Luca Cubisino is a polyhedral and versatile artist, whose path is paved with performance, teaching, and research. Prize winner in nearly twenty national and international piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has played in prestigious venues such as Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” in Catania, Concertgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami, and other venues in Bologna, Leipzig, New York, Austin, Atlanta, etc.
Born in Italy, Luca Cubisino earned undergraduate (B.M.) and graduate (M.M.) degrees in his home country. Additionally, he earned two Master’s degrees at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam and at Texas State University, where he was awarded the 2014 “Piano Achievement Award”. Recently, he has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Performance at the Frost School of Music, where he studied piano with Professors Tian Ying and Kevin Kenner, and keyboard pedagogy as a cognate with Dr. Naoko Takao. At the Frost School of Music he has also served as a Teaching Assistant.
His musicianship has benefited from lessons and master classes given by Antonella Scuderi, Flavio Meniconi, Franco Scala, Aquiles Delle Vigne, François-Joël Thiollier, Antonio Ballista, Choong-Mo Kang, Gerald Fauth, Bruno Canino, Enrico Pace, Anton Nel, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, among others.
Luca Cubisino collaborates with various musical organizations such as San Giacomo Festival in Bologna, which organizes almost two hundred concerts every year to support the Daily Meal of the Poor at the Augustinian Fathers of Bologna (sangiacomofestival.it), and Kaleidoscope MusArt in Miami, which focuses its activity mostly on contemporary classical music (kaleidoscopemusart.com). Moreover, he is the Artistic Director of AmiCa, a Sicilian cultural organization for which he organizes AmiCaFest (amicafest.com), a 2-week piano festival in Southern Italy that embraces, besides regular activities (lessons and masterclasses), extra activities such as exhibitions, book presentations, cultural classes, etc. AmiCaFest provides a deep cultural, musical, and historical appreciation of the Calatino area that allows piano students, acclaimed piano teachers, and scholars to improve their art while learning about the community of which they are part. Both Luca Cubisino and the other organizers of AmiCaFest, work with no compensation and for the good of the community and its cultural enrichment.
Besides his solo career, Luca Cubisino’s love for chamber music has brought him to collaborate with other musicians, and the most recent partnership is with Dario Russo, a rising-star voice with whom he has been touring across the US in 2018, performing Winterreiseby Franz Schubert. Furthermore, in September, Luca Cubisino will be performing with the Italian Ensemble for a series of concerts that will feature them in different cities in Florida and at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Jury member in several piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has given master classes for Grumo Festival in Tesero (Italy) and for the Miami Conservatory of Music in Miami. He is also the 2016 winner of the Presser Award at the University of Miami for his project of publishing and recording Ottorino Respighi’s early piano works.
Currently, he teaches at the Preparatory Program of the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, where he is also the Director of a program he has developed for advanced piano students (Advanced Preparatory Piano Program), and which is aiming to reach the standards of the most established music schools’ preparatory programs in the country. The program is rigorous in the admission selection as well as in nurturing of talents. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop technical and artistic abilities at the highest level. Besides regular lessons, master classes, and lessons with Faculty of the Frost School of Music, students are offered analysis classes that focus on students’ current repertoire.