last updated on 08/01/14
I am an Italian, London based, composer and pianist for ballet and opera. As a composer, my search is the result of the acquired professional experiences. It’s the attempt to knock down the concept of “style” and the pursuit of a new “democratic music”. A language that… Read more
Now based in London, Luca works as freelance composer, vocal coach, as well as pianist for the Royal Academy of Dance, Urdang Academy, Arts Ed, the New English Ballet and the European Ballet. He has also recently co-founded T‧ArT Productions, a performing arts company devoted to support and develop new music theatre works.
Current and recent engagements include Musical Direction and new orchestration of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera for OperaUpClose, MD and pianist in Opera Les Fauves’ new production of Holst’s The Wandering Scholar at City University and the King’s Head, as well as vocal coach and répétiteur in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with City Opera Ensemble.
Luca’s new ballet Uphill has been recently workshopped by dancers from the New English Ballet Theatre and performed at Two Temple Place. His new opera Suggestions of Love was performed at the King’s Head Theatre as part of their Without Décor programme last September and will be revived at Barons Court Theatre in December this year.
In December 2012 the Enescu Philharmonic premiered Luca’s Black Flamingo and his arrangement of Piazzolla’s Adios Nonino (both for piano and orchestra) during their Gala Concert at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. Dorando – based on the famous incident of Dorando Pietri at the 1908 London Olympics, on extracts from A heroic Roman by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – had its premiere by the Lambeth Wind Orchestra during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Luca completed his studies under the guide of Luisella Minini and, as a composer, with Angelo Corradini and Ivan Fedele, at Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, and graduated (with Hons) at the Conservatoire of Brescia (Italy). He then improved his composing studies with Sylvano Bussotti and Giorgio Colombo Taccani.
After performing as a soloist and winning both the Acada Endas prize and the City of Cremona prize, he began his career in the Musical Theatre at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, as pianist for the School of Ballet, working with Mrs. Loretta Alexandrescu. This led him to spent three years in France, first as pianist for Roland Petit at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Danse in Marseille, and then at the Opera de Monaco, where he was répétiteur for the choir and worked with Kirstan Missirkov and Jocelyne Dienst. As a pianist for ballet he also worked with Nina Watt and Denis Ganio in Rome, and at the Arena di Verona.
In 1993 he became répétiteur for Opera at Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova), and in the following years he cooperated as freelance with many Italian and international theatres, such as Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Nazionale (Rome), Vest Norges Opera (Bergen), Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Teatro Greco di Taormina, Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), as well as with singers such as Roberto Scandiuzzi, Salvatore Licitra, Katia Ricciarelli, Adriana Morelli, Dimitra Theodossiou, Giuseppe Taddei, and many others.
Luca’s recent engagements include a collaboration with Opera Bergen (Norway) as cembalo/continuo in Handel’s Theodora and as solo pianist in Bernstein’s Mass.
In the mean time, he continued his studies of conducting, being assistant of Renato Serio and Nicola Samale, among the others. Conducting highlights of his career include titles such as Tosca, La Traviata, Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Serva Padrona, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Suor Angelica, Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, The Merry Widow.
Thanks to his expertise in the Italian and French Opera repertoire, Luca held several Master classes for young opera singers and accompanists, first as assistant of Leone Magiera (M° Pavarotti’s coach and conductor) and subsequently on his own.
As a composer, he first came to international public attention by winning the Milano Milhaud prize in 1994 with Concerto da camera n.1, which allowed him to further develop his skills by working closely with the Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, and under the tutelage of Marco Tutino. He was taken up by Edizioni Sonzogno and went on to compose Favola Nuova (for actor and orchestra) and Piccola Suite per Orchestra Giovanile.
In 2000 his Messa per un Nuovo Millennio brought together elements of pop/rock with symphonic music by including a saxophone quartet, electric bass, drums and percussions in a score which also includes symphony orchestra, soloists and choir. The work is based around the Liturgical Mass for the Easter time, completely in Italian, and follows the works of the Second Vatican Council. It is already in the repertoire of several Italian choral societies, and has now been translated in English with the title Resurrection Mass.
In 2001, for Verdi’s Centenary, he wrote a version for two pianos of La Traviata, and in 2003 he won the first prize for the Contemporary Neapolitan Song, in Salerno, with Na Luggetella.
By developing and blending classical, pop, and dance music idioms and nuances, Luca Tieppo has found his own unique voice as a composer, which has led to his being honoured with both the Pegaso d’oro and the City of Rome Prize in 2002.
His last work for piano solo, Preludes sur la Danse, was performed in Connecticut (USA) by the American pianist Scott Mayfield in 2007 and in the same year his Elegia n°1 for string orchestra (or Bergen Elegy) won the first prize at the International Composing Competition Ottorino Respighi (in the jury, Arvo Paert).
After moving to London, Luca became a member of the London Composers Forum and premiered the second volume of his Preludes sur la Danse, Le Centre, in a series of concerts in London.
Luca’s work covers a vast spectrum and audience, and his award-winning children’s book Little Petrof, which both delighted the public and the critic (one of Ibiskos Editrice Risolo’s best sellers, and winner of the Premio Speciale Narrativa per Ragazzi Città di Salò), is currently being worked on as an iBook and a 3D animation movie.