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OnClassical featured Artists: Gianluca Luisi

Luisi's performance reveals a technique characterised by a remarkable independence and control of the fingers, completely free from rhetoric, very appealing and which take the audience immediately to the heart of the music (The Sunday Times, 2001).

Gianluca Luisi was already fascinated by the piano when he was 3 years old. His parents, understanding his outstanding talent, gave him the possibility to study and he began to have piano lessions at the age of 6. His first teacher was Maestro E.Verona a pupil of Henrich Nehause in Moscow. Than he studied at the "G.Rossini" Conservatory in Pesaro with Maestro Franco Scala where he obtained his diploma, passing with top marks and honours. He continued his studies at the Piano Academy in Imola (Incontri col Maestro) where he studied under the direction of M° Giovanni Valentini, M° Boris Petrushansky, M° Piero Rattalino and M° Riccardo Risaliti. He has played at various master-classes held by internationally known musicians such as Lazar Berman, Jorge Demus, Alexander Lonquich, Paul Badura Skoda, J.Achucarro, Antonio Ballista, A.Jasinski, Rosalyn Tureck, etc. Then he completed his studies with M°Sergio Perticaroli at Rome.

Gianluca Luisi

Gianluca Luisi has taken part in various National and International Piano Competitions. He won the national Piano competition Cittŕ dell’Aquila and the Mozart prize (Italy) in 1996; the Genzano Competition in Roma (Italy) first prize; the Cesenatico Competition 1° prize (Italy), the Jeunesse musicales Competition (Italy) 1° prize (1998); the TIM Torneo Internazionale di Musica (International MusicTournament, IMT) Roma 1° prize (1999); the second prize in Cosenza Piano Competition Premio Rendano (Italy), second prize in the Bellini International Competition in Caltanissetta, and third prize in Sulmona International Competition (Italy 2000). Luisi then won the second prize at the “Casella” International Competition in Naples and in March 2001 he won the first prize in the “J.S.Bach Piano International Competition” in Saarbrucken-Germany (54 pianists from 26 countries took part).

The critic in the newspaper spoke about a new Bach interprete: […] He produces a music completely free, what else do you want? (Saarlandische Zeitung […])

Gianluca Luisi

Gianluca Luisi gave many concerts in important Concert Halls and Associations as the Bach Accademy Stuttgart (Germany), the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (Hamburg-Germany), for the Serate Musicali of Milano (Italy), Verdi Theater (Trieste, Italy), Verona Philarmonic Accademy (Italy), Tiroler Festspiele (Austria), Konzert Hall-Chuden Hall (Nagoja-Japan), The Rossini Festival (Pesaro) Italy, The New Auditorium of Milan, Bellini Theater of Catania (Italy) with the Orchestra of San Carlo (Napoli), for/in the Mendelssohn House (Leipzig, Germany), for the Yamaha Europa (Nordestedt), for the Piano Festival in Krumlov (Czecha), in the Bach Castle (Kňthen-Germany), in the Meistersaal (Berlin, Germany), in Wien for Bňsendorfer Piano (Stadtsalon in Musikverein) Austria, for the Bach Festival Leipzig (Germany), with the Symphonic Orchestra in Sicilien, in the Bachtage in Potsdam (Berlin, Germany), in Lůbeck, Bayreuth, Muenchen, Wolfsburg, Kiel (Germany), for the Friends of music in Siracusa, Vittoria, Trapani (Italy), for the Music Festival Saar 2005 (Saarralbe, French ), in Luxemburg, in Malta, for the Forderkreise fůr Musik in Weiden in the Max Reger Hall (November 2005) etc.
Mr. Luisi has a very wide and interesting repertoire and he recently played by heart in 2 concerts the complete cycle of the Well Tempered Clavier of J.S.Bach at the Conservatory of Bologna (Sala Bossi).

Gianluca Luisi

He has produced 3 CDs (two available at OnClassical) and this year he recorded 6 new CD’s (4 CD’s with the complete edition of the Well Tempered Clavier of J.S.Bach) soon here available. Next year he will record the Onslow Sexttet with the “Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt” for the Dabringhaus und Grimm Label. Recently the Great Pianist Aldo Ciccolini wrote: Gianluca Luisi is one of the most interesting Italian pianist at moment.

For Gianluca Luisi career was a surprise, a discovery. He has not been induced to start his concert activity by the wish of a personal achievement, but by the feeling he has established with his audience, which is renewing at every concert. His fans adore him not only because he is such a exceptional and gifted pianist, but also because he is a very nice person with whom you feel immediately at home.

Gianluca has a big, big respect for the beauty of the art, he wants to play music the way the composers intended their pieces to be, he just involves his heart, his creativity and talent – and that makes his playing so incredible beautiful.

Gianluca Luisi is also a teacher at the Recanati Piano Accademy of the Marche, he is married with Stefania and he has a lovely daughter (Rebecca).


Luisi-Remarkable sound and technique.

Il piccolo di Trieste, 9-6-99


Luisi: a commendable performance in every way.

L'Arena di Verona, 30-08-99


Gianluca Luisi: this name you have to notice.

Saarbrucken Zeitung, 22-03-2001


Brilliant Italian pianist at MCI inaugural concert.

The Sunday Times-Malta 7-10-2001


... a perfect balance of virtuoso performance and deeply felt musicality.

09-05-2005 (Saarbruecken Zeitung)


…an evening with a worldclass pianist.

Nordbayrischer Kurier-Bayreuth 14-11-2005


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