Born in Lugano, Switzerland, Luca Pianca studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum Salzburg and has been working together with Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien since 1982. He is co-founder of Il Gardino Armonico and works as lutenist at the Zurich Opera House. He performed as partner of soloists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Eva Mei, and Silvia McNair. With Teldec – his exclusive label – he recorded more than 20 CDs, e.g. the complete recordings of lute repertoire by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Luca Pianca gives about 80 to 100 concerts per year, there are solo recitals from the Musikverein Vienna to the Carnegie Hall New York. In 2001, he worked together with rockstar STING.