The Italian cellist, Luigi Piovano, started studying music at the age of 5 with his father Antonio Piovano, pianist and composer. Luigi continued his studies and improved his technical abilities and musical knowledge with the Rumanian master Radu Aldulescu, one of the greatest European cellists of the 20th century, and at the age of 17 took his diploma with first-class honours. Thanks to a scholarship he won at the “International Menuhin Music Academy” of Gstaad, he performed all around the world with the Camerata Lysy as a soloist too under the conductorship of the same Yehudi Menuhin. He then took a diploma in cello and chamber music at the European Conservatoire of Music in Paris. Prize-winner of several international competitions (Trapani, Illzach).
In 1999 Luigi Piovano took part in the Festival Menuhin performing with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Michel Dalberto and Collins and at the Salzburg Festival as a part of the “Pollini Project” with which he performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York in 2001, in Tokyo in 2002 and at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome in 2003. Since his debut there in 2000, he has been regularly invited as guest, to the Newport Music Festival in the USA and to the Sun Festival in Cortona. He is a member of the Trio Stradivari, of the Quartetto Michelangelo and of the Barouque group Concerto Italiano (Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini) with which he has performed in the major Italian concert seasons as well as on tours.
Luigi Piovano has done several chamber music concerts with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Alexander Lonquich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Michel Dalberto, Katia & Marielle Labèque. He plays in duo with the pianist Luisa Prayer. He his the First Soloist Cello of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and since 2007 he has been the First Soloist Cello guest of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with which he has performed the Do major Haydn Cello Concerto under the conductorship of Myung-Whun Chung and the Dvoràk Cello Concerto under the conductorship of Mikhail Pletnev; next February he will be again with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Johannes Brahms Double Concerto for cello and violin with Myung-Whun Chung as conductor.
Since 2002 Luigi Piovano has been the Artistic Director and the conductor of the Campania Chamber Orchestra. As conductor he has co-operated with soloists like François-Joël Thiollier, Michele Campanella, Laura De Fusco, Sara Mingardo, Gemma Bertagnolli, Francesco Manara while as soloist he has performed giving the conductorship of the Orchestra to great conductor like Myung-Whun Chung and Antonio Pappano. Since 2008 he is the Artistic Director of the Estate Musicale Frentana in Lanciano.
Luigi Piovano has recorded for EMI, Nuova Era, Opus 111, Eloquentia. With Trio Stradivari he has recorded all W.A. Mozart’s works for strings’ trio for CPO label; this recording has been reviewed as a five stars production and month’s record on Fono Forum magazine (2008). Moreover he released for Eloquentia the two Camille Saint-Saëns’ cello concertos and the 6 J.S. Bach Suites. With the pianist Luisa Prayer he has recorded two J. Brahms' Sonatas for Vermeer and all C. Saint-Saëns’ works for cello and piano for Eloquentia. With Campania Chamber Orchestra he has recorded the Paisiello Concertos for piano and orchestra (solist Francesco Nicolosi) for Naxos and he will record with them in May the Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons (solist Grazia Raimondi, ed.Artemide).
Luigi Piovano plays a Alessandro Gagliano dated 1710.