Giorgio Pugliaro was born in Turin in 1954. After studying classical languages at high school, he followed the degree courses taught by Massimo Mila and Giorgio Pestelli at the University of Turin, and graduated with full honours in the Department of History of Music.
Regular music critic for the daily newspapers “Gazzetta del Popolo” and “Stampa Sera”, he has contributed to many newspapers, magazines and music reviews (La Gazzetta del Popolo, l’Unità, Stampa sera, Nuovasocietà, Piemonte, Piano Time, Il Giornale della Musica, Ritmo, Il Fronimo, La Musica, and I concerti dell’Unione Musicale), working with the RAI and many other Italian and international music bodies (Teatro Regio-Torino, Auditorium Rai-Torino, Settimane Musicali-Stresa, Settembre Musica-Torino, Riki Haertelt-Torino, Unione Musicale-Torino, Stefano Tempia-Torino, Musica nel nostro tempo-Milano, Concerts de musique française-Aosta, Concerti in Levanto, Orchestra da camera di Torino, Serate Musicali-Milano, Accademia Strumentale Italiana-Parma, Estate Arte e Musica-Aosta).
Pagliaru founded the annual review of Italian opera, Opera – Annuario EdT dell’opera lirica in Italia (he was editor of the first sixteen issues). For the Italian Council of Music, (Cidim-Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica, a member of CIM-Unesco) he was responsible for planning and setting up the Banca Dati Musicale Italiana (Music Database for Italy), a project for digitalized documentation of the world of music that places Italy among the most innovative nations in this field. Again for Cidim, he is a member of the artistic commission tasked with organizing musical events (Nuove Carriere) that are intended to promote the careers of young Italian musicians, in Italy and internationally.
As well as authoring many of the entries in the Italian encyclopedia of music and musicians (Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti, published by UTET), Pugliaro contributes to the MGG universal encyclopedia of music (Bärenreiter) and the Italian Dictionary of Biography (Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani – Treccani), and has written many essays and articles, particularly on the Classical era (Don Giovanni e della libertà, Teatro Regio, Torino, 2004), on 20th century music institutions (Il teatro musicale degli anni Novanta in Italia, published in Il costo del melodramma, a special issue on the economics of culture (Economia della Cultura, Il Mulino, Bologna 2004), as well as providing the programme notes for hundreds of concert performances. He is also the editor of the Music section of Nova (the latest edition of the Grande Dizionario Enciclopedico) for UTET publishing house.
Professor Pigliaru has transcribed many compositions from the classical period for a variety of instruments and ensembles, transcriptions which have been performed for the public. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and presents radio programmes on music (in particular, several series of programmes for the RAI national network), is a member of judging panels for international competitions for music performance (including Pinerolo, Taranto, Vercelli, Vittorio Veneto), has taught in the Department of performing arts (Dutars) at the “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice (Theory and Techniques for the recording of music performance), in Higher Music Schools and in the Conservatories of Aosta, Novara, Turin and Cuneo, before returning to Turin, where he holds the Chair of History of Music and History and Aesthetics of Music and currently teaches several subjects in the undergraduate and graduate degree courses.
While at the Conservatory of Cuneo he was a member of the Academic Council and of the Administrative Council. Professor Pigliaru teaches and forms part of the Administrative Council for the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo higher school of music. At the Accademia he is also the director of the Centro per la Documentazione delle Esecuzioni Musicali in Piemonte, (centre for the documentation of music performance in Piedmont), which is sponsored by the Piedmont regional government, and since the autumn of 2020 has been the director of studies for the courses in the postgraduate specialisation degree – 3rd level (recognised by the MUIR – Ministry of Universities and Research).
Pigliaru’s intense activity as a musicologist, researcher and music critic can be summarised in these impressive figures: approximately one thousand articles published in quality daily newspapers and in periodicals; programme notes for around five hundred concerts for various Italian music associations; texts and notes for the Turin opera house, Teatro Regio di Torino, (for opera seasons from 1981) and for the Accademia Strumentale Italiana (concert seasons 1986-87-88-89); contributions to books on music; contributions to the Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti, published by Utet; translations (thanks to an excellent knowledge of French, both written and spoken, and a good knowledge of Castilian, English and German); over two hundred radio broadcasts; speaker at two hundred conferences; many presentations of concert series, introductions to books and sleeve notes of audio performances for recording companies.
From 2014 to 2017 he was a member of the Administrative Council for the national music association, Associazione Italiana Attività Musicali, part of AGIS.
From 1988 to 2020 he was artistic director of the Turin onlus Unione Musicale di Torino, for whom he staged thousands of music performances in the concert series held annually over the last few decades.