Luca Milani

Born in 1966 in Imola, Bologna (Italy), Luca Milani obtained his clarinet degree with the highest honours at “G.B. Martini” conservatory in Bologna, under the guidance of Maestro Italo Capicchioni. He followed several perfectionist courses with Maestro Karl Leister and in Chamber Music with Maestro Pier Narciso Masi.

He gave his debut very soon, both in chamber and soloist repertoire and he won various national and international competitions – XV National Competition “Petrini Zamboni” at Cesena, XII International Competition “Città di Stresa”, “Il Clarinetto del ‘900” at Perugia, the First National Competition for Clarinet at Camerota (Salerno) and the Second International Competition of Chamber Music “Città di Pavia”.

During his career he has collaborated as First Soloist Clarinet in numerous prestigious orchestras and Chamber Music groups. He has played with many famous world artists in reknowned theatres in Italy and abroad, under the guidance of important directors including Chung, Conlon, Gatti, Harding, Luisi, Mariotti, Nelsons, Petrenko, Pretre e Rostropovich.


During 1998/1999 and 1999/2000, he was First Clarinet for the “Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI”, with which he participated in a tour of South America (Cile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brasile), Austria and Germany.

Since 2001 to 2015 he has played with Orchestra del “Teatro Comunale di Bologna”, after winning the competition for First Soloist Clarinet.

With the “Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna” he has taken part to several Festivals in Italy and abroad, such as Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Aix en Provence Festival in France, Santander Festival in Spain, and he has done several tournée, as in Israel and Japan in 2002, 2006 and 2011. From 2000 since 2015 he regulary participated in the productions of Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.


He recently collaborated as First Clarinet with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan and with the Philarmonic of the Scala.

He is regularly invited by prestigious musical institutions to hold master classes.

He can boast of numerous performances as Solo Clarinet in the Concerts of Mozart, Weber, Rossini and A. Copland, this last one performed during the 2015 symphonic season of Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the direction of M° W. Marshall.

Finally, he has recorded several CDs with the Italian Ottetto and Parma’s Opera Ensemble for Fonit Cetra, Arts Music and Chandos; and also with the “Teatro Comunale di Bologna” for Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.


Since 2015 he is Principal Clarinet of the RAI.

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