Luciano Contini was born in Sassari, Sardinia, in 1958. After completing his guitar studies with A.Marrosu and O.Ghiglia with awards in various competitions, he began, in the 1980’s to dedicate himself to performance practice of renaissance and baroque music, and began playing the lute, exclusively. From 1982, after graduating cum laude in musicology from the University of Bologna, he continued his studies at the famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland, with H.Smith, E.Dombois and J.Christensen. He began an intense concertistic career which carried him to Europe, the two Americas and Japan, performing for such prestigious institutions as the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Staatsoper in Berlin and the Teatro alla Scala in Milano with musicians like A. Curtis, B.Dickey, C.Banchini, J.Christensen, R.Clemencic, J.Savall, R.Muti. Along with several radio and television recordings he has participated in numerous productions of compact discs for different labels, as chamber musician and soloist. His solo CD’s with music of A.Piccinini and G.Zamboni have been highly recommended by the international critics. Luciano Contini teaches at the University for Music and Performing Arts and at the Music and Arts University, both in Vienna.