Luigi Gaggero

Conductor, Cimbalom Artist, Percussionist

Luigi Gaggero has been performing as cimbalom and percussion player for 20 years and, more recently, as a conductor of contemporary music ensembles at the most important music festivals all over Europe (Royal Festival Hall & BBC Proms in London, Berliner & Salzburger Festspiele, Ultraschall-Festival, WDR Köln, NDR Hamburg,  Philharmonie de Paris, deSingel in Antwerp, Konserthuset in Goteborg, Venice and Salzburg Biennali, Milano Musica, Musica-Strasbourg, Radio France, Fundaçao Gulbenkian in Lisboa), in China and in New York (Carnegie Hall). 

He is the musical director of the
Ukho Ensemble Kyiv for contemporary music (Kiev), which he co-founded in 2015, and of the vocal ensemble La Dolce Maniera (Strasbourg), specialized in the interpretation of Italian baroque music, with which he recently published 2 CDs dedicated to Monteverdi and Gesualdo. Both have received great popular and critical acclaim.

His original interpretations approach
classical and contemporary pieces from the same point of view: in this way ancient music gets colored with the typical freedom of interpretation of contemporary music, which, in turn, despite of its complexity, abandons itself to the sweep of “classical” phrasing.

As a cimbalom player he regularly works, often as soloist, with the best orchestras in Europe: Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Sinfonieorchester des NDR Hamburg, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Münchener Kammerorchester, Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Münchener Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Freiburg and Frankfurt, Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Gürzenich-Orchester and WDR Köln, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchestre du Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra Mozart, Orchestra RAI di Torino, Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Kyiv Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica de la RTVE.

He is also requested as cimbalom soloist from contemporary music ensembles like Scharoun, Ensemble Intercontemporain, MusikFabrik, Modern, Avanti, Oriol, Resonanz, United Berlin, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Contrechamps, L’Itinéraire, Accroche Note, Spectra, Notabu, Remix and Gageego.

He has played under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Stefan Asbury, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös, Alpaslan Ertüngealp, Michael Gielen, Barbara Hannigan, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Jordan, Michail Jurowski, Ludovic Morlot, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Antonio Pappano, Zoltán Peskó, Andrea Pestalozza, Matthias Pintscher, Emilio Pomarico, Markus Poschner, Filip Rathé, Simon Rattle, Mark-Andreas Schlingensiepen, Markus Stenz, Arturo Tamayo and Mario Venzago.  

He is constantly searching for new sound possibilities on the cimbalom through the use of new techniques, and through collaboration with composers who have written for him, such as Claudio Ambrosini, Luca Antignani, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Konstantia Gourzi, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauro Lanza, Eric Maestri, Carla Magnan, Alessandro Solbiati, Ruth Wiesenfeld and Franck C. Yeznikian. He has recorded many of their works as well the complete works for cimbalom by György Kurtág for the labels Stradivarius, AEON and Neos.

Gaggero studied percussion and conducting with Andrea Pestalozza, who directed him towards a passionate study of 20th century music, and cimbalom with Márta Fábián in Budapest. He also studied percussion with Edgar Guggeis and Rainer Seegers at the
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he received a Diploma and soloist Diploma with honors.  He has been twice the winner of the Hanns Eisler-Preis for the interpretation of contemporary music.

He is the only professor of cimbalom in Western Europe: he teaches at the
Conservatoire and at the Académie Supérieure de musique in Strasbourg, where he also teaches percussion chamber music and conducts the ensemble for contemporary music of the students of the Académie.

January 2016. Not to be altered without permission.



Short Biography

Luigi Gaggero has been performing as cimbalom and percussion player for 20 years and, more recently, as a conductor of contemporary music ensembles at the most important music festivals all over Europe, in China and in New York (Carnegie Hall).  His original interpretations approach classical and contemporary pieces from the same point of view: in this way ancient music gets colored with the typical freedom of interpretation of contemporary music, which, in turn, despite of its complexity, abandons itself to the sweep of “classical” phrasing.

He is the musical director of the
Ukho Ensemble Kyiv for contemporary music, which he co-founded in 2015, and of the vocal ensemble La Dolce Maniera (Strasbourg), specialized in the interpretation of Italian baroque music, with which he recently published 2 CDs dedicated to Monteverdi and Gesualdo. Both have received great popular and critical acclaim.

As a cimbalom player he regularly works, often as soloist, with the best orchestras in Europe: Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Sinfonieorchester des NDR Hamburg, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Münchener Kammerorchester, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Münchener Philharmoniker, WDR Köln, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchestre du Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra Mozart, Kyiv Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica de la RTVE. He is also requested as cimbalom soloist from contemporary music ensembles like Scharoun, Ensemble Intercontemporain, MusikFabrik, Modern, Avanti, Oriol, Resonanz, United Berlin, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Contrechamps, L’Itinéraire, Accroche Note, Spectra, Notabu, Remix and Gageego.

He has played under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Stefan Asbury, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös, Barbara Hannigan, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Jordan, Ludovic Morlot, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Antonio Pappano, Andrea Pestalozza, Matthias Pintscher and Simon Rattle.

He is constantly searching for new sound possibilities on the cimbalom through the use of new techniques, and through collaboration with composers who have written for him, such as Claudio Ambrosini, Luca Antignani, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Konstantia Gourzi, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauro Lanza, Eric Maestri, Carla Magnan, Alessandro Solbiati, Ruth Wiesenfeld and Franck C. Yeznikian. He has recorded many of their works as well the complete works for cimbalom by György Kurtág for the labels Stradivarius, AEON and Neos.

Gaggero studied percussion and conducting with Andrea Pestalozza, who directed him towards a passionate study of 20th century music, and cimbalom with Márta Fábián in Budapest. He also studied percussion with Edgar Guggeis and Rainer Seegers at the
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he received a Diploma and soloist Diploma with honors.  He has been twice the winner of the Hanns Eisler-Preis for the interpretation of contemporary music.

He is the only professor of cimbalom in Western Europe: he teaches at the
Conservatoire and at the Académie Supérieure de musique in Strasbourg, where he also teaches percussion chamber music and conducts the ensemble for contemporary music of the students of the Académie.

January 2016. Not to be altered without permission.