Principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia.
Luigi Piovano has been enjoying a constantly growing international recognition both as a cellist and as a conductor. His rapidly expanding career has placed him as soloist under the batons of such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev and Myung-Whun Chung - performing with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin and Andrey Boreyko, among others.
Luigi Piovano first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the "Pollini Project", which brought forth a highly-succesful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York's Carnegie Hall and National Academy of Santa Cecilia. In addition to regular concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, as an avid and sought-after chamber musician, he has taken part in numerous prominent collaboration with such celebrated artists as Katia and Marielle Labeque, Myung-Whun Chung, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Alexander Lonquich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Michel Dalberto, Malcolm Bilson and Antonio Pappano, with whom has been regularly performing in duo setting since 2007. He regularly performs with "Latitude 41" together with violinist Livia Sohn and pianist Bernadene Blaha.
Luigi Piovano's recordings have been released by such labels as EMI, Nuova Era, Opus 111 and Eloquentia, which recently released his recording of the Six Bach Cello Suites, a double CD dedicated to Saint-Saëns, including his two Concertos and two Sonatas and Schubert Trio op. 100 and Notturno D. 897 with Latitude 41. Other recordings include the two Brahms sonatas and, currently in production, Bach's Goldberg Variations with Trio Sitkovetsky.
Luigi Piovano's musical education began at the age of five under the tutelage of his father. By age seventeen he was awarded a diploma from the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, graduating cum laude upon finishing his studies with celebrated cellist and pedagogue Radu Aldulescu. He then went on to receiving a diploma in cello performance and chamber music from the European Conservatoire of Music in Paris, and has gained prizes from a number of international competitions. Luigi Piovano has been increasingly engaging himself as a conductor, and has held the post of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Musici Aurei since founding the ensemble in 2002 (under the name of "Campania Chamber Orchestra"). With the ensemble he toured Japan and recorded Paisiello's piano Concertos for Naxos label and Vivaldi Four Seasons for Eloquentia. Other engagements of note as a conductor include the Tokyo Philharmonic String Ensemble, concerts in Thailandia and with several Italian orchestras and two recordings, currently in production: Britten's Violin Concerto with the American violinist Livia Sohn and the chamber orchestra versions of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Sara Mingardo and Musici Aurei for Eloquentia. Notable collaborations from the podium have included such soloists as Francois-Joël Thiollier, Michele Campanella, Livia Sohn, Maurizio Baglini, Vesselin Stanev and Sara Mingardo. His most recent and future engagements as conductor include concerts in L'Aquila, Bari, Lecce and Palermo with such works as Beethoven Ninth, Brahms Second and Fourth, Franck Symphony in D minor. In addition to his performing and conducting career, Luigi Piovano has served as the Artistic Director of the "Estate Musicale Frentana" in Lanciano since 2008.
Mr. Piovano plays an Alessandro Gagliano dated 1710.