First year with SO: 2022
Hometown: Nesconset, New York (Long Island)
Bb trumpet - 1947 NY Bach Stradivarius 37 with a #7 leadpipe
C trumpet - Bach Artisan Stradivarius with a Yamaha NY Gen 2 leadpipe and tuning slide
Eb/D trumpet- Bach Artisan Stradivarius
A/Bb piccolo - Schilke P5-4 "Butler-Geyer" model, with a Blackburn P2 leadpipe pitched in A
State University of New York at Fredonia - Bachelor of Music in Education; New England Conservatory of Music - Master of Music in Trumpet Performance; Colburn School - Artist Diploma in Trumpet Performance
Gianluca Farina is the newly appointed principal trumpet of Sarasota Orchestra. Previously, he spent three years as a trumpet fellow at the New World Symphony.
Gianluca has made multiple guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, The Florida Orchestra, and Nu Deco Ensemble, and has also performed side-by-side with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Throughout his two years in Los Angeles, Gianluca has held principal trumpet positions with the American Youth Symphony and the Young Musicians Foundation's Debut Chamber Orchestra. Gianluca has spent his summers performing with the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific Music Festival Academy Orchestra under Maestro Valery Gergiev, the National Repertory Orchestra under Carl Topilow, and the National Orchestral Institute and Festival.
Gianluca's principal teachers were Alex Jokipii of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Thomas Rolfs of the Boston Symphony, and James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Passions/Interests: "Working out, cooking, trying new craft beers, playing guitar, exploring new cities."
Career Highlights: "Getting told by the associate conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre that my solo in Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto was 'very not bad.' Playing principal on Scheherazade under Maestra Xian Zhang with the Colburn Orchestra, and then playing principal on Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony Symphony with her at New World. She remembered me! Ending my time with the New World Symphony by playing principal on Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Believe it or not, getting to meet one of my idols, Phil Smith, after winning my audition here."