Lapo Vannucci was born in Florence in 1988. He began his studies with Riccardo Bini and then continued at the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence, where he graduated summa cum laude with Alfonso Borghese. With Borghese he has attended a Highly Specialising Training at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and he has also attended masterclasses with Arturo Tallini, Alvaro Company, Francesco Romano, Frédéric Zigante and Stefano Viola. He achieved also the Master Degree summa cum laude, and he then specialised with Alberto Ponce and Tania Chagnot at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot”, where he achieved the Diplôme Supérieur d’exécution and the prestigious Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste.
He has won several national and international competitions (Liburni Civitas, Città di Piove di Sacco (PD), Città di Massa, Città di San Sperate (CA), Città di Asti, Mendelsshon Cup di Taurisano (LE), Riviera Etrusca, Città di Grosseto, Riviera della Versilia, “Davide Lufrano Chaves”), both as a soloist and in different chamber music ensembles.
He teaches in several important musical institutes and is the artistic director for the Guitar Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi”. He is currently professor of guitar at Foggia’s “U. Giordano” Conservatory, sezione staccata di Rodi Garganico.
He regularly performs in prestigious musical institutes and festivals both in Italy and abroad (in Malta, for the Victoria International Arts Festival, in Japan for a sixteen-concert tour, in Germany for the Havelländische Musikfestspiele in Berlin, for the Neckar Musikfestival in Weinsberg (Stuttgart) and for the Meisterkonzerte concert season in Fürstenzell (Bayern), in Spain for the renowned Fundación Andrés Segovia in Linares and for the Festival Internacional de Música S’Agaró, in France at Salle Cortot in Paris and in several cities in Romania: Bucarest, Onesti, Bacau, Ramnicu Valcea, Botosani).
He has performed the première of pieces by Teresa Procaccini, Luigi Giachino, Francesco De Santis, Ian C. Scott, Matteo Pittino, Albino Taggeo, Giuseppe Crapisi and the concert for guitar and orchestra by the composer Francesco Di Fiore.
He recorded the cd “Italian Music for Guitar and Piano” for the label Velut Luna. The cd, recorded with Luca Torrigiani, contains four absolute premieres.
The guitar he plays has been built for him by the Japanese luthier Masaki Sakurai.
The artistic career of Luca Torrigiani began in 1992, with a prestigious tournée in Japan, where he also held a private concert in honour of the Imperial family.
He studied at the Florentine school of music, where he obtained top grades in pianoforte, organ and organ composition at the “L. Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence, under the guidance of Maestros Stefano Fiuzzi and Mariella Mochi. At the same Conservatory, he then graduated with a full honours degree at the two-year II level specialisation course with Daniela De Santis.
He then attended the international perfection course with Piernarciso Masi, graduating in chamber music at the international piano academy “Incontri col Maestro” of Imola, where he obtained his master diploma (with the maximum grades possible). Hector Moreno, Alexander Lonquich, Frank Wibaut and Jörg Demus have also contributed to his training.
He has had an intense schedule of concerts for many years, playing all over Europe, North and South America, Asia and in all the most important concert halls: Salamanca Hall, Chomin Kaikan, Clara Saal Hall as well as venues in Rome, Milan, Bari, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Barcelona, Bucharest, New York, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich etc.
He has headlined as soloist with important orchestras, such as the Ramnicu Valcea “Ion Dumitrescu” Philharmonic, the Bacau “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic, the Bari “Euroorchestra”, the Mexican State Symphonic Orchestra, the Botosani State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sanremo Symphonic Orchestra.
For some years now, he has focused mainly on a repertoire of chamber music. He is a founder, with Davide Bandieri (principle clarinet in the Luasanne Chamber orchestra) of the Prevert Duo, which has been awarded many first prizes in national and international competitions, including: Città di Grosseto Competition, Città di Casarza Liguria Competition, Città di San Giuliano Terme “Miroirs” Competition, the Città di Pietra Ligure and the Città di Racconigi International Competition, the Ortona National Competition, the “Riviera della Versilia” Competition, the “Menicagli” compitition in Livorno and the “Luigi Nono” Competition at Venaria in Turin, the Città di Montescudo Competition, “Fidapa” in the Città di Pisa and Città di Manerbio in Bolsano. In March 2002 he received a special mention for the best execution of Brahms at the Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition.
His great passion for chamber music has led him to enlarge his repertoire and use unusual formations: in a duo with the guitarist Lapo Vannucci and in a trio with the flautist Rieko Okuma and Lapo Vannucci. These formations have attracted the attention of numerous contemporary composers: Francesco De Santis, Luigi Giachino, Francesco Di Fiore, Albino Taggeo, Matteo Pittino and Giuseppe Crapisi all of whom have dedicated compositions to the trio. The Velut Luna label has recently published a CD with music by 20th century Italian composers for guitar and pianoforte.
He is also active in the teaching field and has taught at the conservatories of Adria, Bari, Vibo Valentia, and Trapani. He is currently professor of piano at Padova’s “Pollini” Conservatory. Thanks to the numerous successes gained by his students, he has won many awards for teaching in numerous piano competitions. Furthermore, he often sits on the jury of prestigious national and international competitions and is the Artistic Director of the Rospigliosi Music and Culture Association that for years has been behind one of the most renowned national musical instrument competitions.
Close friends Lapo Vannucci and Luca Torrigiani formed their duo in 2010 with the intent of exploring new ways of presenting music for guitar and piano. Both graduated with honors from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence and have continued to develop within their fields studying at prestigious music institutions, such as the “Incontri col Maestro” Academy in Imola, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and the “Alfred Cortot” École Normale de Musique de Paris. In tandem with their intense programs of solo appearances, the duo regularly perform in Italy and abroad, to unanimous acclaim. The critics applaud their great communicative capacity and the constant attention paid to the beauty of their sound. They are particularly active on the contemporary music scene, and have premièred pieces dedicated to them by composers Luigi Giachino, Giuseppe Crapisi and Teresa Procaccini. They have played as soloists with important orchestras around the world: with the “Filarmonic Botosani”, the Râmnicu Vâlcea Philarmonic “Ion Dumitrescu” and the Bacău Philharmonic “Mihail Jora” in Romania, with the “Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico” and in Italy with the “EurOrchestra” of Bari and the “Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo”. They premiered Trilogy Project: a guitar and orchestra concerto, a piano and orchestra concerto and one double concert for guitar, piano and a string orchestra, written by Francesco Di Fiore for the duo. They recorded the cd “Italian Music for Guitar and Piano” which contains four world première recordings.
Dal 2010 Lapo Vannucci e Luca Torrigiani formano un duo nato da un profonda amicizia, con l'intento di esplorare nuovi ambiti della musica per chitarra e pianoforte.
Entrambi laureati con lode al Conservatorio "Luigi Cherubini" di Firenze, approfondiscono gli studi presso prestigiose istituzioni musicali quali l'Accademia "Incontri col Maestro" di Imola, la Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, l'École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot".
Parallelamente all’intensa attività solistica, come duo si esibiscono regolarmente in Italia e all'estero, ricevendo ovunque unanimi consensi. La critica ne esalta la grande capacità comunicativa e l'attenzione costante alla bellezza del suono. Particolarmente attivi nell'ambito della musica contemporanea, hanno eseguito in prima assoluta brani a loro dedicati dei compositori Luigi Giachino, Giuseppe Crapisi e Teresa Procaccini. Con la Filarmonica “Ion Dumitrescu” di Râmnicu Vâlcea, la Filarmonica “Mihail Jora” di Bacău, Orquesta Sinfónica del estado de México, EurOrchestra da camera di Bari e l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo hanno eseguito "Tre Paesaggi": un concerto per chitarra, pianoforte e orchestra d'archi scritto per il duo dal compositore Francesco Di Fiore. Inoltre recentemente, hanno portato a termine il progetto “Concerto Trilogy” eseguendo i tre concerti dedicati a loro, per chitarra e orchestra, pianoforte e orchestra, chitarra – pianoforte e orchestra d’archi del compositore Francesco Di Fiore con la Filarmonica “Mihail Jora” di Bacău. Per la casa discografica “Velut Luna” è uscito il CD Italian Music for Guitar and Piano: “…il chitarrista Lapo Vannucci e il pianista Luca Torrigiani si intendono così bene da generare una sola superficie sonora, opalescente. Pare che i colori dell’iride si reverberino, moltiplicandosi, attraverso un cristallo. Tale è la sintonia di timbri e sensibilità fra i due, che suonano come un’unica cordiera.” [Gregorio Moppi “la Repubblica”]
Guitar / Piano Duo (Italy)
Lapo Vannucci – Guitar
Luca Torrigiani - Piano
Corale “Num Komm’ der Heiden Heiland” (pianoforte solo)
Deuxieme Aire dal “Mosè” di Gioacchino Rossini
Ludwig van Beethoven
Variazioni sopra un tema del Flauto magtrascritte per pianoforte e chitarra da Ferdinando Carulli (op. 169)
Gran solo op. 14 (chitarra)
Grande Sonata op. 102
Recuerdos de la Alhambra per chitarra (chitarra sola)
da “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” - Ouverture
Tarnów, 19th.09.2020 - at 7.pm
Concert Hall of Music Conservatory in Tarnow