FREE Lunchtime Concert: Luca Luciano (clarinet)
Luciano – Sequenza #2 in A minor
Messiaen – ‘L’abime des oiseaux’, from the Quartet for the end of time
Luciano – Fantasia for Demi-Clarinets (World Premiere)
Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
Luciano –Fragment #5
Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, Luca Luciano started his career at the age of twelve performing at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples, and appeared on live television nationwide aged twenty-one. Introduced as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luca receives a master’s degree from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), is awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, has “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. He was described by BBC Radio 3 as “one of Europe’s leading exponents of jazz clarinet”, his repertoire also embraces Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Schumann, Brahms, including recordings of music by Stravinsky, Berio and Poulenc.
A former clarinet professor at the Leeds College of Music, Luca’s 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 he has regularly premiered at St Martin in the Fields, Cambridge University and abroad. Over the past decade, Luca has found himself increasingly in demand as a solo artist touring extensively the UK and overseas and performing at venues as diverse as: the South Bank Centre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Edinburgh Festival, St James Piccadilly, the King’s Hall, Glasgow University, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, European Clarinet Festival in Belgium, Politeama Theatre Naples, American Cathedral in Paris.
Luca has appeared on TV programs nationwide (SKY Brazil, RAI Television Italy, RTE Ireland), has collaborated with orchestras also as a soloist (Italy, Brazil, Republic of Ireland) and with chamber music ensembles (also recording live for BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Festival Hall). As a recording artist, his solo albums keep receiving much critical acclaim in three continents.