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Luca pianca

Ph credits Giorgio Marafioti

Where were you born?

Lugano (CH)     

Where do you live?

Lugano (CH)     

Why did you start playing music?

Total passion   

What is your favourite instrument?     

Lute renaissance

What music did you listen to as a child?          

All genres

What was your first record?

Michelle/Girl by the Beatles     

What musical period would you like to live in?           

Between the 16th and 17th centuries

Where do you prefer to listen to music?


Where can we find you when you are not making music?

At home          

Where did you study? 

Milan – Salzburg

What awards have you received?       

8 times Diapason d’Or , 5 times Choc du Monde de la Musique, 2 times Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Echo-Preis, Grammophone Award, Grammy Award (with Cecilia Bartoli/Giardino Armonico), Swiss Music Prize 2018

Who is your favourite composer?

Monteverdi – Bach       

Which composer would you like the public to rediscover?      

Monteverdi and the great lutenists of the Renaissance

What is your first recording?

I can’t remember         

What is your favourite recording? (Passacaglia, with you)       

Nobilissimo Istromento and The Art of Resonance

What is your favourite Passacaille recording? (Passacaille, other artist)          

Giants with Margret Koell

Who do you dream of recording with? (realistic or not)          

Again with Harnoncourt

Which piece have you never recorded but would like to?       

Paganini with violin and guitar with early instruments

What do you do before a concert?      

I work out the programme mentally     

What do you do after a concert?         

I like to drink ? a beer

What would you do if you were not a musician?         

No option B

Anything important to add?                

To listeners and audiences: More quality listening and less distractions