Born in Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and composer. He frequently appears as a collaborative pianist at home and abroad 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), 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), 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 Université de Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University and the École de musique Vincent d’Indy.
As a performer with concerts throughout Canada, Italy, Austria, Germany and France, his varied solo and duo repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen to the major song cycles of Schumann, Schubert, Vaughan-Williams and Poulenc. A proud supporter of contemporary composers, Mr. Scalia gave world premieres of works by Octavian Lecca (Portrait) and Pierre DuBois (Combien de temps la terre...). 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, Tosti and his composition Ideale.
Besides his many recital and concert performances, Mr. Scalia has also performed for a number of different benefit organisations, notably the Franco di Giovanni Foundation as well as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Make a Wish Foundation, Enfant-Retour Quebec and Montreal's Parcs Vivants.
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'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).