporary music dedicated to his work. In particular, his latest clarinet solo album “Partenope”, featuring music part of his research, has been praised by some of the major publications on clarinet such as The Clarinet Journal (USA/worldwide), Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine (UK), Rohrblatt (Germany), and De Klarinet (The Netherlands/Belgium).
This lunchtime concert is FREE and no ticket is required. Lunchtime concerts last approximately 45 minutes and latecomers will be admitted to the church when there is a suitable break in the programme. A collection is taken at the end of the concert which goes towards the work of St Martin’s.
Sometimes it is necessary to alter programmes and substitute artists at short notice. If you are intending to hear a particular piece or performer, we recommend that you telephone the Box Office (020 7766 1100) on the day of the concert in order to confirm performance details.