Maestro Luca Ciuffoletti
Luca Ciuffoletti - Italian Violinist & Collector.
Maestro Ciuffoletti is an Italian violinist as well as a violin expert and collector currently living in Japan.
Has studied at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and "Santa Cecilia" in Rome with famous teachers.
Has performed around the world with the greatest soloists and conductors as well as having acquired an excellent reputation as a violin pedagogue.
His passion for instruments has brought him to become a collector and a researcher and recently a consultant for Il Violino Magico.
Maestro Ciuffoletti is a very versatile artist being not only a violinist but also a writer, composer and a promoter of cultural events.
His recent publications are violinistic analysis of Beethoven Symphony n. 9 and Schubert string quartet "Death and the Maiden". Score and books can be purchased at Il Violino Magico atelier.
Do visit Maestro Ciuffoletti website at: www.beebest.co.jp/gcp
Born in 1963 in Italy, received the violin diploma in 1985 studying under Maestro Giovanni Leone at the Conservatorium of Music "S.Pietro a Majella" in Naples (Italy). Later, in Rome, became student of Maestro Riccardo Brengola, one of the most prominent violin and chamber music teacher as well as first violin of the acclaimed “Quintetto Chigiano” in Siena.
His studies continued in Brengola`s violin class at the National Academy of "S. Cecilia" in Rome and later at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (Italy). Maestro Luca Galileo was Brengola`s most esteemed student and the only depositary, nowadays, of Brengola`s immense technical knowledge.
Be accepted in Maestro Luca Galileo class offers the opportunity to absorb the secrets of the old violin school tradition spreading its roots till the legendary figure of Joseph Joachim.
Participated in the following International Courses of Violin Perfection:
● Course of “Alto Perfezionamento Internazionale di Violino e Musica da Camera” at the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” in Siena ( Italy)
● Course of “Alto Perfezionamento Internazionale di Violin e Musica da Camera” at the Accademia Musicale “Il Delfino” in S.Margherita Ligure ( Italy)
● Course of “Alto Perfezionamento Internazionale di Violino” at the Accademia Nazionale di “S.Cecilia” in Rome ( Italy)
Performed, as first violin and occasionally as assistant concertmaster, with many symphonic orchestras all over the world for over 30 years:
● The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
● Orchestra of the “Donizetti” Theatre in Bergamo ( Italy)
● Orchestra R.A.I. in Milan ( Italy)
● The “Opera” Orchestra in Rome ( Italy)
● Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Sydney ( Australia)
● “Hunter Orchestra” in Newcastle ( Australia)
● The “Opera House Trust Orchestra” in Sydney ( Australia)
● Orchestra dell`Accademia Nazionale di “S.Cecilia” in Rome ( Italy)
● The “Bangkok Symphony Orchestra” - Bangkok ( Thailand)
● Orchestra Sinfonica “G.Verdi” in Milan
Performed with conductors as:
Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Peter Maag, Bernard Haiting, Yutaka Sado, Rudolf Barshai, Luciano Berio, Velery Gergiev, Georges Pretre, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yuri Ahoronovitith, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Adam Fischer, Alun Francis, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Vladimir Jurowsky, Gianandrea Noseda, Claudio Scimone, David Atherton, Ennio Morricone and many others.
Performed with soloists as:
Mstislav Rostropovich, Salvatore Accardo, Uto Ughi, Andrea Griminelli, Emanuele Segre, Mario Brunello, Lynn Harrell, Boris Pergamenschikow, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Kolya Blacher Viktoria Mullova, Alexander Toradze, Luis Bacalov, Poul Badura-Skoda, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, and many others.
From 1998 to 2000 he served as Assistant Concertmaster at the "Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano" (Italy).
As chamber musician performed with various ensembles, in particular with:
● The “Hong Kong String Quartet” – Hong Kong
● The "Nuovo Quintetto Chigiano" in Siena
● “Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia", as assistant of Maestro Riccardo Brengola
● “Academy of Performing Art” in Hong Kong.
● Private teaching to young and advanced students, around the world.
● President of the Galileo Concert Planning (GCP) in Tokyo.
● Member of the Board of Directors of the A.N.L.A.I., Italian association that promotes the art of Italian luthiers in the world
● Ambassador of the “Art of Music” in the world.
From the year 2000 he retired as concert violinist and worked on a variety of different projects. In the year 2000 was appointed “Assistant Artistic Director” of the Chamber Music Season 2001/2002, at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano (Italy). This important and challenging appointment marked the beginning of his new activity as promoter of cultural events. Future projects will regard mostly activities as a promoter, in Asia (particularly Japan) and most importantly the constant research and support of young talents.
In 2007 was appointed Artistic Director of the “Tokyo Concert Association” in Hachioji (Japan).
In April 2010 established his own Concert Management Agency in Tokyo: the Galileo Concert Planning (GCP). Ever since, a series of concerts have been planned and many more are scheduled for the years to come. Special mention goes to a series of very special “Stradivari” concerts held in the elegant Tomono Hall in Tokyo and supported by Madam Mikimoto, a legendary figure in Japan that supports with great passion GCP activities. Parallel to these activities, many other events are currently being planned by the GCP, events that share in common the desire of supporting young artists in establishing their international career as well as promoting the Italian and Japanese culture through music and art in general.
From 2011 an ambitious editorial project has been started. A series of publications, in English and Japanese, dedicated to young Asian musicians that approach the orchestra literature for the first time; a series of volumes, currently under preparation, where the violin score of the major orchestra masterpieces, will be analyzed and explained. A step by step guide that aim to inspire young musicians.
In August 2012 the First Edition of the Alessandro Valignano Prize was held in Tokyo with the support of prestigious international institutions. The AVP has been dedicated to Japanese artists that received their academic training in Italy and later returned to Japan influencing a new generation of young artists. The AVP is promoted by the GCP and fully supported by the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. The second edition was held in October 2013.
Maestro Ciuffoletti teaches to advanced and gifted students in Japan as well as in Master classes in Japan and Italy.