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Fernando De Luca

Fernando De Luca was born in Rome in 1961. He started to compose in the baroque idiom at 9 or before. At 14, he joined the Conservatory of Rome “Santa Cecilia” to study Organ and Piano, although his true passion was the Harpsichord.

Among the many musical experiences De Luca had during his early activity in Roman musical life, one of the most important was his apprenticeship with Mons. Domenico Bartolucci who was Maestro di Cappella (Kapell Meister / Chapel’s Master) for the Cappella Sistina in the Vatican. Here Fernando approached the study of Sacred Music, counterpoint and learnt the art of improvisation and composition. He graduated in 1987 (Piano, with V. De Vita) and 1992 (Harpsichord, with P. Bernardi) and in the same years, was a prizewinner in the AMR (Associazione Musicale Romana) and a harpsichord contest at “G.Rossini” Conservatory in Pesaro.

Fernando De Luca also plays in a number of Italian and European Baroque Festivals either as soloist or continuo player, including the Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia (Rome); Oratorio del Gonfalone (Rome, Via Giulia); Festival di mezza estate (Tagliacozzo); Estate Fiesolana; Villa Medici (Rome); Festival Barocco del Salento; Sagra Musicale Umbra (Segni Barocchi) and in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Norway and, more recently (May 2009) in Montreal (Canada) and UK (2011).

De Luca has been the first modern performer on the harpsichord (in a live concert) of Joseph Nicolas Pancrace Royer’s Opera Omnia. In addition to a very rich French repertoire, he has performed a number of world premieres from the English and German baroque productions, such as John Sheels, Thomas Chilcot, Richard Jones, Johann Kuhnau and George Frideric Handel.

In 1989, for the third centennial of death of Christina of Sweden, he founded a musical ensemble, “ET IN ARCADIA EGO”, specialized in Italian music of late XVII and early XVIII centuries. In 2006, he founded a non-profit and independent project, "LA SALA DEL CEMBALO DEL CARO SASSONE", a website aims at popularizing the Baroque Music for the Harpsichord with many hours of music recorded by himself and other professional musicians.

Currently Fernando lives in Rome and Venice, where, in addition to the musical composition, he is a member of the Period Instruments Orchestra “Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia” (directed by Paolo Pollastri), where he is the basso continuo player. He teaches “Harpsichord and ancient Keyboards” in the Conservatory “G.P. da Palestrina” in Cagliari.

Fernando De Luca is also known as "Falerno Ducande", his arcadian name.