BIOGRAPHY

Concert with Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria)
Concert at the Migjeni Theater, Shkoder, Albania
With my dear piano
With my Maestro Aldo Ciccolini and my family
Award ceremony at the International Competition of Musical Composition in the Jewish tradition
Performance of my Opera "Io e l'altro", Paola, Italy
Guest of the program "L'ultimo grido", Radio Classica, Milan

Composer, pianist and conductor, Lodi Luka was born in Shkoder (Albania) in 1980 in a musicians family.

His compositions has been performed in Italy (Festival of the Two Worlds of Spoleto, Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music Rome, Puccini Hall of Milan Conservatoy, XX International Stage of Saxofone in Fermo, Clarinet Festival in Adria, Filarmonica Laudamo Messina, "L.Russolo" Theater in Portogruaro, "A.Rendano" Theater in Cosenza, Chigiana Academy of Siena etc.), Spain (Conservatorio de Getafe Madrid), Austria (University for Music and the Performing Arts of Graz), USA (Stanford University, Rhode Island University, Colorado Spring College, WPTA Association Missouri, Wesport Center for the Arts), France (International "SaxOpen" Festival in Strasburg), Albania, Mexico, Poland (Wroclaw Academy of Music), Croatia (World Saxophone Congress - Zagreb University of Music), Kosovo, Canada, Uruguay, Thailand. His musical language often combines elements of Albanian folk music with different influences of today's music and classical music. His catalog includes music for orchestra, soloists and orchestra, chamber and piano music. He is the author of two chamber operas: "Io e l’altro" (Me and the other, 2008) and “Il Sogno” (The Dream, 2009) represented at the Theatre Tieri and the Conservatory of Cosenza and later replicated in different theaters and concert seasons.

In 2017 he won the first prize at the International Composition Competition in Jewish tradition with the composition "Shirah" for viola and strings that was also broadcast on the Raidue TV channel and Rai Radio Tre. In 2019 he won the first prize at the International Composition Competition "Maria Quintieri Prize" with the string quartet "Archaic Visions". His compositions are published by Forton Music (England), Preludio Music (Milan), Accademia 2008, and Da Vinci Pubblishing (Osaka - Japan).

He performed for various institutions, associations and concert seasons in the most important Italian cities: Milan (Coop Concerts, Piano City, Spazio Teatro 89, Sala Puccini), Naples (Palacongressi, Piano City), Rome (A.Gi.Mus), Turin, Parma (Casa della Musica), Bari (Petruzzelli Theater), Messina (Laudamus Philharmonic), Salerno (Duomo), Cosenza (Rendano Theater and Casa della Musica), Portogruaro (Russolo Theater), Reggio Calabria (Cilea Theater), Brindisi (Brindisi Classica), Gorizia (Lantieri Palace), Varese etc. and abroad in Spain (Sons dell'Interior, Morella), Greece (37 Karditsa International Festival), Austria (University of Music and Fine Arts of Graz), Albania (Opera Theater of Tirana and Migjeni Shkoder Theater) , Bulgaria.

Come direttore d’orchestra ha collaborato con la Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), l’orchestra da camera “I musici di Parma”, l’Orchestra Filarmonica di Bacau (Romania), l’Orchestra Italiana di Arpe,  Venice Chamber Orchestra, Milano Music Simphony Orchestra, l’Ensemble barocco di Messina, l’Orchestra degli Incontri Musicali Mediterranei e l’ensemble di musica contemporanea “L’Altro Ensemble” da lui fondato.

He began his career as a piano soloist and he performing with The Youth Orchestra of Shkoder in 1998 the concerto in D major of F.J.Haydn. He has performed also with the National Orchestra of Moldova and with the Bulgarian orchestras of Vidin and Pazardjik under the direction of Ovidiu Balan, Giuseppe Mallozzi and Valentin Doni.

In 2015, together with the clarinetist Antonino Serratore, he founded the Duo New Visions with which he holds numerous concerts, preferring a varied repertoire and collaborations with some of the best Italian composers  

He started studying piano at the music school in his hometown when he was six, and he received his Diploma in 1998 from the College of Music “Prenke Jakove” in Shkoder. Since then he has been living in Italy, where he received a Piano Diploma from the Milan Conservatory, a Diploma in Composition from the Conservatory in Cosenza studying with Vincenzo Palermo and Elisabetta Brusa, a master degree in Music Education and a master degree in Piano Teaching from the Conservatory in Cosenza.

He studied orchestra conducting with Ovidiu Balan and Pietro Mianiti, specializing in opera conducting at the "Milan Music Master Opera Academy".

The meeting with the great French-Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini with who he studied in Paris and Naples was very important for his musical training.
In 2009 he did an internship as a “maestro collaboratore” at the prestigious Vienna State Opera, collaborating with famous singers and conductors. He attended the course of film music composition at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with the Oscar winner Luis Bakalov, obtaining the Diploma of Merit.

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