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Luca Luciano "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" (The Musician). 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 appeared on television nationwide live aged twenty-one. Introduced as "the new voice of the clarinet" on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), having been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & 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 exponent of jazz clarinet", Luca's repertoire also embraces Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Messiaen, Schumann, Brahms, including recordings of music by Stravinsky and Poulenc (more on www.lucaluciano.com).
Former clarinet professor at the Leeds College of Music (UK), Luciano'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 regularly premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London and abroad. 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, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Edinburgh Festival, Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge, St James Piccadilly, the King's Hall, Glasgow University, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, the Politeama Theatre in Naples.
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).