OBOE, Luca Avanzi

AvanziLuca Avanzi was born in 1963 in Milan. He began studying under the tutelage of legendary oboist G. Calderoni from La Scala, P. Molino, R. Laganà, and G. Garbarino, later perfecting his skills with M. Bourgue and P. Grazzi.

Since 1978 he has won numerous scholarships and competitions in Stresa 1979, Cesena 1982, Manta 1985, Pomeriggi Musicali 1987, Venice 1995, and Pavia 1996. Despite his solo training, Avanzi has held the position of first Oboe in prestigious orchestras: Teatro alla Scala and Filarmonica, European Community Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Toscanini di Parma, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Angelicum, playing with Abbado, Bernstein, Maazel, Giulini, Ozawa, Pretre, Barenboim, Kubelik, Sawallisch, Gatti, Dorati, etc.

He has performed a large part of the solo repertoire with orchestra; we remember the Concerto by W.A. Mozart with the Pomeriggi Musicali in 1981, the one by R.Strauss with the RAI in Milan in 1982, as well as concerts by Haydn, Marcello, Vivaldi, Leclair, Bach, Barber, Donatoni, Mozart Concertante in 1986 and 1988. In 1995 he recorded a CD of 18th-century Italian Oboe concerts (Platti, Sammartini, Hasse, Dall'Abaco) for Stradivarius; in 2007, Maderna's 1st Concerto for Oboe and chamber ensemble was released by the same company, in 2012 the Livre d’arabesques for oboe and ensemble by Gardella. He regularly collaborates with A. Ballista and has an oboe-harp duo with E. Gorna. With pianists C. Balzaretti, M. Cadario, M. G. Bianchi, C. Boccadoro, F. Nicolosi, A. Carcano, A. Rebaudengo, and P. Ceccarini, he has collaborated several times in recitals that have also been filmed by RAI Italiana.

He has always collaborated with major Italian and foreign chamber music institutions, such as Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Divertimento Ensemble, Novecento e oltre, Nuove Sincronie, Musica Rara, Musica Insieme from Cremona, Novurgia.

He has collaborated with various artists of the sector, G. Nasillo, F. Biondi, R. Gini, and others. He has been working for a long time in a duo with A. Ballista, and has always collaborated with the most important Italian and foreign chamber music institutions, such as Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Divertimento Ensemble, Novecento e oltre, Nuove Sincronie, Musica Rara, Musica Insieme di Cremona, Ensemble Garbarino, Novurgia.

Numerous composers have dedicated premiere works to him, including N.Castiglioni (Rima for oboe and piano), P. Molino, S.Gorli, D.Anzaghi, D. D'Adamo, and F.Gardella. Among the most recent productions, he substituted H. Holliger in Milan in Maderna's 1st Concerto, performed Oboe sommerso by E.Carter in the first Italian performance, B.Maderna's 1st and 3rd concertos at the Venice Biennale, Plot in fiction by L. Francesconi, the Concert by H.W. Henze, Festina Lente by R. Rivolta in their world premieres; this year he is taking part in the Milano Musica Festival with Francesconi's 2nd Oboe Concerto in its first Italian performance. In 1998 he participated in the CD Vivaldi: the meeting with P. Arruga, O. Dantone, and the Cuban percussionist D. Lombardo, where he alternates well-known Vivaldian melodies with improvisations of a jazz flavour. He has long dedicated himself to the baroque and classical oboe, working with various artists in the field, including R.Gini, F.Biondi, G.Nasillo, S.Toni, and P.Grazzi. He has published several reviews in the prestigious magazine MUSICA for several years since 1990 and has been teaching oboe at the Conservatory of Milan since 2000. For more than 15 years, he has been the principal Oboe of the Divertimento Ensemble, an Italian ensemble of excellence on the international contemporary scene.