Luca G. Cubisino
President, Artistic Director
Luca Cubisino is a polyhedral and versatile artist, whose path is paved with performance, teaching, and research. Prize winner in nearly twenty national and international piano competitions, Luca has played in prestigious venues such as Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” in Catania, Concertgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami, and various venues in Bologna, Leipzig, and New York. His teachers include Franco Scala, Aquiles Delle Vigne, François-Joël Thiollier, Antonio Ballista, Choong-Mo Kang, Gerald Fauth, Bruno Canino, Enrico Pace, Anton Nel, Boris Slutsky, and Marina Lomazov. Born in Italy, Mr. Cubisino earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in his home country. Furthermore, he earned two Master’s degrees, one at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam and the other at Texas State University, where he was awarded the 2014 “Piano Achievement Award.” He is also the most recent recipient of the Presser Award at the University of Miami for his project of publishing and recording Ottorino Respighi’s early piano works. Currently, Mr. Cubisino is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Performance at the Frost School of Music, where he studies with Prof. Tian Ying and serves as a Teaching Assistant.
Lorella Di Gregorio
Born in Catania, Lorella Di Gregorio lived in Grammichele until the age of 19, when she earned a diploma in Applied Arts (specializing in Ceramics) with honors at the local Institute of Art. In 2006, at University of Catania, she graduated in Italian Literature with honors and a thesis in History of Music. In 2010, she earned a Masters degree (summa cum laude) in History of Art at University of Bologna with a thesis in Psychology of Art. While in Bologna, Lorella collaborated on promotion, press office assistance, journalists and public acceptance at Second Festival of Contemporary Art in Faenza, she gave several lectures in History of Art at a local center for the promotion of culture in Imola, during which she organized guided tours at the civic Pinacoteca. She also was a research assistant for meetings, workshops and studies at the educational department of Municipal Museum in Rimini, and produced educational workshops about Contemporary Art for children of Primary schools in Sala Bolognese. In 2012, Lorella moved to the US to attend a MA in Spanish at Texas State University, where she worked as IA and TA and received several awards including that of Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Service to the House of Graduate Representatives. At TSU, she discussed a thesis in linguistics. In 2014, Lorella was admitted with full scholarship to the PhD program in Romance Languages at the University of Miami where, at the present, she teaches Spanish, conducts her research on 20th and 21st Mexican and Southern Italian cultural production related with migration and organized crime, and has been awarded with numerous research and travel grants.
Giuseppe Montemagno teaches History of Music and Musical theater at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and collaborates on the research activities of the Fondazione Bellini, University of Catania. His researches focus on musical theater and, in particular, on cultural migrations and interartistic relationships between France and Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this context he has published several papers, especially on Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Hérold, Massenet and Bruneau, Charpentier and Debussy, Daniel-Lesur. He is also the author of a few studies on opera direction, with a special attention to Patrice Chéreau, Emma Dante and Claus Guths productions. Freelance journalist for over twenty-five years, he reviews international drama and musical productions for specialist press (LAvant-Scène Opéra, Hystrio, lopera).