Luigi Piovano

Luigi Piovano

Luigi Piovano

Principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, Luigi Piovano has been enjoying a constantly growing international recognition both as a cellist and as a conductor. Since 2007 he has been playing regularly in a duo with Antonio Pappano.


    Piovano's rapidly expanding career has placed him as soloist under the batons of such conductors as Chung, Pletnev, Nagano, Menuhin, Boreyko and Payare, among others, performing with orchestras as Tokyo Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

    He first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the “Pollini Project” in 1999, which brought forth a highly-successful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Rome.

    In addition to regular concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, as an avid and sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Piovano has taken part in numerous prominent collaboration with such celebrated artists as Pollini, Chung, Sawallisch, Sitkovetsky, Kavakos, Ehnes, Bilson, Lugansky, the Labèque sisters and Antonio Pappano, with whom has been regularly performing in duo setting since 2007, and from 2009 to 2019 he has been a member of Latitude 41 Piano Trio. He made his Newport Music Festival debut in 2000 and has been a regular invitee ever since.

    His recordings include Bach Six Cello Suites, the complete music for cello of Saint-Saëns, Schubert Trio op. 100 and the complete Trios of Saint-Saëns with Latitude 41 Piano Trio, all for the French label Eloquentia, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Dmitry Sitkovetsky for Nimbus.

    Recently he has recorded the two Brahms Sonatas and Martucci Due Romanze op. 72 in duo with Antonio Pappano for a CD which will be released by Arcana in 2020.

    Among his most recent engagements as a soloist, duo recitals with Sir Antonio Pappano in Italy and in Brussels at the Bozar, the debuts with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung and with Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano performing Brahms Double Concerto together with Veronika Eberle, the world première of Péter Zombola new Cello Concerto in Budapest, a chamber music program with Dmitry Sitkovetsky at the Penderecki Festival in Poland, Isang Yun Cello Concerto with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and concerts with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and Hyogo PAC Orchestra.

    Among his forthcoming engagements as a soloist, duo recitals with Sir Antonio Pappano in Rome, Padova and Florence, Beethoven Triple Concerto and Ciaikovskij Rococo Variations in Rome with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra.

    Mr. Piovano plays an Alessandro Gagliano dated 1710.