“Gianluca Littera is one of the rarest musicians who dedicated himself professionally to the classical repertoire for harmonica, allowing us to be amazed at the potential of this instrument.”
Edoardo Tomaselli, Planeta Musica
In 1974 at the age of twelve Gianluca Littera started his viola studies at the G.B. Martini Conservatory of Bologna and later with Maestro Dino Asciolla in Rome.
In 1985 he graduated cum laude from the Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro. In the same year he won his first audition for the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
During this time he played under the direction of conductors such as George Solti, Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly and Chung.
For more than ten years Gianluca has dedicated himself to the study of the Chromatic Harmonica and for several years he has been able to perform as soloist.
His chamber and symphonic repertoire is composed of works written exclusively for the instrument by such composers as Heictor Villa Lobos (Harmonica Concerto), Darius Milhaud (English Suite for Harmonica and Orchestra), Gordon Jacob, Vaughan Williams, Wiiliam Walton and Luciano Chailly.
In 1997 he recorded the Harmonica Concerto of Heictor Villa Lobos for Arte-Nova BMG with the Spanish Orchestra OFGC under Adrian Leaper.
Many articles in such magazines as “Il Giornale della Musica”, “Amadeus” were written about his interesting artistic career. In March of 2002 “Amadeus” published an extensive interview with Gianluca Littera.
Few years ago Gianluca Littera collaborated with the prestigious National Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome under the direction of Maestro M.W. Chung recording a Suite for Orchestra and Big Band “Night Creatures” by Duke Ellington.
Numerous appearances in many of the world's major concert halls, L'Auditorio Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the concert halls of Tokio and Bogota, have helped to establish his international reputation. For his Japanese tour with “I Cameristi Italiani” (members of the National Academy) Gianluca Littera prepared the composition for harmonica and twelve strings of Ennio Maricone written specially for the occaision.
In 2003 he will perform in Brazil with the San Paolo Symphony Orchestra, he will perform the program that will include the Harmonica Concerto of the Brazilian H. Villa Lobos.
Gianluca Littera is a composer and arranger. In1998 he finished his Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra.