Giancarlo ScaliaCollaborative Pianist, Carmen 2017
Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. He has served as musical director or répétiteur for various companies including Opéra immédiat (Chauve-Souris, Carmen, Aïda, Elisir d’amore), Opéra bouffe du Québec (Les Brigands, Véronique), Light Opera of Montreal (The Tender Land) and Opéra Outside the Box (The Telephone) as well as for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi), the Festival Classica and the operetta workshop of the École de musique Vincent d’Indy. He has performed as collaborative pianist throughout Canada as well as in France, Austria, Germany and Italy and has collaborated with the Atelier lyrique of l’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Atelier in Toronto, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura de Montreal and the Société d’art vocal de Montréal. Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, he has composed for various soloists and ensembles (Ensemble Paramirabo, Ensemble Saxologie, soprano Sophie De Cruz, cellist Julie Hereish, the Orchestre d’Harmonie Leonardo da Vinci) and his works have been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a DESS in piano performance under the direction of Jimmy Brière and Marc Durand and a Master’s degree in composition under the direction of Denis Gougeon from the Université de Montréal before pursuing his studies privately with pianists Walter Moore and Norman Shetler in Vienna and Claude Webster in Montréal. He has also participated in vocal accompaniment programs at the Orford Arts Centre, the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, the Wiener Musikseminar in Vienna, Vox Musicae in Senigallia and COSI in Sulmona (La bohème).
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