Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. He has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and China and his compositions have been presented throughout North America and Europe.
Mr. Scalia has served as musical director or répétiteur for various companies including Opéra immédiat (Chauve-Souris, Carmen, Aïda, Elisir d’amore), l’Opéra bouffe du Québec (Les Brigands, Véronique, Le Baron Tzigane), Light Opera of Montreal (The Tender Land) and Opéra Outside the Box (The Telephone) as well as for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen), the Festival Classica and the operetta workshop of the École de musique Vincent d’Indy. He has also collaborated with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Opera Atelier in Toronto, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura de Montreal and the Société d’art vocal de Montréal. As a coach, he has worked with numerous young singers at the Université de Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University and the École de musique Vincent d’Indy.
As a performer, his diverse repertoire ranges from opera to the major French mélodie and German lieder cycles of Schumann, Schubert, Vaughan-Williams and Poulenc. In October 2017, he performed 8 concerts in China with baritone Hugo Laporte, mezzo soprano Marie-Andrée Mathieu and soprano Jessica Latouche. In 2016, he recorded and released the album Arie e canzoni with soprano Sophie De Cruz. The CD is available worldwide and features arias by Puccini, Donizetti and Verdi; art songs by Donaudy, Gastaldon and Tosti as well as his composition Ideale.
As a composer, Giancarlo Scalia’s catalogue includes works for a variety of instrumentations (solo instruments, voice, chamber groups, ensembles, mixed music) and his compositional style incorporates both traditional and contemporary elements; a combination of modal, tonal and atonal music. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and has composed for soloists and ensembles such as l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, l'Ensemble Paramirabo, l’Ensemble Saxologie, soprano Sophie De Cruz, cellist Julie Hereish, percussionist David Therrien-Brongo, the Orchestre d'Harmonie Leonardo da Vinci, the Grand Ensemble de Cuivres de l'Université de Montréal and the École de musique Vincent d'Indy string orchestra.
Mr. Scalia’s work in film music began when he was commissioned in 2006 by the Laurier Macdonald Media Foundation to compose the music for the award-winning documentary Ripples in Time. His 2008 collaboration with the Spanish director Raimundo Morte was premiered at the Liber Barcelone festival in Spain.
Giancarlo Scalia obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a DESS in piano performance under the direction of Jimmy Brière and Marc Durand and a Master’s in composition under the direction of Denis Gougeon from the Université de Montréal before continuing his studies privately with pianists Walter Moore and Norman Shetler in Vienna and Claude Webster in Montréal. He has also participated in vocal accompaniment programs at the Orford Arts Centre, the Académie Francis Poulenc (Tours, France) the Wiener Musikseminar (Vienna, Austria), Vox Musicae (Senigallia, Italy) and Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (La bohème).