Concert review from "Classical Sonoma,"
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
July 27, 2019
"Felix Mendelssohn’s D Major Cello Sonata (Op. 58) was performed by Ms. Tomkins and pianist Christian De Luca, the latter giving a brief talk on the fortepiano being used. It was built in 1841, with Viennese action enabling a light transparent touch suitable for the cascades of fast passages in Mendelssohn’s music. The four movements had exciting aural stories to impart. The first allegro assai vivace was brisk, impassioned, pushing ever forward until the triumphant ending. Ms. Tomkins played as if possessed and Mr. De Luca was a powerhouse of energy, yet never covering the cello. The allegretto scherzando was played by the pianist with humor and charm, cello pizzicato complementing, balance and blend always lovely. In the adagio movement the piano part starts with broken harp-like chorale chords, creating a spiritual atmosphere which the cello interrupts with a recitative chromaticism contributing to a highly expressive and tragic lament. This is very great writing for cello-piano duo.
The finale of this sonata begins with shocking chords, then terrified scrambling into wild ecstatic passages, dazzling passagework, a moment’s quiet, and the final dash to the exhilarating conclusion. There was an immediate standing ovation for this excellent performance."
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Christian De Luca wins the 1st edition of the International Early Piano Competition in Berkeley, CA
June 7, 2018
"Congratulations to Christian De Luca on winning the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition's International Early Piano Competition on June 7th, 2018! And congratulations to finalists Anastasia Chin and David Belkovski as well for their beautiful performances today - all three of these young musicians are incredibly talented, and it was a joy for us and the audience to see them perform. We look forward to seeing them all again in the future! As part of the competition prize, Christian will join us in a concert sometime next season (stay tuned for details). And you can come see him on the stage of Valley of the Moon Music Festival this July in Sonoma, where he joins us for our Apprenticeship Program." #vmmfsonoma #2018BFX #earlypiano
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Christian De Luca debuts on fortepiano with the American Classical Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
American Classical Orchestra (ACO) today announces its programming for the 2018/19 season, the orchestra’s 34th year of presenting historically accurate, engaging, and educational concerts led by Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford. ACO performs four concerts resented in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and two salon concerts in a private venue. ACO is joined this season by an illustrious group of acclaimed period performance soloists including violinists Krista Bennion Feeney and Aisslinn Nosky, pianist Christian De Luca, and flutist Sandra Miller.
ACO kick odd its 2018-2019 season on Wednesday, September 26 2018 at 8:00pm in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with Mozart Serenade, featuring festive music by Mozart. ACO is joined by
violinist Krista Bennion Feeney in Mozart’s Haffner Serenade, an hourlong work performed interspersed throughout the evening, as it would have been done in the 1700s. Pianist Christian De Luca, a virtuosic Juilliard historical performance masters student, makes his Lincoln Center debut on fortepiano in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.
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Christian De Luca is selected as one of the 5 Apprentices for the Valley Of The Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, CA
This summer the Valley of the Moon Music Festival returns to the Hanna Center in Sonoma for a musical journey to Vienna, July 15 - 29. The Festival will explore some of the most influential music composed in this central European capital: from a lesser-known Oboe Quartet by Vanhal (1771), through the chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, to Schoenberg's Second String Quartet (1908). To put the music in perspective, this season the Festival presents the inaugural Blattner Lecture Series featuring world-renowned experts in the fields of music and history. In addition, every concert will be followed by tastings from outstanding Sonoma winemakers.
In addition to presenting nearly two dozen featured artists, each summer the Festival also welcomes a new cohort of apprentices from around the United States and beyond, pre-professional musicians with an interest in historic instruments. Apprentices are invited to perform in the final four concerts of the Festival. On Saturday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m., the Festival will also present a pre-concert performed by the Apprentice string quartet. This year's apprentices are Sarah Bleile (Canada), violin; Madeleine Bouissou (Connecticut), cello; Christian De Luca (Italy), piano; Susannah Foster (Boston), violin; and Lauren Nelson (Boston), viola.
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View the article by Abby Wasserman posted on the July/August issue of the Sonoma Magazine here.