Born: 1977 - Turin, Italy
The Italian conductor, composer, harpsichordist and organist, Luca Guglielmi, was born in Turin, where he studied music and humanities. Self-taught as a conductor, he has worked as assistant to Antoni Ros-Marbà, Victor Pablo Pérez, Gottfried von der Goltz, Giovanni Antonini and Jordi Savall. He graduated in Composition with Alessandro Ruo Rui, and in Choral Music and Choral Conducting with Sergio Pasteris at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Turin. In 1999 he was chosen to participate in the Extraordinary Course in Conducting under the direction of Carlo Maria Giulini at the Fiesole Music School.
He has worked as harpsichordist and organist with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino della RAI under the conductors Jeffrey Tate, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Roberto Abbado, Robert King and Ton Koopman, with whom he concluded his study of the harpsichord.
In 2001 he debuted as choir director with the Petite messe solennelle by Rossini conducting the Ex-Coro di Torino della RAI. The following year he debuted as orchestral conductor with Mozart's Requiem at the church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Bologna. He has conducted the orchestras of the Early Music Courses at Barbaste (France) and Urbino (Italy), with particular emphasis on the classical repertory. He was invited by Pierre Cao to conduct his celebrated French vocal ensemble Arsys Bourgogne in a Monteverdi programme with which in 2010 he performed in concerts in France, Spain and Luxemburg. In June 2010 he debuted in Florence as conductor and soloist with the Orchestra della Toscana in a programme including Mozart's Symphony No. 39 K. 543.
Composer of notable talent, he has composed several works for mixed a cappella choir, a format he favours; his compositions have been performed in Italy and abroad by the Vocalensemble of Turin conducted by Carlo Pavese, by the Coro Filarmonico “Ruggero Maghini” and by the S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir conducted by Gary Graden.
At the same time, from 1993 he has had a busy international career as a harpsichord, organ, clavichord and fortepiano soloist and as an ensemble conductor. He studied organ with Vittorio Bonotto, harpsichord with Patrizia Marisaldi, piano accompaniment (including Lieder) with Eros Cassardo. As accompanist he has partnered artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Barbara Bonney, Monica Groop, Sara Mingardo, Angelika Kirchschlager, Christoph Prégardien, Giuliano Carmignola and Paolo Pandolfo. He has worked with opera directors including Gilbert Deflò, Yannis Kokkos and Emilio Sagi, and has performed in some of the world's most prestigous opera theatres and concert halls: New York-Carnegie Hall, London-Wigmore Hall, Vienna-Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Munich-Herkulessaal, Madrid-Teatro Real, Barcelona-Liceu, Turin-Teatro Regio, Milan-Conservatory, Naples-Teatro San Carlo.
At the age of 20 he was invited by Jordi Savall to join his ensembles Hespèrion XX (now Hespèrion XXI), La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, playing regularly in duos and trios with Rolf Lislevand.
His many engagements have included playing with the Ensemble Zefiro of Alfredo Bernardini, the Ensemble La Fenice of Jean Tubéry, the Ricercar Consort of Philippe Pierlot, the Armonico Tributo Austria of Lorenz Duftschmid and the Accademia Strumentale Italiana of Alberto Rasi.
Enthusiastic teacher, he teaches harpsichord, organ and orchestra at courses at Urbino, Pamparato, San Feliu de Guixols (Catalonia) and Barbaste (France), basing his teaching exclusively on original treatises and other historical sources. In 2005 he founded Concerto Madrigalesco, an ensemble of variable composition using original instruments for the historically informed performance of music from 1400 to 1800, with particular reference to the “Seicento Italiano” and the repertory with obbligato keyboard.
He has more than 40 recordings, both CD and DVD, as soloist and in ensembles, for the most prestigious recording companies (Decca, Teldec, Accent, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Alia Vox, Stradivarius, cpo, naïve, Alpha, ORF, Mirare) all highly praised by specialized critics. Soon to be released for the Accent label, two new solo CD’s dedicated to the keyboard sonatas of Johann Adolf Hasse and a program dedicated to Mozart’s Harpsichord Concerti KV 107 and Rutini’s keyboard sonatas.