Luca Ciarla is one of the most creative and surprising violinists nowadays. His music easily
transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic
seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and
contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and
concert series in more than thirty countries and on every continent; from the Montreal Jazz Festival
to the Melbourne Jazz Festival, from the National Arts Festival in South Africa to the Java Jazz
Festival in Indonesia, from the Esplanade in Singapore to the Italian Cultural Institute in New York,
from the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon to the Adriatico Mediterraneo Festival in Italy.
“Luca Ciarla has wooed the classical, jazz and folk crowds with his originality”
— Cover Magazine (Hong Kong)
A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca began playing violin and piano at the age of eight. By twelve he was
studying at the conservatory and few years later began exploring also jazz and improvisation, inspired by artists such as Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti and the Turtle Island Quartet. He received the “Diploma di Violino” in 1993 and then studied at the Fiesole School of Music and the European Union Music School of Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a master’s at the Indiana University and to study jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years.
Winner of several competitions in Italy and abroad, in 1999 he has been awarded by New York-based Chamber Music America. Luca Ciarla has recorded with several labels (Egea, Alfamusic, Felmay, Camjazz, Incipit, Violipiano) working with classical, jazz, folk and even rock musicians such as Greg Cohen, Daniele Sepe, Joshua Bell, Edgar Mayer, Daniele Scannapieco, Danilo Rea, Sylvain Gagnon, Anthony Fernandes, Andrea Piccioni, Simone Zanchini, Lello Pareti, Marco Siniscalco, Marina Rei, Blaine Whittaker, Mimmo Locasciulli, Luciano Biondini, Fabrizio Bosso, Sergio Cammariere, Rodolfo Maltese, Paola Turci, Waleed Abdulhamid, Luigi Tessarollo, Ferruccio Spinetti, Meklit Hadero and many more.
Founder of Violipiano Arts, an art production house created in Hong Kong in 2001, Luca also enjoys presenting master classes on creative violin playing.
“Luca Ciarla is an artist from Molise with a cosmopolite soul. Around the strings of his violin his gypsy touch blends with jazz, classical and folk sonorities, creating fun and funny restless music. Informal and casual, easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path.” Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)
“Playing in ‘real time’ against one or more repeated samples provides an approach to ‘music with repetitive structures’ (the phrase that Philip Glass prefers to the less-informative word ‘minimalism’) that can be achieved by a soloist whose technical skills extend to the demands of the sampler. It also requires cultivating a skill for identifying the samples that should be captured and using them to their most imaginative advantage. Luca Ciarla is a soloist with those skills.” Stephen Smoliar, The San Francisco Examiner (USA)
“If you want to label him you could say that he is a jazz musician, but his composite music education and his denial of mainstream jazz, make him much, and fortunately, unclassifiable.” Ciro De Rosa, BlogFoolk (Italy)
“With the artistic direction of Maestro Luca Ciarla, the Festival confirms also this year the quality of an intriguing program …” Repubblica.it (Italy)
“The evening was enriched by the presence of Luca Ciarla, virtuoso violinist from Termoli, invited by Daniele Sepe to join the band for the latest songs in the lineup. An 'improvisation' which merged with the exciting rhythms offered by the band.” Primonumero (Italy)
“The music of the Luca Ciarla Quartet cannot be labeled. It is neither jazz or classical, contemporary or folk. It contains elements of all these styles and even more, but the most prominent characteristic is imaginative power. It is music with color and feeling. Music without limits.” Elretha Britz, Volksblad (South Africa)
“Attenzione! Meet the Italian violinist Luca Ciarla. His quartet brought us into a new horizon where contemporary jazz, classical and ethnic ambiences blended in magic. As he often surprised his audiences everywhere he went, this time he did it once again at the Java Jazz Festival 2011. Grazie per la bella musica, Luca!” Jazzuality (Indonesia)