Free Lunchtime Concert – Luca Luciano and Marc Kowalczyk
Luciano – Sequenza No 1
Luciano – Sequenza No 2 in A minor
Kowalczyk – ‘Air de décembre’ World Premiere
Berio – Lied
Vivaldi arr Luciano – “She Likes Vivaldi?”, from Four Seasons
Puccini arr Luciano – Prelude to Act III from Tosca
Luciano – Rondo’ Contemporaneo
Luca Luciano Clarinet/Composer
Marc Kowalczyk Composer
“Masterful Clarinet! 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, 2008)
Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, he started his career at the young age of twelve performing at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appearing on television nationwide live aged twenty-one. Praised by the International Clarinet Association for “the full range of his abilities”, Luca graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), has been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he “has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”, Luca’s repertoire also embraces Weber, Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Berio.
Luca’s research focuses on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new compositions for solo clarinet also presented during his master-classes and educational events (in the UK, Europe and South America) and premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London and the Cathedral of Bristol. Luca is very much active as a solo artist, touring extensively the UK and overseas and in the past few years he has been focusing primarily on his own music performing at venues as diverse as: the South Bank Centre, the Edinburgh Festival, Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge, St James Piccadilly, the King’s Hall in Newcastle, 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 (recording for RTE national TV broadcast of Ireland, live nationwide at RAI2 in Italy as guest soloist and arranger) 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, Luca’s four solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents with interviews (for the press and on radio) and broadcasts nationwide including the BBC Radio and whole radio programs in the US on contemporary music dedicated to his work. In particular, his latest clarinet solo album ‘Partenope’, that includes music part of his research, has been praised by some of the major publications on clarinet such as The Clarinet Journal (USA/worldwide), Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine (UK), De Klarinet (The Netherlands).
Composer Marc Kowalczyk was born in Clamart near Paris (France) in 1973. He studied piano, harmony, musical analysis, composition with Roger Tessier and musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris. Marc has written 6 books and numerous articles on twentieth century music, he gives regular lectures and seminars and has co-organised with prestigious French institutions several events on contemporary music. In 1992 he founded the Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Music (APMC) with the support of SACEM, the world-wide distributor of the works of over 70 living French composers. He was artist in residence at Thouars (Deux Sevres department) in 1995 where, thanks to concerts, conferences, exhibitions and debates, the aesthetics of his music became known. He composed the opera “Délit d’innocence” that toured France and has written over 55 pieces of contemporary music from solo to orchestral including vocal feature regularly in the programmes in France and overseas. The majority of his work is available on compact disc (12 CDs are currently available). He writes emotive sounds having behind them a whole history (literary, emotional or visual) using complex theoretical even sometimes scientific forms, adapted to the desired psychological character.