Gian Luca Lastraioli
Gian Luca Lastraioli was born in Florence in 1957. He started his professional career as lutenist and theorbist in 1982 participating in concerts and early music festivals in Italy, France, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Israel, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Brasil, joining some of the most prestigeous ensembles specialized in the performance of early music repertoire such as The Harp Consort, The Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Modo Antiquo, Pro Cantione Antiqua, The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
Both as a continuo player and/or a conductor he has recorded over fifty cd released by the most important European recording labels, among which the first world recordings of the Medici Ballet Suites by Lorenzo Allegri, the opera L’Aurora Ingannata by Girolamo Giacobbi, and the first monographic collections of works by several Italian Early Baroque composers such as Francesca Caccini, Enrico Radesca, Carlo Milanuzzi and Cosimo Bottegari.
Gian Luca Lastraioli is professor of Lute at the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito in Parma and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He has been invited as a guest professor by Pepperdine University (USA), James Madison University (USA), Universitad Federal do Paraibo (Brasil) and other academical institutions and programmes.
In 2007 he has been appointed Maestro della Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini (Florence) and since 2012 he has been Artistic Director and Musical Conductor of the European Lute Orchestra.
He is vice president of the Società Italiana del Liuto.
As a musicologist and a researcher he has edited several editions of lute music, such as the complete works by Giulio Cesare Barbetta, Pietro Paolo Borrobo, Joan Ambrosio Dalza, Giovanni Zamboni.