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Gianluca Cascioli (Piano, Conductor)

Born: July 17, 1979 - Turin, Italy

The Italian pianist, conductor, and composer, Gianluca Cascioli, studied composition and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. He studied piano with Professor Franco Scala at the Imola Academy. In 1994, Cascioli won the Umberto Micheli International Piano Competition, whose jury included Luciano Berio, Elliot Carter, Charles Rosen, and Maurizio Pollini. The prize included a record contract with Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he recorded three CD’s in his late teens.

Gianluca Cascioli has appeared in the major music centres of Europe, North America, and Japan. He has performed as a piano soloist with such prestigious ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), Wiener Philharmoniker, and numerous other orchestras worldwide. Conductors he has collaborated with include Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, and many others. His chamber-music partners have included Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Stefano Mollo, the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, and many others.

Gianluca Cascioli is also an avid conductor and composer. He has conducted the Deutsche Kammerorchester Frankfurt. As a pianist and conductor he also toured South America with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and Spain with the Kammerorchester Berlin. In April 2001 he gave the premiere of his Sonata for Violin and Piano, together with violinist Stefano Mollo. In 2003 he conducted the world première of his Sinfonia in 4 movimenti; the concert was recorded and broadcasted by RAI radio 3. The world premiere of his Sonatina (2004) per pianoforte took place at the Hamburg Musikfest in September, 2004 and had its UK premiere at Wigmore Hall in March, 2005 and was broadcasted by BBC Radio. In 2007 he toured Italy and Germany performing his latest piano piece In Memorian Igor Stravinsky. Among his other compositions of his to be performed are Variations for Piano, premiered in Japan, and a Symphony premiered in Italy.

Highlights of Gianluca Cascioli’s recent engagements include concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, orchestral tours of Germany, Austria, Spain and some of the East European Countries with the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, appearances with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, Philharmonia Orchestra London, RTE National Symphony of Ireland, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta of Cadaqués at the Festival de Música de Canarias (with Neville Marriner) as well as with the leading Italian orchestras and recitals in Italy, Spain and Germany.

Upcoming engagements include L.v. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Myung-Whun Chung and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov at the Settembre Musica Festival in Turin.

Gianluca Cascioli has recorded three solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon featuring works by Bach-Busoni, L.v. Beethoven, Debussy, de Falla, Franz Liszt, Prokofiev, Scarlatti, Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Ligeti and Pierre Boulez. Among his other recordings are Robert Schumann’s Phantasie for piano and orchestra (first version of the A minor Piano Concerto Op. 54) with the Sinfonieorchester Basel under Mario Venzago for Hänssler, and three recitals for the Decca label: the 4 Scherzi by Frédéric Chopin, Debussy’s Préludes, Children's Corner and other works, and (released in April 2009) L.v. Beethoven’s Moonlight and Tempest Sonatas as well as the Eroica Variations.

“Cascioli shows himself as an interpreter who has no technical boundaries and, at the same time, combines intelligence, sovereignty and humour…” - Martina Wohltat, WOH, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (June 14, 2006)
“Cascioli is a genius, and genius makes its own rules; there is never a dull moment when he's around…” - Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe (April 30, 2004)
“Gianluca Cascioli… can’t help doing things with effortless brilliance” - Adrian Jack, The Independent (May 14, 2003)

Source: Wikipedia Website (September 2010); Eurassic Website (May 2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2010)

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