Luca D'Alberto

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Luca D’Alberto
Birth nameLuca D’Alberto
Born (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 39)
OriginTeramo, Abruzzo, Italy
GenresFilm score, classical, experimental, electronica
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, producer, arranger
Instrument(s)Viola, violin, violectra, guitar, piano, synthesizer, multi-instrumentalist
Years active2004–present

Luca D’Alberto (born May 6, 1983) is an Italian composer, musician, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist hails from Teramo, Abruzzo.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Early life and background[edit]

D’Alberto was born and brought up in Teramo, Abruzzo. He completed his graduation in violin and viola summa cum laude with a Ministerial Mention in Italy. He studied with Clara Campi, Rocco De Massis (First Violist of "San Carlo Napoli"), Antonio Anselmi (First Violinist of "Musici Di Roma") Reiner Schmidt. As a winner of international selection, he attended the Music academy in Cremona and Milano studying with Bruno Giuranna and Simonide Braconi (First Viola in Scala, Milan). During his classical studies, he was also fascinated by other musical genres such as electronic music, rock, and experimental music.[9]


In 2004, D’Alberto collaborated with Xabier Iriondo, a former guitarist and founder of Italian rock band Afterhours, creating with him the experimental music project Choral Funis Dualitas.[10] In the same year, D'Alberto became a Violectra Official Player, testimonial of this particular instrument alongside the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty and Nigel Kennedy.[2] In 2007, he founded the project Ex. Wave with the pianist Lorenzo Materazzo and in the same year with this project, he released the album "Apri Gli Occhi" (Do it Yourself/EMI). In 2008, and in 2011, the legendary rock band Deep Purple chose Ex. Wave as an open act for the Milan live show (Teatro Smeraldo) and for the Verona live show (Arena di Verona).[11]

During 2012 and 2015, he decided to continue his artistic career as a soloist giving life to his projects ESTASI.[7] A project of music and dance that sees as guests some dancers from Tanztheater "Pina Bausch".[12]

In 2013, as a composer and performer, he took part in the Pina 40 festival;[12] a festival celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. At the same time, he began a long collaboration with the director Michele Placido and the director Costanza Quatriglio.[2]

In 2014, D’Alberto composed the original soundtrack for "9X10 novanta", "Lampedusani" with Erri De Luca directed by Costanza Quatriglio. In the same year, he composed the original soundtrack for "Prima di andar via" directed by Michele Placido and in 2015, for the original soundtrack for the movie "La scelta" directed by Michele Placido.[2] He started working with multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke and director Peter Greenaway and he composed the original soundtrack for many of their artistic installations and movies: “Obedience” (Judisches Museum Berlin),[13] Chtchoukine, Matisse, La Danse Et La Musique (Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris), H Is For Horse, H Is For Hope (Festival dei Due MondiSpoleto, Italy) Body Parts (Sala Veronica, Murcia, Spain.)[2]

During 2016 and 2017, he composed the original soundtrack for "Down the Volga, a river movie" directed by Saskia Boddeke and for the docufilm "The Greenaway alphabet" directed by Saskia Boddeke;[1] "The Greenaway alphabet" has been screened in the most important film festivals in the world. Saskia Boddeke, Peter Greenaway’s wife, makes a deeply personal portrait not only of the artist but also of Greenaway the father in his battle against time.[14]

In 2017, D’Alberto begins his collaboration with the classical violinist Ray Chen.[15] He released ‘ENDLESS, his first recording for Berlin-based, imprint 7K, it garnered worldwide attention and praised and was also nominated for a Libera Award in the Best Classical Album and Best Synch usage categories.[4] ENDLESS has been largely popularized through its inclusion in films, TV series, advertising and film trailers such: Wimbledon 2017 titled, "In Pursuit of Greatness: A Year in the Making" that features Rodger Federer, Apple “The archives”, National Lottery UK, CBS "Salvation", Viceland "Wediquette", "The happy prince" directed by Rupert Everett (Trailer music). In the album, "ENDLESS" D’Alberto played all the instruments which were engineered by Martyn Heyne (who's also worked with artists like Nils Frahm and Lubomyr Melnyk), with additional production by Henrik Schwarz. The world-renowned photographer Rahi Rezvani shoots the Official video for "Her dreams" one of the singles of the album.[4][5][6][16]

On the success of his first album, Luca released 'Endless Reworks', which was a remastered and remixed version of the original album, fusing traditional classical music compositions with the electronic world. The album features were reworked by artists as diverse as Robert Lippok, Fabian Russ, Machinefabriek, Dæmon Tapes, and label mates Hior Chronik and Niklas Paschburg. Many world-renowned producers, as Howie B, Populous, Richard Dorfmeister released remixes of Luca's tracks.[17]

In 2018, his next step with ‘Exile’, his second studio album and his second release with 7K!. In this album behind a solid classical formation, D’Alberto played all the instruments and in EXILE[18] used electronics as a means to amplify the expressive power of acoustic instruments such as piano, strings, drums of oriental tradition, gongs, and Tibetan quartz bells.[1] This delicate and sensitive operation was brought about in collaboration with Patrick Christensen aka PC Nackt, a prominent figure of the German music scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist who started the String Theory project and has produced various artists including Apparat.[19] In the same year, D'Alberto composed the original soundtrack for the movie "Sembra mio figlio" directed by Costanza Quatriglio, for the animated film "Mercurio" directed by Michele Bernardi and for this film he won the "Best Original Soundtrack" at Festival Internacional de Cine por la Memoria Democrática (FESCIMED).[1][20]

The success of his albums EXILE and ENDLESS led him to play in important festivals such as ESNS Eurosonic Festival[21] and in the prestigious location as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.[22] At the end of 2018, Tom Smith appreciated Luca D'Alberto's works and talked in his official interview with an Italian magazine about a future collaboration with him.

In 2019, D'Alberto composed the original soundtrack for the movie "La Misma Sangre" directed by Miguel Cohan.[23]


Music for theater[edit]

Music for installation Art[edit]

  • 2015: Obedience (Director: Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway)[14]
  • 2016: Chtchoukine, Matisse: La Danse et La Musique (Director: Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway)[34]
  • 2017: H is for Horse, H is for Hope (Director Saskia Boddeke. Script, artworks: Peter Greenaway)[35]
  • 2017: Body Parts (Director: Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway)[36]
  • 2018: Masters of modern art from the Hermitage (Director: Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway)[37]

Music for advertising[edit]

  • 2017: Wimbledon "In pursuit of Greatness: A Year in the Making"[3]
  • 2017: Apple "The archives"[3]

Music for cinema[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 Music Week Synch Award Sync Artist of the Year Nominated[42]
2018 Libera awards Best album & Best synch Nominated[43]
2018 Best Original Soundtrack for Mercurio Original Soundtrack Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Luca D'Alberto "Exile, il mio disco dall'esilio creativo"". Il Centro (in Italian). October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gianeselli, Irene (June 26, 2015). "Intervista di Irene Gianeselli al musicista Luca D'Alberto: la musica tra respiro ed estasi". Oubliette Magazine (in Italian).
  3. ^ a b c Finkelstein, Sabrina (July 17, 2017). "Italian Composer Luca D'Alberto Secures Apple And Wimbledon Synch Deals". Billboard.
  4. ^ a b c d "Composer Luca D'Alberto reveals 'Her Dreams' video directed by Rahi Rezvani". The Independent. January 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Chantepie, Ghislain (March 30, 2017). "Les cordes olympiennes de Luca D'Alberto". FIP (in Italian).
  6. ^ a b c "Endless – Music Coast To Coast". Music Coast To Coast (in Italian). May 26, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Soste. Fughe. La musica di Luca D'Alberto". Uzak (in Italian).
  8. ^ a b "ENDLESS, di Luca D'Alberto: la musica, lo spazio e il tempo". (in Italian). June 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Viola (Bruno Giuranna) – Fondazione W. Stauffer". Fondazione Stauffer.
  10. ^ "Interview – Luca D'Alberto : Italia". Suffisso Core (in Italian).
  11. ^ "Ex. Wave – Barley Arts". Barley Arts (in Italian).
  12. ^ a b Schmöe, Stefan. "Tänzer des Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch mit eigenen Choreographien zu Gast". Online Musik Magazin (in German).
  13. ^ "Obedience by Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway – Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway". Luperpedia Foundation.
  14. ^ a b c "The Greenaway Alphabet By Saskia Boddeke" (in Italian). Luperpedia Foundation.
  15. ^ "Ray Chen & Luca D'Alberto "Bach-Teaser"". SoundCloud.
  16. ^ a b "Luca d'Alberto sublime la tristresse sur son nouvel album". Les Inrockuptibles (in French). June 30, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Luca D'Alberto, in anteprima streaming 'Endless Reworks'". Rolling Stone (in Italian).
  18. ^ "Quick Hits: i 10 album da non perdere usciti a ottobre". Rolling Stone (in Italian).
  19. ^ "Mit Schönheit kennt sich der italienische Komponist Luca D'Alberto aus. Jetzt interessieren ihn auch die Abgründe". U magazine (in German).
  20. ^ a b "Sembra mio figlio – Locatmo Festival". Locarno Festival.
  21. ^ "Luca D'Alberto – Eurosonic Noorderslag". Eurosonic Noorderslag.
  22. ^ "Niklas Paschburg / Luca D'Alberto". Elbphilharmonie. July 7, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "La misma sangre (2019) – FilmAffinity". FilmAffinity.
  24. ^ "Così è…(se vi pare) di Luigi Pirandello". Teatrionline (in Italian).
  25. ^ "Michele Placido è Re Lear al Teatro Romano di Verona". Connesso Magazine (in Italian).
  26. ^ "Albertazzi in Puccini". Teatro Stabile di Torino (in Italian).
  27. ^ "Teatro: Michele Placido e' Verdi al Festival di Caracalla". Adnkronos (in Italian).
  28. ^ "III edizione Dante 2021 Di quella umile Italia". Accademia della Crusca (in Italian).
  29. ^ "Tänzer des Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch mit eigenen Choreographien zu Gast". Online Musik Magazin (in German).
  30. ^ "TRADIMENTI – regia Michele Placido". Sipario (in Italian).
  31. ^ "I DUELLANTI – Teatro della Pergola". Teatro della Pergola (in Italian).
  32. ^ "LORA DI RICEVIMENTO – Teatro della Pergola". Teatro della Pergola (in Italian).
  33. ^ "Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore". Teatro Quirino (in Italian).
  34. ^ "Chtchoukine, Matisse, La Danse Et La Musique By Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway". Luperpedia Foundation.
  35. ^ "H Is For Horse, H Is For Hope By Saskia Boddeke". Luperpedia Foundation.
  36. ^ "La Sala Verónicas de Murcia muestra la mirada del artista y cineasta Peter Greenaway sobre el cuerpo humano". Región de Murcia Digital (in Spanish).
  37. ^ "Review: Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, AGNSW". ArtsHub. October 17, 2018.
  38. ^ "Prima Di Andar Via". Torino Film Festival (in Italian).
  39. ^ "9x10 Novanta – Cagliari Film Festival". Cagliari Film Festival (in Italian).
  40. ^ "Lontana da me – Palomar – Television and Film production". Palomar (in Italian).
  41. ^ "Mercurio – Cineclandestino". Cineclandestino (in Italian).
  42. ^ "Music Week Sync Awards 2017: Second shortlist revealed". Music Week. September 19, 2017.
  43. ^ Knopper, Steve (June 18, 2018). "The 2018 A2IM Libera Awards Will Be a Declaration of Independents". Billboard.

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