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Giancarlo Scalia

Collaborative Pianist, Carmen 2017
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Biography

Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is active as both a pianist and as a composer. He frequently appears as a collaborative pianist at home and abroad and his compositions have been presented throughout North America and Europe.

Mr. Scalia is currently répétiteur for the companies Opéra immédiat and Opéra bouffe du Québec and at institutions such as the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy college. He has also collaborated with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Atelier lyrique de Chambly and the Montreal West Operatic Society and has worked with numerous young singers at the Université de Montréal, McGill University and Pensionnat Saint-Nom-de-Marie.

As a performer, his varied solo and duo repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen to the major song cycles of Schumann, Schubert, Vaughan-Williams and Poulenc. A proud supporter of contemporary composers, Mr. Scalia gave the world premiere of Montreal composer Octavian Lecca’s Portrait in May 2006 and in August 2008, he and mezzo-soprano Christianne Belanger created the world premiere recording of composer Pierre DuBois’ Combien de temps la terre…, a piece commemorating the tragic events that occured at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.

Besides his many recital and concert performances, Mr. Scalia has also performed for a number of different benefit organisations, notably the Franco di Giovanni Foundation as well as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Make a Wish Foundation, Enfant-Retour Quebec and Montreal’s Parcs Vivants.

As a composer, Giancarlo Scalia’s catalogue includes works for a variety of instrumentations (solo instruments, voice, chamber groups, ensembles, mixed music) and his compositional style incorporates both traditional and contemporary elements; a combination of modal, tonal and atonal music. Since his first composition commission at the age of fourteen, he has composed for soloists and ensembles such as l’Ensemble Paramirabo, l’Ensemble Saxologie, cellist Julie Hereish, percussionist David Therrien-Brongo, the Orchestre d’Harmonie Leonardo da Vinci, the Grand Ensemble de Cuivres de l’Université de Montréal and the Ecole de musique Vincent d’Indy string orchestra. Several of his compositions have been premiered as part of the CéCo concert seasons.

Mr. Scalia’s work in film music began when he was commissioned in 2006 by the Laurier Macdonald Media Foundation to compose the music for the award-winning documentary Ripples in Time. His 2008 collaboration with the Spanish director Raimundo Morte was premiered at the Liber Barcelone festival in Spain.

Giancarlo Scalia holds Bachelor and DESS degrees in piano performance as well as a Masters degree in instrumental composition from l’Université de Montréal, where he studied with pianists Jimmy Brière and Marc Durand and composer Denis Gougeon. Additionally, he has studied privately in Vienna with pianists Walter Moore and Norman Shetler and has participated in numerous vocal accompaniment masterclass programs at the Orford Arts Centre, l’Académie Francis Poulenc (Tours, France), Wiener Musikseminar (Vienna, Austria), Vox Musicae (Senigallia, Italy) and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (Sulmona, Italy).

 

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