Lucia Caruso is an Argentine born composer and pianist based in NYC. AS artistic director and co-founder with Dr. Pedro Henriques da Silva of Manhattan Camerata, an innovative chamber orchestra, SHE coined THE TERM TRANSCLASSICAL MUSIC, to define A unique style of composition. Grounded in classical technique. her compositions BLEND improvisation WITH elements from varIOUS cultures AND incorporatE world instruments in a range of styles and genres.
Lucía Caruso is an Argentinean-born composer and pianist, based in New York City, whose numerous awards include the 2015 and 2016 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Plus Award, the 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA), for Best Instrumental Performance, and the Best Emerging Filmmaker Documentary Award at the American Pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Her music career has taken her across four continents, and through over a dozen countries, in places such as: the Versailles Palace, the Louvre Museum, and Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France; Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Vanderbilt Hall at the Grand Central Station (New York City), and Kennedy Center in Washington DC in the United States; the Kew Royal Palace in London; Birmingham and Cheltenham Town Hall, and the Stratford Arts House in the UK; the Magazzini del Sale in Venice, Italy; Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal, the Audiorio Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico, and the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest where she performed with her husband at the opening ceremony of the Portuguese presidency of the European Union. She did also numerous performances in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Israel, South Korea, and Spain.
Several of her commissioned orchestral compositions were recorded in London at British Grove Studios and at Abbey Road Studios (Studio 1) by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, with whom Lucía performed and recorded as a soloist, produced by Grammy-winning producer Stephen McLaughlin. She also performed her works for piano and orchestra as a soloist with the Orchestre Lamoureux (Paris) under the baton of Fayçal Karoui (former music director of the New York City Ballet) in front of a crowd of thousands in the Jardin des Tuileries, organized by the Louvre Museum in Paris.
In April 2016 she had the great honor of premiering her composition Titania’s Lullaby for orchestra and choir for the Shakespeare 400 Memorial at his church, the Holy Trinity Church of Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. On this occasion, Lucía performed the organ with the Choir and Orchestra of the Swan, mere paces from Shakespeare’s mortal remains. Lucía and husband Pedro H. da Silva were selected to be the Orchestra of the Swan’s composers-in-residence for 2016-18. They will not only be premiering their orchestral compositions with them, but will also be soloists performing their own compositions as well as concertos from the classical repertoire. In October 2016, Lucia toured the UK performing as soloist Mozart Piano concerto No. 13 K415 with Orchestra of the Swan, as part of the "Mozart and Friends" program.
She was commissioned a cycle of five songs for soprano, choir and orchestra, “Echoes of Nature” in 2014, and a piano concerto “Light and Wind,” by the Ahae Foundation and the Sorel Foundation in 2018. In 2019, she was commissioned to compose and album of Shakespeare songs by Sue and Allen Rogers. Her piano concerto had its world premiere on June 5th 2018 with Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, at Shakespeare’s church—the Holy Trinity Church—and it is scheduled to be recorded with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at the Abbey Road Studios in London in July 2019, in both occasions with Lucia as a soloist. Both albums of songs “Echoes of Nature” and “Shakespeare Songs” will have their world premiere and recording in June 2019 with Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, also at the Holy Trinity Church, conducted by the Royal Shakespeare Company Music Director Broce O’Neil.
Lucía is starring in and scored the music for the feature documentary, “Forte”, a film about three groundbreaking women in the arts. Lucía was asked to be one of the three women, and this will be the first time in history that the composer is shown during the process of writing music for the film within the film.
Lucia and Pedro are the stars in another 2018 documentary called Death Metal Grandma. The film had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival, was featured in the front pages of the New York Times’ Op-Docs, Washington Post, the Atlantic, etc., and was screened in forty different film festivals, including the Oscar-qualifying Aspen Shortsfest, Toronto Hot Docs, NYC Docs, and the American Pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Emerging Filmmaker Documentary Award.
She co-composed with Pedro for Richard Témtchine’s film “How to Seduce Difficult Women” (featuring Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Paul Lazar, released 2009) and for the documentary “Il ritorno di Inge” (Nicola Genni, Silvano Toppi, 2006).
In the fall of 2013, Lucía was commissioned a ballet by the José Limon Dance Company, which was premiered on April 29th, 2014, followed by six more performances at the Joyce Theater in New York City. The music was performed by the Manhattan Camerata.
She is the Artistic Director and Co-founder with Pedro H. da Silva of the Manhattan Camerata, an innovative chamber orchestra that performs transclassical music – a term Lucía coined to describe a style based on classical music techniques and instruments, incorporating improvisation and elements from different cultures around the world, integrating world instruments in a variety of styles and genres. Her work with the Manhattan Camerata has brought her to perform and record regularly alongside legendary bandoneonist Daniel Binelli. The ensemble most recently won Best Instrumental Performance for Binelli's arrangement of "Tango Abril en Portugal" at the prestigious 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards.
She has received awards in numerous international piano competitions, such as the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition in Chile, the Guiomar Novaes International Piano Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, and First Prize at the National University of Cuyo Symphony Orchestra Competition, Argentina. She performed as a soloist with the National University of Cuyo Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and 2006 and with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra at the National Theatre of San José in Costa Rica. For two consecutive years, 2002 and 2003, she was one of only four pianists from Europe and the United States that were granted scholarships to take piano Masters Classes with Jean-Bernard Pommier for the International Musiké Academy Festival in Durham, England.
Lucia and Pedro are also co-owners of Light & Sound Scoring, a New York based film music company. Collectively, the two have recorded for many films including: two scores for Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewind,” “Interior Design” from the “Tokyo” triptych), as well as recordings with acclaimed film composer Jean-Michel Bernard (“The Science of Sleep,” “Human Nature”). Collectively they have scored nine films, including Richard Témtchine’s “How to Seduce Difficult Women,” and two new scores for silent masterpieces by Georges Méliès for full orchestra and choir.
Lucía received her bachelor’s degree in classical piano from the Manhattan School of Music with Donn-Alexandre Feder, and went on to complete her Masters Degree in Composition at the New York University with Dr. Dinu Ghezzo in 2010, where she also studied film scoring with renowned film composer Ira Newborn (“Naked Gun,” “Ace Ventura,” “Ferris Bueller's Day Off”). Her musical education started in her hometown of Mendoza, Argentina with Gustavo Gatica, and upon moving to New York City she continued with Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi, and she studied piano with Miyoko Nayaka Lotto in 2006. Since 2011, Lucía has continued her studies on the harpsichord with Kenneth Hamrick, among the most highly respected harpsichordists in North America.
Lucía has taught piano in New York City from 2006 to the present, from music schools to private lessons. Lucía’s first piano student debuted at Carnegie Hall at only age seven. Since 2006 she has also worked as an organist and musical director in several churches in New York City, and is currently writing a teaching method for piano using her own compositions. She is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Little Red School House in Manhattan, New York.
Lucía’s artistic interests extend beyond music, as she also fences in her spare time, and is in the midst of writing a novel about Sintra, Portugal. Lucía is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.