LUCA FERRINI (Monfalcone - Italy, 1968) studied at conservatories "Tartini" in Trieste and "Tomadini" in Udine obtaining full marks both for piano, taught by M.o G.U.Battel and harpsichord, taught by M.o Ilario Gregoletto. In Udine he also studied organ.
He is a renowned concert pianist, performing all over Europe ( St. Petersburg Philarmonic Society and Conservatory Rimskij Korsakov , Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Cankarjev Dom - Gallus Hall and Philarmonic Hall in Ljubljana, National Theatre of Malta , Klementinum and Martinu Hall in Prague, Musikverein in Vienna – like member of orchestra - , Budapest, Bucharest, Zagreb, Rome, Milan, Philarmonic Hall in Ulan Bator, …) either as a soloist, a member of chamber groups or with orchestras ( Slovenska Filharmonija , Mozarteum from St. Petersburg, Virtuosi Pragenses , RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra , Camerata Labacensis , Mariborska Opera , and other), for important concert seasons and international festivals (among them Ljubljana summer festival , Zagrebacki barokni festival , International week of new music in Bucharest, Trieste Contemporanea ). He collaborated with famous soloists like the trumpetist Richard Steuart (winner of ARD Competition - Munchen), the violinist Crtomir Siskovic (concertmaster in several orchestras in Italy and in Europe), the soloists of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and with the first parts of RTV Symphony Orchestra from Ljubljana . As a chamber player he is a member of several groups like the "Trio Baraga" (two trumpets and organ); for the ancient music of the "Ensemble Claviere", "I Musici della Serenissima" and "Nova Academia" (on original instruments) as well as for the contemporary music: the Ensemble MD7 (Ensemble Musica Danubiana, from Ljubljana) and the Chamber Orchestra KOS (Soloists Chamber Orchestra of the Society of Slovene Composers), with which he first performed a lot of new works. As soloist or part in orchestra he played under the conduction of Arkadij Steinlucht, Rene Gulikers, Uros Lajovic, Carl Davis, Simon Robinson, Marko Munih, David de Villiers, Lior Shambadal, Anton Nanut, Tonu Kalliuste, En Shao. As a pianist, harpsichordist and organist, he also collaborated with different regional orchestras and choirs.
In his opus, there are numerous recordings for radio and television programmes of the Italian broadcasting corporation RAI, Russian State radio, Hungarian radio, Croatian HRT radio, Romunian State radio and for RTV Slovenia broadcast. He recorded also three CD's :" Domenico Dragonetti - Works for double bass and piano ", " Franz Liszt - Late piano works ", " Carnorum regio " (as a member of Trio Baraga – two trumpets and organ). Together with the Ljubljana string quartet he recorded CD album of selected 20th century piano quintets (Petr Eben, Alfred Schnittke, Primoz Ramovs), which is next to be released.
While he was devoting his time to ancient music, he performed and had recording sessions as solo harpsichordist and organist as well. During the last seasons, he held a number of harpsichord solo performances, winning an excellent response from the audience, especially with his rendition of Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concert (with the RTV Slovenia symphony orchestra, conductor René Gulikers) and Bach's Concert in F-major (with the Slovenicum chamber orchestra conducted by Uros Lajovic). Last season he performed as a soloist with the Slovenska Filharmonija philarmonics (Bach's triple concerto in a-minor) and with the Slovenicum orchestra (Wilhelm Friedman Bach - concerto in e-minor). Together with the Italian Ensemble Claviere, an ensemble playing on authentic instruments, he concluded a three-year cycle of all fifteen Bach's concertos for harpsichord and strings. The first of the four CD's with almost forty manuscript sonatas by G. Tartini, for which Ferrini edited the thorough bass part, recorded together with violinist Crtomir Siskovic (" Giuseppe Tartini – Sonate a violino e basso "), has been released. His last release is a CD with music for solo harpsichord (" Anthology ") with music by J.S.Bach, J.P.Rameau, J.Duphly, A. Forqueray and Domenico Scarlatti. Among his manifold recordings there are some live of organ concerts during the performance of " European baroque organ music ", a cycle of over seventy concerts held in 2001 with Slovenian ancient organs.
Music critics regard him a musician of "outstanding performing skills". Due to his incredible adaptability to instruments with keys, his repertoire is extremely comprehensive, containing works from the Renaissance to the present, with a tendency for unknown or rarely performed pieces. Some composers even dedicated their works to him.
Luca Ferrini is also interested in composition, which he sees as a free tool of expression as any other arts. He is the author of some compositions for a solo instrument, wrote a number of mainly choir compositions based on the lyrics of the Primorje region authors (some of them were first performed in International competitions of choral music in Maribor – Slovenia and Olomouc – Czech Rep.) , and a short "a cappella" latin mass for mixed choir.
He has been teaching piano at different schools in Friuli Venezia Giulia region ( Italy ) for a number of years and he has been working at the music school in Sezana ( Slovenia ) for ten years. At the art School of Koper-Capodistria ( Slovenia ) he teaches harspichord. He also collaborated like accompanist in Conservatories in Venice and in Trieste and in several international summer courses and competitions.
Finally he organizes concerts (he is the artistic director of the concert season " Musical Meetings in Opicina ", near Trieste , from 1997) and holds international workshops in harpsichord and in piano performance.