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Gianluca Pirisi

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Gianluca Pirisi Starts studying cello in 2001 and in 2007, at the age of 17, he graduates with full marks and honors under the guidance of Francesco Pepicelli (cellist of Trio Metamorphosi).
In 2010 he graduated with honors in the chamber music class of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of M°Rocco Filippini and in 2017 he graduated in cello in the class of M° Giovanni Sollima, with honors.
He performed as soloist with orchestra the two concerts of J. Haydn, several concerts of A.Vivaldi and Boccherini and in 2010 he performed the Double Concerto of J. Brahms with the violinist Azusa Onishi.
He is regularly invited since 2011 to the prestigious Festival of Kusatsu in Japan as the first cello of the Orchestra of the Festival of Kusatsu and the 'Orchestra da Camera di Perugia which is the first cello soloist since 2013
During his first year of studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, he was invited by M°Sonig Tchakerian to play at the Festival "Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza" alongside Mario Brunello, Luca Ranieri, Enrico Carraro and the same Sonig Tchakerian.
In 2016 in Perugia he made his debut as soloist with his Maestro Giovanni Sollima for the Amici della Musica di Perugia, with the Orchestra da Camera di Perugia, in a program all for two cellos and orchestra replicating in Terni for the Filarmonica Umbra; the same concert was replicated in Prato using the collaboration of the orchestra "Camerata Strumentale di Prato".
In the same year he debuted as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia and Nil Venditti at the baton, playing "Kaddish" by Maurice Ravel, live on Radio 3 Europe, for the transmission "We and France".
In 2017 year he also won the audition called by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in order to play as soloist in duo with Giovanni Sollima at the Christmas concert live on Rai 1 from the Senate of the Italian Republic, performing the famous "Violoncelles Vibrez" by Sollima, with the Symphony Orchestra of Italian Conservatories and Alessandro Cadario at the baton.
For his solo recital at the "Alfredo Piatti" Festival in Bergamo, the critics expressed themselves as follows:
(...) If Giovanni Sollima shone last week, Pirisi was able to sustain in an admirable way, especially thanks to the refinement of his phrasing, the honor and the burden of closing one of the few cellular festivals in Italy (...).
(...) During the performance they mixed "amazement, admiration, bewilderment, even dismay" for how it is possible to concentrate in a single instrument "such quality and variety of technique and invention, of play and spirit, of rationality and poetry(...)
2018 saw him engaged in a series of 8 solo concerts with the Hannover Staatsoper and the Hannover Opera Ballet, for the show "Moving Lights" by Jeorg Mannes, replacing M° Giovanni Sollima. The show has been acclaimed by the critics and in particular on the Terni cellist has been said:
"(...)-a particular challenge for musicians and dancers in terms of time and size. But both parts are well coordinated. This is particularly evident in the cello solo "Tree Raga Song", which emphasizes the pauses. Jorge Mannes has configured this work of his as a new element. Pirisi, in particular, manages to bring out the wild nature of the cello and sometimes mixes foaming, sometimes delicate, sometimes loud, sometimes flowing sounds." (...)
He was invited by M° Mario Ancillotti to take part in a tour in Sicily, in a show dedicated to the music of Claude Debussy, together with Matteo Fossi, Yuval Gotlibovich, Ekaterina Valiulina, and the actress Maddalena Crippa at the reciting voice.
He is cellist and founder of the "Nuovo Quartetto di Perugia", which made its debut in concert at the Quirinale for the Concerts of the Cappella Paolina, performing "Ad L.P 1928" by Ennio Morricone, in the presence of the composer.
His activity ranges intensely across the genres, particularly in jazz, (collaborating as First Cello of the "Umbria Jazz Orchestra" and the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia with artists of international caliber as Paolo Fresu, Daniele di Bonaventura, Michele Rabbia, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Gil Goldstein, Patty Austin) and in the music of Astor Piazzolla, as cellist and founder of the Quintet Lunfardo, multifaceted ensemble that gives particular attention to the works of the Argentine master less known by the general public.
He recently attended the Course of Specialization in instrumental goods in cello, with scholarship at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo, with Rohan de Saram, Miklos Perenyi, Enrico Dindo and Mischa Maisky.


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