Luca Cubisino

Luca C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I strongly believe in music as part of each individual’s curriculum, particularly in the 21st century, when society is based on quickly achievable outcomes and most young generations have lost the sense of commitment and patience that music can teach. Teaching occupies a large part of my daily activities. I have been teaching private students (from 3 to 60 years old) since I was a teenager. Teaching middle school kids in Italy has prepared me to the class environment of group piano classes in the US, where I have been awarded a Teaching Assistantship in both schools I have attended in this country. My interest in pedagogy has become predominant thanks to Franco Scala in primis, making me eager to learn new teaching methods, particularly focusing for years on the pedagogical approach of Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who taught the very young Martha Argerich. Thanks to Franco Scala, I was able to closely understand the peculiarities of this method, which I now apply to my own students. Later, under the mentorship of Dr. Naoko Takao, I was encouraged to have a broader vision and to deepen my knowledge of the field in a critical way, through research, publishing articles, and attending conferences.

About Luca C.

I own a Bachelor’s Degree from the Conservatory of Music “Vincenzo Bellini” in Catania (Italy); a Master’s Degree from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam (The Netherlands); a second Master’s Degree from the Conservatory of Music "Bruno Maderna" in Cesena; a third Master’s Degree from Texas State University-San Marcos (U.S.), where I was awarded the 2014 “Piano Achievement Award”; and a Doctoral of Musical Arts’ Degree from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, where I also earned a keyboard pedagogy’s cognate with Naoko Takao and served as Teaching Assistant. At the University of Miami, I was also the 2016 recipient of the Presser Award for my project of publishing and recording Ottorino Respighi’s early piano works.
My life is paved with performance, teaching, research, and organizational activity. I have been prize winner in more than twenty national and international piano competitions, and have played at prestigious venues in some of the major cities throughout Europe and the U.S. (Salzburg’s Wiener Saal, Rotterdam’s Doelen, Catania’s Teatro Massimo Bellini, Cesena’s Teatro Bonci, Rome, Bologna, Leipzig, New York, Miami, Austin, Atlanta, etc.).
During my formative years, I have worked with dozens of teachers: 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, Jason Kwak, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, Tian Ying, Naoko Takao, Kevin Kenner, among others. Always eager to learn new teaching methods, I have been focusing for years on the pedagogical approach of Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who taught the very young Martha Argerich. Thanks to Franco Scala, I was be able to closely understand the peculiarities of this method, which I now apply to my own students.
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4 Reviews
Ruth O.
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I studied with Mr. Luca and everything he taught me was life changing. Not only as a pianist but as a human being. He is an amazing performer but also a wonderful teacher. He seeks excellence yet understands that each student is at a different level and moves as it's own pace. I loved being his student and I highly recommend him. Unfortunately, I couldn't continue studying with him because he moved to Miami to pursue his Doctoral degree. I wish him success in his wonderful career as a teacher and performer.

Posted Oct 14, 2014
Marilyn N.

My daughter had the honor to have Mr. Luca for her very first piano teacher. She was only 5 yrs old when she began. Mr. Luca is not only an excellent pianist, but he is an amazing teacher & he is wonderful with young children. I was so impressed with what she learned from him. We miss him so much, but we are so happy for his career advancements, we only regret he had to move from Texas.

Posted Sep 29, 2014
Jake W.
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Luca has been incredibly instrumental in my current and future success as a musician. As a beginner student his teaching was a major factor in my acceptance to the Piano Department at Texas State University. Without his guidance, and commitment to seeing me succeed, I would certainly not have been able to accomplish the things I have, or be in the position that I am today. I am truly grateful and blessed to have met Luca and I wish him all the future successes he deserves.

Posted Sep 29, 2014
Lorella D.
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I haven't studied with Luca, but being a connoisseur of classical music, I can express my opinion about him as a musician. Luca is a distiller of sounds. All the performances of his - I have had the fortune to enjoy - are the perfect balance between technique and style, personality and purism, composure and momentum. His hands produce an incomparable touch. Sitting, waiting, searching, he finds the perfect way to share his feelings toward music with the audience, which is immediately caught by the infinite shades of his naked soul.

Posted Sep 26, 2014

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DMA - Piano Performance (From Spring 2015)
Jan 2015 - May 2018

University of Miami - Miami, FL

MM - Piano Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Texas State University - San Marcos, TX

Diploma Master
Oct 2008 - Jun 2012

Academy of Music - Pinerolo, Italy

MM - Piano Performance
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010

Conservatory of Music “Bruno Maderna” - Cesena, Italy

MM - Piano Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008

Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Rotterdam Conservatorium - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

BM - Piano Performance
Oct 1997 - Jun 2005

Conservatory of Music “Vincenzo Bellini” - Catania, Italy



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