Luciana Gallo

Luciana Gallo is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, West Bay Opera and the Reno Philharmonic among others. She is a doctoral candidate in Cello Performance at Arizona State University, where she was a teaching assistant to Thomas Landschoot between 2014 and 2016. Luciana holds a Master's degree in Cello Performance and Orchestral Career Studies from the University of Nevada Reno, where she was a teaching assistant to Dmitri Atapine and a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. 

In addition to the cello, Luciana is a Pilates for Musicians instructor, with a certification from Pilates Sports Center, and teaches at Remedy Pilates and Barre in Scottsdale. Her doctoral dissertation is about integrating Pilates in the music curriculum and adapting Pilates to help string players achieve better posture, awareness, and reduce musculoskeletal disorders. Luciana’s interest in body movement and somatic practices began in 2008 when studying with cellist and Felndekrais practitioner Uri Vardi, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luciana also participated in the National Cello institute and the Feldenkrais for Musicians Workshop taught by Uri Vardi along with Hagit Vardi, Steven Doane, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. In 2016 she participated in the Pilates Method Alliance conference in Phoenix, and was invited to teach a Pilates class for cellists at the Tucson Cello Congress. Luciana has also taught at the Cellobration festival and was the lead string teacher and coordinator at the Harmony Project in Phoenix, a music for social change program. 

 Luciana was born in Argentina and began music lessons with her mother, who taught at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Félix T Garzón, in Córdoba. She started taking cello lessons at age seven at the Suzuki Method School and later at the conservatory. Luciana came to the United States in 2007 with a generous scholarship from the Liberace Arts Foundation.