When & Where
via Balbi 2/4, Piovera
Old Castle’s depot
Sunday 9 June, 5:00 pm
Free entry while seats are available.
From 3.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. a guided tour of the Castle will be held as part of the “Castelli Aperti” exhibition. Check the website for information and costs regarding the visit at: www.castellodipiovera.it
Admission to the concert is free.
“The Paganini of the accordion”
Caprice No. 13 in B-flat Major Op. 1
Caprice No. 15 in E Minor Op. 1
Adagio From Violin Concerto No.6 In E Minor
Caprice No. 19 in E-flat Major Op. 1
Caprice No. 20 in D Major Op. 1
“La Campanella” from Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor Op. 7
Caprice No. 21 in A Major Op. 1
Caprice No. 24 in A Minor
Sonata movimento perpetuo MS 66 (Perpetuela)
Adagio flebile con sentimento from Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, MS 60
Le streghe, Op. 8 (Variations on a theme from Süssmayr’s ‘Il noce di Benevento’ for violin and orchestra)
Il Carnevale di Venezia in F Major Op. 10 (arrangement by Gianluca Campi)
Born in Genoa in 1976, began studying accordion at the age of 11, under the guidance of Giorgio Bicchieri, and harmony, with Paolo Conti. At the age of 12 he participated and won the international competition of Vercelli for accordion and later he participated in the Italian championship, held in Genoa, where he ranked again in 1st place, gaining enormous success.
At 13 he took part in the international competition in Vercelli again, finishing in 1st place and receiving the compliments of Wolmer Beltrami, who called him an “enfant prodige” and the “Paganini of the accordion”. Later he studied with important masters such as Gianluca Pica and Jacques Mornet.
In 2000 he won the world accordion trophy, held in Alcobaça in Portugal. He has performed in numerous concert venues (Sala Grande of the G. Verdi Conservatory and Sala Puccini for the Milan Concert Society, Teatro Carlo Felice and Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina, Teatro Modena in Genoa, Casa Paganini Theater in Genoa, Verdi Theater of Sestri Ponente, Social Theater of Stradella, Auditorium Montecchio of Alzano Lombardo, Verdi Theater of San Severo, etc.) and in various International Festivals (Aosta, Milan, Freiburg, Cogne, Paganini Carro Festival, Neckar- Musik Festival, etc ..)
In 1998 he collaborated with the orchestra of the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, performing Paul Hindemit’s Kammermusik 1 in various Italian Theaters and abroad under the guidance of director Gianmarco Bosio. He has played as a solo accordion in many prestigious orchestras, such as that of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, conducted by the Maestro and Composer Nicola Piovani. He currently works with the Poseidon Orchestra conducted by Maestro Roberto Bacchini.
From 2002 he collaborates with the Magnasco Quintet performing original or transcribed music, composed from the eighteenth century to the present, always with great philological attention and consequent feedback from critics and the public. Since 2005 together with the pianist Claudio Cozzani he has formed the Duo Gardel, duo that carries out intense concert activity. Various collaborations are also found with the great international singer-songwriter Bruno Lauzi. He is currently the only performer in the world of the “M.Dallapè” Liturgical accordion, the rarity of the event as well as of the instrument itself is the fact that for the first time no one outside the Vatican walls had had the privilege of doing a concert.
He has recorded various CDs: for the following record companies: Dryno Records, Il Melograno, Philarmonia, and in particular in 2006 he published for Phoenix Classics a CD entirely dedicated to Niccolò Paganini elaborating the Capricci and Concerts by the great Genoese composer. This recording has received various reports from specialized magazines and in particular from the famous magazine “Musica” has been called “exceptional”. Along with his intense concert activity, he also teaches teaching. He is currently a lecturer at the Genovese E.Mancini Music Center and holds master classes in various Italian and German cities. he is often a member of the jury for the most important national and international accordion competitions. He is also the author of various accordion compositions also published by Edizioni Berben and Sonytus.
“Gianluca Campi is a virtuoso of the first order … not only is he able to perform an impressive number of notes in the shortest possible time, but he conducts the phrasing so as to always keep the emotional tension high …
it makes its instrument sing and speak, exploiting all its agogic and dynamic possibilities”