Gianluca Febo

Principal

Violin II

Gianluca Febo was born in Pescara in Italy. He studied the violin with Carlo Ricci and Juliu Hamza at the Alfredo Casella Conservatory in L'Aquila, with Roberto Michelucci and Piero Farulli at the Fiesole College of Music and with Gunars Larsens at the Lucerne College of Music. He was also influenced by attending the master classes of Franco Gulli and Rudolf Baumgartner.

He has performed with numerous Italian symphony and chamber orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Lucerne, Berne and Biel, Les Virtuoses de Strasbourg and the Mainz Chamber Orchestra.

On the personal recommendation of Claudio Abbado, Gianluca Febo is increasingly devoting himself to conducting. In April 2002 he graduated in conducting from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, where he was taught by maestro Donato Renzetti. He afterwards perfected his style and technical abilities with Alois Koch in Lucerne and Carlo Maria Giulini in Milan.

Among the ensembles he has conducted are the «innovarte ensemble», the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, the Zug Sinfonietta, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Sejong Chamber Orchestra in Seoul and the Symphony Orchestra of Biel Solothurn, as well as Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in Olten and Grenchen, both in Switzerland, Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Dublin Opera and Rossini's Barber of Seville at the Lismore Music Festival in Ireland.

Gianluca Febo is professor of violin at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Como and lives with his family in Lugano.

Gianluca and the Lucerne Festival Strings

Gianluca Febo has played principal in the Lucerne Festival Strings for many years, having become a permanent member of the orchestra in 1994 at the request of Rudolf Baumgartner. His commitment to the ensemble makes him indispensable.

He plays a Gagliano violin of 1737, put at his disposal by the Lucerne Festival Strings Foundation.