Luca Piovesan






Luca Piovesan is a 33 years old accordionist based in Venice. He also received degrees in Italian Literature and audio engineering. He performed all around the world. He focuses on the extreme possibilities of accordion in contemporary music experimenting in cooperation with lots of composers and performing new pieces. He’s exploring also different repertoires and stages (theatre, klezmer, free improvisation, chamber music) in order to improve his expression tools. His stakes on this path are his discs, articles, lectures and the project “accordion4composers”.

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Luca Piovesan is a 33 years old accordionist based in Venice.
He graduated with honours in accordion from the Milan Conservatory and in Literature from  Venice University. He also holds a diploma in sound engineering and founded his recording studio “BlowOutStudio”.
His principal teachers have been Elio Boschello and Claudio Jacomucci. He attended  international masterclasses with Mika Vayrynen and Matti Rantanen (Finland), Yuri Shishkin (Russia), Iñaki Alberdi (Basque Country), Jean-Luc Manca (France), Krassimir Sterev (Austria).
He has performed in the United States (Harvard University, Boston University, Minneapolis University, Mata Festival in New York); Japan (Tokyo Opera City Hall, Yokohama Hall); Austria (Impuls Festival); Slovenia; Canada; Switzerland (Settimane Musicali di Lugano); Netherlands (Deventer International Accordion Festival); Germany (BKA Theatre); Romania; and all around Italy. He has collaborated with: Teatro la Fenice; Ex Novo Ensemble; Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto; Ensemble L’arsenale (Treviso); Metropolis Ensemble (New York); Acme Ensemble (New York); Ecce Ensemble (Boston); Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart).
He’s member of the PromenadeSauvage project, a duo for accordion and guitar (Maarten Stragier, from Belgium) exploring and commissioning new music from talented young composers.
Piovesan has been awarded many international recognitions among which: the “Grolla d’oro” and the international competition TIM.
As a soloist Piovesan has premiered numerous works some of which are contained in his two soloist CDs: “Musica Ricercata” and “sul Tasto” (digitally published by Col Legno). In the last couple of years he has been very active promoting and diffusing awareness of his instrument in the realm of contemporary experimental music. His project [accordion4composers] is available for free download on this website: it is a pdf book with audio samples intended to explain to  the composers how to write for accordion.
He has held lectures and seminars at the Conservatorio Pollini di Padova, Boston University, University of Timisoara, Composit New Music Festival in Rieti.
His works has been reviewed by the New York Times; Seen and heard international; Suonare News; Blow Up;
He has been a member of the jury at the 38th International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, where he has been invited as a “skillful and progressive musician of the youngest generation” with his article “One possible way for accordion”.
The output of the meeting has been the Modern Accordion Perspectives project, an expert panel of the most renowned accordionists, professors and young progressive musicians whose aim is to develop and spread the culture of contemporary accordion.

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Luca Piovesan è nato nel 1982 e abita a Venezia.
Si è diplomato in fisarmonica al conservatorio “Verdi” di Milano con il massimo dei voti ed è laureato in Lettere presso l’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. Inoltre è fonico diplomato e ha fondato il proprio studio di registrazione “BlowOutStudio”
Ha studiato fisarmonica con Elio Boschello e con Claudio Jacomucci perfezionandosi anche con Mika Vayrynen e Matti Rantanen (Finlandia), Jurji Shishkin (Russia), Iñaki Alberdi (Paesi Baschi), Jean-Luc Manca (Francia), Krassimir Sterev (Austria).
Si è esibito negli Stati Uniti (Harvard University, Boston University, Minneapolis University, Mata Festival a New York); Giappone (Tokyo Opera City Hall, Yokohama Hall); Austria (Festival Impuls); Slovenia; Canada; Svizzera (Settimane Musicali di Lugano); Olanda (Deventer International Accordion Festival); Germania (BKA Theatre); Romania, e in tutta Italia.
Ha collaborato con: Teatro la Fenice, Ensemble Ex Novo, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Ensemble L’arsenale (Treviso), Metropolis Ensemble (New York), Acme Ensemble (New York), Ecce Ensemble (Boston), Neue Vocalsolisten (Stoccarda).
Assieme al chitarrista belga Maarten Stragier forma il duo PromenadeSauvage, un progetto che esplora e commissiona nuova musica di giovani e talentuosi compositori.
Ha ricevuto il 42° Premio Internazionale “Grolla d’oro” come riconoscimento per la propria attività artistica e nel 2008 ha vinto il concorso internazionale Tim.
È impegnato nella diffusione e creazione di nuovo repertorio per fisarmonica collaborando con numerosi compositori, partecipando a prime esecuzioni di loro opere, spesso a lui dedicate. Ha finora presentato circa 70 nuovi lavori per fisarmonica sola o in ensemble.
Ha recentemente avviato il progetto [accordion4composers], un libro digitale (scaricabile dal suo sito web) con files audio allegati che illustra dettagliatamente ai compositori come approcciarsi alla scrittura per questo strumento.
Ha inciso numerosi cd tra cui, da solista, “Musica Ricercata” e “sul Tasto”, pubblicato digitalmente da Col Legno.
Ha tenuto lectures presso il Conservatorio Pollini di Padova, la Boston University, l’Università di Musica di Timisoara, il festival Composit a Rieti.
Il suo lavoro è stato recensito su: New York Times, Seen and heard international, Suonare News, Blow Up,
È stato membro della giuria al 38° Concorso Internazionale di Fisarmonica di Castelfidardo dove è stato invitato anche come relatore all’incontro internazionale “Scenarios and strategies for the future of the accordion”.
Il risultato di questo incontro è il progetto Modern Accordion Perspectives.

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Please listen to my latest disc “Sul Tasto” published by Col Legno by clicking on this cover:

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Here some older pieces for you:

Tuberie – Marco Fedalto (L’arsenale+Neue Vocalsolisten)

Ligatura (The answered unanswered question) – György Kurtag

Musica Ricercata – György Ligeti

Mitzve Tentsl – trad. (Minimal Klezmer)

Polka – Alfred Schnittke




Dear composers writing for accordion and accordion lovers, this book and all of the audio samples it are totally free. Simply save the book on to your computer desktop and enjoy!
To obtain the audio samples, please write me at and you will receive an invitation to the download page. I will only use your e-mail addresses for a newsletter on [accordion4composers] updates. If you do not want to receive any emails, just let me know.
This work is protected by a Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.5.
You are free to download, study, print, and share (please do!) this work, but REMEMBER:

You must always attribute this work to me;

You may not use this work for commercial purposes;

You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

Notes on recordings:
I recorded all audio samples with 2 microphones in stereo position with coincident capsules, one meter far from my accordion in frontal position.
There is no added compression or volume changes between takes, just a bit of added reverb.
So the difference in volume between a fortissimo cluster and the pianissimo air sound is proportional to the live experience.
My purpose was to give you a clean sound from a frontal position, not an artificial studio-balanced sound.
I would very much appreciate the following:

Send feedback to help me update this book, and I will take your suggestions  into consideration on next release.

If you enjoy this work please consider buying one or more tracks from my last album published by Col Legno. This work is the culmination of hundreds of hours thinking, writing and recording, and years of experience. I would be very grateful for your help.

Lastly, spread the word to your composer and musician friends!

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1) Luca Piovesan – Sul tasto (2014), Col Legno (accordion solo)

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Seven new pieces for contemporary accordion by Yotam Haber, Lorenzo Troiani, Nildo Sanvido, Alberto La Rocca, Davide Ianni, Gabriel Mãlãncioiu and Filippo Perocco.

“A musician may get to know his or her instrument beyond the point of technical brilliance, turn its operating principles into music and inspiration. Expression burrows deep into the mechanics, allowing it to become part of the music regardless of any musical notation. The performer thus also acts on behalf of the apparatus, and the balance between composition, interpretation and instrument becomes perfect. The Italian accordionist Luca Piovesan has the skill to create these states, and the seven pieces on this album, which have been written specifically for him, are strong proof of this. The composers have addressed the manifold possibilities offered by the accordion, and have each chosen individual approaches to working with the instrument: Yotam Haber builds up to a frenzy of speed, a moment of ecstasy, Lorenzo Troiani musically compares the bellows with lungs, Nildo Sanvido challenges our standard concept of the accordion as an instrument, Davide Ianni lets the accordion reflect to itself, Alberto la Rocca portraits with sounds and gaps artists from another genre, Gabriel Mãlãncioiu works with opposites balancing each other out, and Filippo Perocco, whose composition provides the title for this album, demands precision from the performer and from the instrument. Enjoy!”

2) Luca Piovesan – Musica Ricercata (2010), BlowoutRecords (accordion solo)

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My first solo cd. Music by Moszkowski, Scarlatti, Taktakishvily, Schnittke, Ligeti, Zolotaryov, Makkonen and Kurtàg.

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“Luca Piovesan plays exceedingly well. This recording is one of those which should be made available in music libraries around the world for composers and accordionists to hear and study, performed by an excellent accordionist.” (

“Remarkable accordionist Luca Piovesan, with an amazing solo program. Piovesan played excitingly. The piece was extremely predatory and Piovesan should receive the congratulations of having the full control in this maddening scenario” (No.14plusminus – Romania)

“Il fisarmonicista Luca Piovesan, trentenne in possesso di un dominio formidabile dello strumento, esegue da par suo tutte le virtuosistiche pagine contemporanee di questo affascinante disco” (Internazionale)

“Una parabola interpretativa di eccellente controllo tecnico e duttilità espressiva del giovane fisarmonicista.” (Veneziamusica e dintorni)

“Convincente prova discografica di Luca Piovesan. In questo compito, assolutamente arduo, la fisarmonica incontra alcune geniali idee di sfruttamento delle proprie capacità di strumento” (Suonare News)

“Un interprete del quale risentiremo presto parlare” (Blow Up)

“Un interprete d’eccezione” (Il Giornale della Musica)

Luca Piovesan, trentenne in possesso di un dominio formidabile dello strumento, esegue da par suo tutte le virtuosistiche pagine contemporanee di questo affascinante disco (

“Luca Piovesan, interprete musicale di grande originalità e fisarmonicista di sorprendenti doti, porta la soglia espressiva della fisarmonica quasi oltre l’immaginabile. La sua musicalità totale trova piena espressione in “Sul Tasto”. Grazie all’arte musicale coraggiosa e consapevole di Luca Piovesan, interprete sensibile e libero” (Il Gazzettino)

“L’arsenale gave a robust performance” (The New York Times)

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