Gianluca is the youngest member of Il Volo. Ignazio calls him the “serious part” of the group and describes him as a perfectionist. His birthday is Feb. 11, 1995, and he lives in Montepagano, Abruzzo [pop1207]. He has a younger brother, Ernesto.
His inspiration for singing is his grandfather with whom he sang as a young boy in the square of their village, but was very shy. In an Italian TV show interview, his Dad said to him, ” When you started singing as a child, you looked the other way [because you were] so shy. You were insecure in school [and] did not want to make mistakes.” [translated] His parents were concerned that this would be a “hindrance later in life.”
As a child, his musical idol was Andrea Bocelli, and he often sang Bocelli’s songs. Before he became a member of Il Volo, he got a big surprise when he received some advise from Mr. Bocelli: “Always think with your head; always sing with your voice; always listen to your heart. ” [translated]
Gianluca’s feelings about music are as definite those of his Il Volo brothers: “To me, music is life. It is a way to convey what is inside me”. He plays the piano, listens to all kinds of music but in the past two to three years, his musical taste has been centered more around the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Perry Como and Mario Lanza, with his current favorite being Frank. The highlight experiences in his career have been singing with Barbra Streisand and performing in Il Volo’s three PBS specials.
In school, his favorite subjects were Greek and Latin, and he still enjoys learning different languages. His favorite sport is soccer–both participating and watching his brother play. He likes comedy and adventure movies–recently tweeting that movie watching is his hobby–and has no reservation in admitting that his celebrity crush is Natalie Portman.
Myron Heaton , our music expert, wrote this about him:
” In America he would be called a “Romantic Baritone” and used as a tenor-baritone in a lot of musical or opera roles. In terms of pure vocal size, his voice is the largest with very rich chest resonance which you can hear when he talks.
“Of the three, he has the greatest vowel control with nearly perfect vowel shape and purity. He has also been working on supporting his “head tone”, what some people call “falsetto”, which he has used in some songs this season. His range is huge…”
Note: Myron Heaton is an experienced vocal coach, but does not coach any member of Il Volo.