Italian Maestro

At 20 years old, the pianist Gianluca Marcianò, a graduate of the Music Academy of Florence, realized that he wanted not just to play but to create music. Now he is one of the most famous young conductors in the world. At the 3rd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition in 2016, Marciano was among 16 jurors. And on 17 September 2017, in the new anniversary season, Gianluca Marcianò will appear in front of the Belarusian audience in a new status of the theatre’s guest principal conductor. The maestro will conduct a performance of Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Gianluca conducts throughout the world. Marcianò has close ties with opera houses of England, Czech Republic, and Italy. His previous posts included principal conductor at the HNK Opera in Zagreb, music director and principal conductor at the Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Georgia), guest conductor of the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyiv Camerata ensemble of soloists, Gli Armonici Orchestra. Now he is the artistic director at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.
"I feel at home wherever I am at that moment,’ Marciano smiles. ‘Of course, when I come to Italy, to my family, parents, to the town where I was born and grew up, I feel that I am at home. I am in Minsk and I'm at home, I will go to Tbilisi or London, and I will feel comfortable in these cities. Armenia is my second home, there my wife and her family live. And this country is certainly important for me, even if I spend five days there, and the remaining 360 days abroad. It’s fantastic! But I love visiting different countries, learning their traditions and languages, meeting new people. The life of a conductor is endless journeys. And I like it!.."

The maestro’s repertoire includes opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Umberto Giordano, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, Francis Poulenc, and others. "But the two guys who have changed my life are Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi,” says Gianluca. “Of course, I'm a musician, and I am obsessed with my profession, so I love Giordano, and Mascagni, and Leoncavallo, and Rossini. And the incredible Tchaikovsky! I sometimes think that Tchaikovsky is a Russian Puccini, and Puccini is an Italian Tchaikovsky. But! It’s the music of Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi that flows in my blood. It is absolutely true!.."

‘The conductor is the leader of musicians with whom he is on the same level of knowledge and skill,’ the maestro continues. ‘But he is a leader because he knows the ultimate goal of hard work, makes you give 100% (not 80, but 100!), and who finds a common language with every player. The conductor is a psychologist who understands who he works with and therefore reacts to every situation, adapts to it and finds the right approach to any member of his team. From the very first rehearsal, you must explain to the musicians what you want from them and what to achieve. The job of a conductor is to make the team completely trust him, to follow him without looking back, and moreover, to make them see things through his eyes. By the way, there can’t be friends at work, I have long been convinced. These concepts should be split. As they say, lend your money and lose your friend. For me, for instance, the discipline in the orchestra is of great importance. I myself am never late, thanks to my parents, who fostered this feature. I prefer arriving half an hour earlier than being a minute late. Yes, the conductor is a leader, a coach, a psychologist, but in no case a dictator! Authority is to be earned only through knowledge and respect. Never through force!’