Luca Giardini

Luca Giardini bio

Luca Giardini studied modern violin in Milan and Lugano with Carlo Chiarappa. He then devoted himself to study further the historically informed practice of the violin music between 17th and 19th century, under the guidance of specialists such as Catherine Mackintosh, Monica Huggett, Nicolette Moonen and Peter Hanson in London and Anton Steck.

After working with many chamber and symphony orchestras in Milan, in 1998 he started to collaborate on a regular basis with the most important European Early Music groups, playing at some of the major concert venues all over the world. Luca regularly performs with ensembles such as: Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Complesso Barocco, Ensemble Zefiro, Modo Antiquo, Ensemble Concerto, Il Rossignolo, Aglaia, La Venexiana; I Barocchisti, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Bach Ensemble, Al Ayre Español, Ensemble Matheus, La Cetra-Basel, Marini Consort-Innsbruck, Divino Sospiro, Collegium 1704, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges. Among the renowned conductors and soloists he works with are Simon Rattle, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Cecilia Bartoli, Ian Bostridge, Giuliano Carmignola, Ottavio Dantone and Christoph Coin.

Luca took part in over 70 recordings for labels such as Philips, Sony, Decca, Emi, Emi-Virgin, Harmonia Mundi, L’ Oiseau Lyre, Naxos, Brilliant classics and Naïve. He recorded for the most important Radio and TV stations in Europe, America and Asia. He also regularly participates in audio-visual and DVD projects.

Luca has recorded many 17th and 18th century music rediscovery albums, some of which were awarded prestigious prizes such as: Grammy Award, Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, 10 Répértoire, Premio Fondazione Cini – Venezia, Premio Abbiati.

He teaches baroque violin at the Conservatorio “Maderna” in Cesena and at the Conservatorio “Boito” in Parma, Italy.

His chamber music activity spans from duo to quintet on period instruments, with a particular predilection for the repertoire for violin and keyboard (harpsichord and fortepiano).

Since 2011 he has been a member of the Albada Quartet.

In order to excel in performing different repertoires, Luca plays several historical violins, among which a “Don Nicola Amati” (Bologna, 1730), using bows which are either originals (among which a 1775 “Nicolas Leonard Tourte” and a 1780 “Dodd” ) or faithful copies.