The Italian-Swiss lutenist (his specialty is archlute) and conductor, Luca Pianca, studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Mozarteum Salzburg and collaborated with Concentus Musicus Wien since 1982.
In 1985 Luca Pianca co-founded Il Giardino Armonico, a pioneering Italian early music ensemble based in Milan. He also served as a lutenist at Zürich Opera House. He has partnered with soloists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Eva Mei, and Sylvia McNair. Since 1999 Pianca has teamed with viola da gamba player Vittorio Ghielmi. Since 2001 he has also collaborated with a contemporary lutenist-composer Roman Turovsky-Savchuk, whose works he premiered at several international festivals (Urbino, Salamanca, Paris, Vilnius inter alia). He gives about 80 to 100 concerts per year, solo recitals at Musikverein, Vienna and Carnegie Hall; New York (January 2000). In summer 2001, he collaborated in concerts with Sting. In 2008-2009 season Luca Pianca and Georg Nigl launched the Bach-Kantaten Abonnement-Zyklus at Wiener Konzerthaus.
Luca Pianca has recorded with Teldec more than 20 CD's in and out of his work with Il Giardino Armonico, including complete recordings of lute repertoire by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. With his partner Vittorio Ghielmi he has recorded numerous CD's, including: "Bagpipes from Hell" - Music for Viola da gamba, Lyra-viol, Lute and Ceterone. 17th and 18th'century (Vittorio Ghielmi, Luca Pianca, 1999); "Pièces de caractère" - Works by: Marais, Forqueray, Mouton, Dollé, Caix d'Hervelois, De Visée (Vittorio Ghielmi, Luca Pianca, 2002); "Duo" - German Music for Lute & Viol (Vittorio Ghielmi, Luca Pianca, 2005); "Devil's Dream" (Ghielmi, Pianca, Gibelli, 2006). For his recordings Pianca has received these awards: 5 Diapason d'Or; 4 Choc du Monde de la Musique; Grammophone Award 1996; Deutscher Schallplattenpreis 1998. He has also taken part in TV and video productions.