Gianluca Ginoble is one of those artists that can create around themselves a magical atmosphere. He has a baritone velvet voice, which easily reach tenor notes without losing the softness and tone richness. This, along with an elegant and expressive stage presence, enchanted the audiences worldwide. Gianluca is one of the members of Il Volo along with the tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto.
Gianluca was born on February 11, 1995 in Atri, district of Teramo, in the centre of Italy and lives in Montepagano, a small village on the hills near Roseto degli Abruzzi. He is the son of Leonora Di Vittorio and Ercole Ginoble and has a younger brother called Ernesto. Gianluca began to sing in his early age, when he was 3, thanks to his grandfather Ernesto who brought him to the city musical events. He grew up and developed his talent with the participations to the many festivals of his region. Technically, Gianluca is a baritone and he always defines himself so, in spite of his soft voice that can reach higher, tenor notes when it is needed. Some experts said he is a Heldentenor – a baritone with a strong high register.
When Gianluca was only 12 received the special award of the critics during the Festival della Melodia in 2007, along with other recognitions during this same event. In 2008 he repeated the performance signing his name on the history of this Festival, which moves all the region of Abruzzo around music.
On July 2008 in San Benedetto del Tronto, after an intense participation on the elimination steps, Gianluca won the 13th Festival dell’Adriatico ”Voci Nuove” premio Alex Baroni starring in the Young category.
Once selected to participate of the talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone, Gianluca made his debut winning the first episode of the program on April 4th, 2009. He sang “Il mare calmo della sera” and his performance was compared to the one of Andrea Bocelli – a great honor for a boy who had just turned 14.
Ti Lascio Una Canzone was a tough test and Gianluca didn’t disappoint any expectations: the performance of the second episode was one of his best ones; although he had to compete with two other talented contestants: Ignazio Boschetto (who had won the critics award on the 1st episode and won even the second episode) and Piero Barone. Gianluca won again the 3rd episode singing “La luna che non c’è””, while on the fourth evening Gianluca performed “L’abitudine“ and the competition increased with the victory of Piero Barone. That Saturday other amazing thing happened: the director of the show Roberto Cenci put the voices of three best contestants together and the magic was created: O Sole Mio performed by Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto e Gianluca Ginoble, enchanted the audience of the Teatro Ariston.
The Final took place in May, 2009 and was exciting – a beautiful evening, rocked by magnificent songs like “Torna a Surriento“ sang by Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto together again. In this episode the winner song was “I migliori anni della nostra vita” performed by all the contestants of TLUC 2009. Gianluca performed La luna che non c’è in a duet with Riccardo Cocciante and Il mare calmo della sera with Gianluca Terranova. On May 2nd, 2009, a date that would be now a milestone in his career, Gianluca Ginoble won the talent show of RAI 1 called Ti Lascio Una Canzone, singing a song by Andrea Bocelli – Il mare calmo della sera.
After Ti Lascio Una Canzone and the meeting with Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto nothing more was the same.
Since 2009 the career of Gianluca Ginoble merges with Il Volo’s career, even if we can notice several solo activities. Still in 2009 after the victory on Ti Lascio Una Canzone, Gianluca performed in a very moving meeting in which the boys of Roseto met the boys of Aquilla, soon after the earthquake that destroyed the city.
In June, he was invited to perform at the XVI Mediterranean Games (Giochi del Mediterraneo) in Pescara, Abruzzo region. During the ceremony of the flag’s raising he sang the National Anthem (Inno di Mameli) accompanied by a choir of children from Onna. Soon later, on July 2nd 2009, the whole town of Roseto degli Abruzzi awarded him with the Rosa d’Argento for the victory on Ti Lascio Una Canzone.
The very shy Gianluca is the the most serious of the three. It is no rare to see him apologizing for a more daring joke of his companions. He admits to be different if compared with the exuberant Sicilian temper of Piero and Ignazio.
He is also a perfectionist who pays close attention to each detail of the songs he performes, but also has a funny side, with inspired stage speeches and perfect imitations of other artists like Eros Ramazzotti. Whe he is interviewed he often prefers to talk less and observe more, but his speeches go straight to the point.
Gianluca’s favourite artists are Andrea Bocelli, Justin Timberlake, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mário Lanza, Michael Bublé. He has a crush on the actress Natalie Portman. When he is free from professional commitments he returns to his hometown and plays soccer with his friends. Gianluca, who is a supporter of the AS Roma, showed all his talent on the Partita del Cuore (July, 2015), scoring one of the goals.
Recently he began to use the app Periscope, transforming the daily life of Il Volo in a real film for the joy of thousands of viewers.
Gianluca is very stylish, uses fashion wisely in a classic style. He is also a good friend and we can notice his mediation on the group, bringing a calm and healthy balance.
Read more: Gianluca Ginoble – Trivia .
Gianluca is a charming young man, with a classic beauty. He is educatd, talented, with a strong reference on family values. He has an engaging and romantic stage presence and expresses himself in a sincere and spontaneous way, showing passion for what he makes and for the world around him.
:: Author: Suzana Gutierrez (marirussu)
:: Research: All About Il Volo Team
:: Published on November 16, 2015. Translated from the Portuguese version.
:: Credits on the pictures
:: This is a dynamic article that can be updated whenever Gianluca allows us and as we organise the events before 2009 🙂
:: The references are linked on the text, when possible.
:: For a better Il Volo experience read their book: Il Volo – un’avventura straordinaria. (Ed Rizzoli)
:: This text is not the one referred in the book of Sally Blank. That text (Feb 2014) is archived here: Gianluca Ginoble / English