Luca Luciano – clarinet, James Hayes – piano

Thursday 27 April 2017

Luca Luciano – clarinet

James Hayes – piano

Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” (The Musician). Former clarinet professor in the UK and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary music, he debuts at the age of twelve at a prestigious hall of his home town Naples. Introduced as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), has been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he has “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”, his repertoire also embraces Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Berio. He has held many master-classes, has regularly premiered his music at St Martin in the Fields London and Cambridge University, has performed at the South Bank Centre (recording live for BBC Radio at the Royal Festival Hall), Edinburgh Festival, American Cathedral Paris. His solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents.


  • Sonata #2 “Stellare” (L. Luciano)
  • Im Treibhaus (R. Wagner)
  • Sonata #4 (L. Luciano)
  • Libertango (A. Piazzolla)
  • Homage to Poulenc, for clarinet solo (L. Luciano)
  • Petite Piece (C. Debussy)
  • Sonata #5 (L. Luciano)
  • I’ve got Rhythm (G. Gershwin)

This contemporary clarinet recital presents 20th and 21st century music also informed by Luciano’s research on extended techniques and new music for clarinet solo. The programme also features original compositions written and arranged by Luciano, published on his last releases. The “Sonatas” for clarinet and basso continuo are in one movement only. Luciano’s performance showcases the full potential of the clarinet presenting new and challenging music that is unique and varied, notated and composed in real time, that embraces romantic atmospheres and contemporary idioms, experimentation and heartfelt melodies. Though Luciano’s exceptional virtuoso skills are clearly evident, the music has always a distinctive melodic sense inspired by the Western European tradition and his Neapolitan heritage. The performance also features music by Wagner and a rarely performed miniature by Claude Debussy.


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