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“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

The career of Italian pianist Gianluca Cascioli was launched with his victory at the 1994 Umberto Micheli International Piano Competition before a jury that included Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Maurizio Pollini, and Charles Rosen. He has since appeared in the major music centres of Europe, North America, and Japan.

Mr. Cascioli has performed with such prestigious ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the La Scala Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philarmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Metha, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov, and Mstislav Rostropovich, among others.

Highlights of Mr 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 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, RTE National Symphony of Ireland, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the 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 Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the 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.

Mr. Cascioli is also an avid conductor and composer. 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 Mr. Cascioli 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”.

Mr. Cascioli has recorded three solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon featuring works by Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Debussy, de Falla, Liszt, Prokofiev, Scarlatti, Webern, Schoenberg, Ligeti and Boulez.
Among his other recordings are Schumann’s “Phantasie” for piano and orchestra (first version of the Aminor Piano Concerto op. 54) with the Basel Symphony Orchestra under Mario Venzago and three recitals for the Decca label: the 4 “Scherzi” by Chopin, Debussy’s “Préludes” and (released in April 2009) Beethoven’s “Moonlight” and “Tempest” Sonatas as well as the “Eroica Variations”.

Gianluca Cascioli was born in Turin in 1979. He studied composition and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. He studied piano with Professor Franco Scala at the Imola Academy.

May 2009


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