LUIGI PIOVANO enjoys an international reputation both as a cellist and conductor. Principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia and guest principal cellist of the Tokyo and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras, his rapidly expanding career has placed him as soloist under the batons of conductors Mikhail Pletnev and Myung-Whun Chung, among others. Mr. Piovano first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the “Pollini Project” in 1999, which brought forth a highly-successful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Rome. In addition to regular concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the US and Asia, as an avid and sought-after chamber musician, he regularly performs with the piano trio Latitude 41, which was formed in Newport. His most recent recordings, all for the French label Eloquentia, include Bach’s Six Cello Suites, a double CD with the complete music for cello of Saint-Saëns and Schubert Trio, Op. 100 and Notturno D. 897 with Latitude 41.
Mr. Piovano has held the post of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Musici Aurei since founding the ensemble in 2002. With his orchestra he toured Japan and recorded Paisiello Concertos and Vivaldi Four Seasons for Naxos. Recently the Eloquentia label released a CD with Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Sara Mingardo, which immediately won the Elizabeth Schwarzkopf Award as best Lieder recording for 2012 from Académie du disque lyrique in France. Currently in production is Britten’s Violin Concerto with Livia Sohn. Mr. Piovano graduated cum laude at age seventeen studying with celebrated cellist and pedagogue Radu Aldulescu. He then went on to receiving a diploma in cello performance and chamber music from the European Conservatoire of Music in Paris. Mr. Piovano made his Newport debut in 2000.