Luca Lombardi is one of Europe’s major composers. He was born in Rome on December 24, 1945. His father, Franco Lombardi, was a philosopher and his mother, Iole Tagliacozzo, was a teacher, a member of the Constituent Assembly and director of an Italian Cultural Centre abroad. Lombardi studied piano and composition in Rome, Vienna and Florence. Among his teachers there were: Armando Renzi, Karl Schiske and Roberto Lupi. He graduated in 1970 at the Pesare Conservatoire under the guidance of Boris Prena. After having finished his high school studies at the German School of Rome, he attended the universities of Rome and Vienna where he finally took his Masters Degree in 1975 (supervisors: Paolo Chiarini and Fedele d’Amico). He wrote a thesis on Hanns Eisler (pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, collaborator of Bertoit Brecht, leading figure of politically involved music).
From 1968 to 1972 he lived in Cologne. There, he attended the “Musikhochschule” and studied first with Bernd-Alois Zimmermann and then, after he died in 1970, with Vino Globokar. At the “Rheinische Musikschule” he attended the courses of different professors such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, Mauricio Kagel, Dieter Schnebel and Frederic Rzewski. He also studied electronic music: first in Cologne with Herbert Eimert and Hans Ulrich Humpert, and then in Utrecht with Gottfried Michael Koenig. In 1973, he was a student of Paul Dessau in Berlin. From 1973 to 1978 he taught composition at the Pesare Conservatoire and, from 1978 to 1993, at the Milan Conservatoire.
Due to conferences and seminars, he travelled extensively all around Europe, the United States of America, Canada, South America and Japan.
Many of his compositions have been commissioned by important Italian and foreign institutions amongst which are: Ircam (Paris), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne), Rikskonserter (Stockholm), Radio Sinfonie-Orchester (Berlin), Musikbiennale (Berlin), Rai (Rome), Radio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Basler Theater (Basel), KölnMusik (Cologne), Saarländischer Rundfunk (Saarbrücken), Hindemith-Institut (Frankfurt), Frankfurt Feste (Frankfurt), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Oper Leipzig (Leipzig), ORT-Orchestra della Toscana ((Florence), Essener Philharmonie (Essen), Rudolf-Steiner-Archiv (Dornach, Switzerland), Staatstheater Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Rome Opera House (Rome). His works have been published by Schirmer, Moeck, Suvini Zerboni, Ricordi and Rai Trade.
In 1988-89 he was Fellow of the Berlin “Institute for Advance Study”, in 1990 he obtained an internship from the Government of Niedersachsen (region of Low Saxony) in Schreyahn. In 1997-98 he visited Berlin again as a guest of the “Berliner Künnstlerprogramm” of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). In 1998-99 and in 2003-04 he was Fellow of the Delmenhorst “Institute for Advanced Study”. In 2001-02 he was invited by the Japan Foundation to live in Yokohama and teach in Hiroshima.
Luca Lombardi was written many articles and essays that were published in different Italian and foreign magazines. He is the author of a few books among which the orchestration treatise “Instrumentation in der Musik des 20", “Jahrhunderts”, “Akustik”, “Instrumente”, “Zusammenwirken” (co-author; 1985). A selection of his writings under the title of “Construction of Freedom and Other Writings” has been published (edited by Jürgen Thym).
Lombardi lives in Italy, on the shore of Albano Lake, in the outskirts of Rome.
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