“ I wrote my first composition on the day of my tenth birthday. Since then I knew that I am a composer. I didn’t ask myself why: it just happened that way. And thus it has remained until today. Later on – especially around 1968 – I asked myself often, as was fashionable at the time: why – and mainly for whom – I was composing. I found then different, more or less convincing answers – but a composer really doesn’t know the essential and profound motivation of what he is doing.
Making music is an expression of my will to live and of my vitality; that’s how I experience life, process it, and position myself in it. It is for me a possibility to conquer and “construct” freedom. I am my first listener and my first critic. If others like what I do, I am happy.”  Luca Lombardii 

Luca Lombardi one of the most renowed composeras of Italy.
Even though his Jewish mother had suffered from the persecution of the Nazi regime, his parents sent him to the German Gymnasium in Rome. This very conscious and courageous decision had a formative influence on Lombardis strong affinity with the German cultural tradition, but also inspired him to reflect in his essais and compositions as well as in concert lectures the break of this tradition by the Nazis.

After his gradutaion, he studied in Rome, Florence, Vienna, Cologne and Berlin (with
Porena, Lupi, Stockhausen, Schiske B.A. Zimmermann, Dessau e.a.). At Rome University he earned a PhD in German Literature (“Lingua e Letteratura Tedesca”).

From 1973-1994 he was a professor of composition at the conservatories of Milan and Pesaro.
 
In 2008 he acquired the Israeli citizenship and since then he divides his time between Lake Albano (Rome) and Tel Aviv..


Most of Lombardi's compostions are pointing beyond music to political or philosophical issues. In the last years, his strong aversion against any form of racism, especially in the form of antisemitism, took a greater importance.
 

His work with up to now around 170 compositions, among which numerous commissions (given among others by several German, Swiss and Italian radios, the Wiener Festwochen, the opera houses of Basel, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Rome, Milan (La Scala), include 4 operas (Faust. Un travestimento, Dmitri, Prospero, Il re nudo), several symphonies  and many orchestra and chamber music works as well as vocal compositions.

He received, among others, the Prize of the Italian Society of Authors (SIAE) for his Opera Faust.Un travestimento and the Goffredo Petrassi Prize.

He was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, a guest of the “Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD” and spent 2002 six months in Japan at an invitation of the Japan Foundation.
He is a member of the Academiy of Arts Berlin  and of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit.

Together with an acoustical physicist and a musicologist, he published the treatise on orchestration,”Instrumentation in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts”,
A selection of his writings was published under the title "Construction of Freedom".
The renowned German publication “Musik-Konzepte” published in 2014 a double issue with 8 essays on his music.