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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 starts his career at the young age of twelve performing at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appears on television nationwide live aged 21. Introduced as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet Magazine, Luca graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy) and has been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK). Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”, Luca “has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet” according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain and enjoys a busy career as a performer, a recording artist and a clinician.

A D’Addario/Rico Artist, Luciano held the only existing position of jazz-clarinet professor in the UK (Leeds College of Music) for many years and has presented master-classes and workshops in the UK, Europe and South America. He is mainly active as soloist/composer, touring extensively the UK and overseas performing at venues as diverse as: Edinburgh International Festival, London Jazz Festival recording live for BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Festival Hall, Cambridge University, St Martin in the Fields in London, South Bank Centre, the King’s Hall, Politeama Theatre and Augusteo Theatre in Naples, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and 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), has 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, Luciano’s solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents with interviews (for the press, on radio and on TV) 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 & Saxophone Magazine (UK), De Klarinet (The Netherlands), Rohrblatt (Germany).