Luca Pfaff is a naturalized Frenchman born in Lugano (Switzerland) and living in Strasbourg. After receiving his diploma for piano and composition from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan he attended courses in conducting under Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and under Franco Ferrara in Rome and Siena.
His extraordinary versatility and his wide knowledge of repertoires allow him to conduct symphony orchestras, operas, chamber formations and ensembles of contemporary music.
From 1980 until 1984 he was the permanent conductor of the chamber orchestra 'Santa Cecilia' in Rome and from 1986 until 1996 the musical director of the 'Orchestre Symphonique du Rhin' which was stamped with his dynamic and originality. He aquired a wide repertoire in the symphonic and lyric areas while at the 'Opera du Rhin' in Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar.
He regularly conducts important orchestras including the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bamberg, BBC, Philharmonique de Radio France, National or Broadcasting Orchestras of France, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Mexico and Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland, the Philharmonics of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Monte-Carlo, the Tonhalle-Zürich, Gulbenkian-Lisbon, Maggio Fiorentino, RAI Turin.
His activities in the lyrical field allow him to conduct at the following houses:
Monnaie de Bruxelles, the Flaams Opéra (Antwerp), Maggio Musicale of Florence, Châtelet in Paris, and at the opera houses of Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nancy, Milan, Buenos Aires and Santiago. 2001-2006 he was first guest conductor of the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. He has been invited to numerous international festivals around the world.
He recorded works of various composers from Mozart to Dusapin through Johann Strauss, Bartok and Sibelius.
He is well known for his engagement and his performances of rare masterpieces and first performances of important contemporary works, some of which are especially dedicated to him by composers such as Adès, Battistelli, Berio, Donatoni, Dusapin, Fedele, Maderna, Manoury, Rihm, Schnittke, Scelsi, Xenakis.
More recently Luca Pfaff has toured with the National Orchestra of Spain in France, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Switzerland and Belgium, the Vlaamse Radio Orchestra in Portugal and the Orchestra della Toscana in Paris, Madrid and Japan. Im September 2005 he opened the season of the Vlaamse Opera with 'Richard III' by G. Battistelli and the stage direction of R. Carsen.
His teaching activities include positions at the Universities of Vienna and Graz, at the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris also in Madrid and Lisbon.
Wladimir Vogel: Thyl Claes
(cpo Nr. 999 960-2, 2007)
: Thyl Claes, Fils de Kolldraeger, VWV 100, 1. Teil: Unterdrückung (2. Version)
: Thyl Claes, Fils de Koldraeger, VWV 100, Teil 2: Befreiung