Luca Longobardi – The Ruggine Project

Luca Longobardi was born in 1976 in the southern Italian town of San Lucido, in the region of Calabria. He graduated from the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples with studies in Piano, Composition and Electronic Music. He then studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, USA, under Maestro Zenon Fishbein, graduating cum laude with his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in December of 2000. In 2011, he completed his PhD in Digital Technologies and Methodologies for Research on Performance through the Department of Art History and Entertainment at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. His career since then has been multifaceted, working as a solo artist as well as in soloist with orchestra, or as part of chamber ensembles. He is a prolific composer as well, producing his first works under the guidance of Roberto De Simone, a fine example of which is his tribute to Donizetti as the ballet “Te Voglio Bene Assaje,” performed at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, as well as the famed Scala in Milan.

Peeking at the keys, from one of Luca Longobardi's house concerts
Peeking at the keys, from one of Luca Longobardi’s house concerts

From 2002 to 2005 he was the rehearsal pianist at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, under the direction of Elizabeth Terabust. It was through this experience that his interest in video direction, light design, and installation work began to flourish, and he began experimenting with mise-en-scene and other forms of created environments, combining sound and visual multimedia. In January 2011 he presented Showcase 29|33 MicroBasicMacro, a moveable live performance that combined music, action painting, and contemporary dance, effectively a performance that would adapt itself to its surroundings according to the space allowed and the audience attending. That same year he collaborated with choreographer Laura Martorana and together they created “Prima Del Piede, Il Passo,” a dance based performance based on Erri de Luca’s works designed for the Banch (Ballet Nacional Chileno).

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