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Lunchtime Recitals: Luca Luciano


Part of a UK tour of churches and cathedrals to promote Luca’s recent releases with the support of his endorsement D’Addario Woodwinds, this recitals features music informed by Luciano’s research on extended techniques and new music for solo clarinet including compositions from his latest album “Partenope”. The Sequenza has been inspired by the famous line of Gustav Mahler’s “A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything”  and includes sections of music notated and “composed in real time” where a “sequence” of propositions are developed by the musician during the piece.

Luciano’s performance showcases the full potential of the clarinet embracing all styles of music he loves in an imaginative tour around the world from Western European music to Afro-American or folkloric music of Southern of Italy, from contemporary classical music with chromatic and angular-shaped lines to heartfelt melodies. The programme also features three compositions recently premiered by Luca at St Martin in the Fields for their New Music Series and homage pieces to Benny Goodman and Giacomo Puccini.  

  • Sequenza #1 “Il Prescelto” (L. Luciano)
  • “Rollick & Romp” (G. Bartholomew)
  • Lied for Clarinet Solo (L. Berio)
  • Homage to Benny Goodman: “Bernie’s Tune” (B. Miller)

 “Suite all’italiana”:

  • Fragment #4 (L. Luciano)
  • Prelude to Act III of “Tosca” (Puccini/Luciano)
  • Rondo Contemporaneo  (L. Luciano)

More About Luca

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, he debuts at the age of twelve at one of the most established halls 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 since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”.

Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”, Luca’s repertoire also embraces Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Brahms, Schumann. Luciano has held many master-classes, has regularly premiered his music at St Martin in the Fields and has performed at the South Bank Centre (also recording live for the BBC at the Royal Festival Hall), Edinburgh Festival, Cambridge University, Barber Institute of fine Arts. As a recording artist, Luca’s solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents.  More on

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Later Event: 27 May
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