"Luca Pollastri si è dimostrato un interprete entusiasmante. Ha attaccato questo Bach/Vivaldi [BWV596] energicamente e con vivacità ritmica, ha interpretato il tema della fuga con espressività, nel Largo ha dato un esempio della tipica cantabilità italiana e nell’ultimo movimento veloce del concerto ha mostrato il suo temperamento all’organo".
ROSWITHA FREY per Badische Zeitung
LUCA POLLASTRI started his musical studies with Maestro Massimo Gabbi and graduated in Organ and Organ Composition from "G. Frescobaldi" Conservatoire in Ferrara with Maestro Antonello Aleotti. He earned a Degree in Organ, summa cum laude, at the same Conservatoire under Maestro Francesco Tasini and Maestro Vincenzo Ninci. At the "Haute Ecole de Musique" in Geneva (Switzerland), he earned a Master of Arts in Music Performance, major in Concert Performance (Organ). He earned a Degree in Harpsichord, summa cum laude, at the "G. Frescobaldi" Conservatoire in Ferrara under Maestro Marina Scaioli.
In 2007 he took first place in the first edition of the "Albert Dunnig International Organ Prize" in Spoleto.
As a continuo player, he attended the master class "performance practice and interpretation of baroque violin music" held by Maestro Enrico Casazza and he worked with the "Gulli Ensemble" of Parma, the "Hybris Baroque Ensemble" and "Musica Elegentia Consort".
As an organist, he has given numerous solo organ recitals, obtaining acclaim from audiences and critics both in Italy and abroad. He has been invited to play in various festivals in France (at Notre-Dame in Paris, on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Cathedral), in Norway (at the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso), in the USA (St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, "Piccolo Spoleto Festival" in Charleston), UK (London, Queen's College Oxford, Sheffield Cathedral and on the famous Schulze Organ of the Doncaster Minster), Sweden, Switzerland (in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Geneva), and Germany, including a performance in Berlin (St. Hedwigs - Cathedral), in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg (in the Schlosskirche on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation), on the Weingarten "Gabler-Orgel" during the "International Organ Concerts 2006", the Riepp "Dreifaltigskeitsorgel" in the Abbey of Ottobeuren and the Rieger Orgel in the Dom of Fulda.
He has recorded modern organ music for a collection of contemporary composers for the "EurArte" label and composes his own organ and choir music.
One of his compositions was selected as the official international hymn of the "Children's Jubilee" (2000) while another was chosen as the official hymn of the 33rd Franciscan March (2013). In the 2006 he recorded he CD "Piano solo. Appunti di un viaggio", containing music for piano he composed himself, derived from which was the performance "Najma naima. Dolce stella", directed by Francesco Summo.
He is also the conductor of: the "Pueri Cantores della Cattedrale di Fidenza", of the "Chorus Laetus" , the "Ausiliatrice" choir and the "Eco del colle" choir in Salsomaggiore Terme.