Gina Luciani, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, is described as One of those amazing young flutists who has all the musical bases covered by Jim Walker and A leading flutist of her generation, who embodies the essence of intelligent, energetic and sophisticated musicality, by Laurel Ann Maurer. An avid freelance musician in Southern California, Gina performs frequently in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings and can be heard on many recordings.
Ms. Luciani has performed as a soloist with the Colburn Contemporary Players, Utah Valley Symphony, Long Beach Mozart Festival, and the Salt Lake Symphony. This past summer, she was a featured soloist in the Miyazawas showcase entitled Rising Stars at the National Flute Convention held in Las Vegas. She was a featured soloist with the Colburn Chamber Music Society and a guest artist for the Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles' Alumni Recital Series and the Sundays Live Series at LACMA, which was broadcast on KUSC. In addition, she has performed with many legendary artists such as James Newton Howard, Kenneth Cooper, Mike Garson, Ronald Leonard, and Jim Walker.
Gina is the piccoloist of the YMF Debut Orchestra. She has also been the principal flutist of the Colburn Orchestra, Colburn Outreach Orchestra, University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, and the Utah Chamber Chorale, flutist of the American Youth Symphony and USC Thornton Edge (formely known as the Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble), and in 2012, Gina had the honor of performing in the orchestra for the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.
Gina was the Top Prize Winner of the San Diego Flute Guilds Artist Gold Competition, winner of the UMTA Young Artist Competition, the Utah Valley Symphony's Young Artist Competition, and Grand Prize Winner of the Long Beach Mozart Festival Concerto Competition. She was awarded the Fe Bland and Santa Barbara Foundation Award of Merit for two consecutive years and she was a two-time winner of both the Utah Flute Associations Sonata Night and Concerto Night.
As a freelance musician, Gina has a very diverse career. She has recorded for many films, television shows, and albums. Some of her recent highlights include playing on Kate Nashs new album, Girl Talk, performing with the Wu Tang Clan at the Coachella Music Festival, and appearing on the television show GLEE.
Ms. Luciani is an active chamber musician and has performed extensively with her ensembles throughout Southern California. She performed the world premiere of Emmy-winning composer Stephen Cohns Sea Change for wind quintet. Ginas flute and guitar duo were named Gluck Fellows, and performed fourteen concerts throughout Los Angeles. Her flute and harp duo, The Hyperion Duo, has commissioned multiple new works for their ensemble as firm supporters of new music. Along with performing extensively throughout Southern California on multiple music series, they are currently completing their first album, which will be released in 2014.
Gina received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California, both under the instruction of Jim Walker.