Luca Turilli

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Luca Turilli
Luca Turilli 2016.jpg
Luca Turilli in 2016
Background information
Born (1972-03-05) 5 March 1972 (age 47)
Trieste, Italy
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts

Luca Turilli (born 5 March 1972)[1][2] is an Italian musician (primarily a guitarist) and songwriter. He is one of the founders of the symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire.[1] He also worked on a trilogy of solo albums as Luca Turilli, and released one album under the name of Luca Turilli's Dreamquest, a project he worked on alongside Dominique Leurquin.[3] In 2008, Luca began an online guitar course titled Luca Turilli's Neoclassical Revelation. The course takes its name from his neoclassical playing style.[4]

On every Rhapsody of Fire album, Luca is the only lyricist and composes all the music with the keyboardist, Alex Staropoli (except for Il Canto del Vento written, lyrics and music, by the vocalist, Fabio Lione) and plays most of the lead guitars. He composes all the music for both his solo projects. He plays guitars on his solo trilogy and keyboards with Luca Turilli's Dreamquest featuring Dominique Leurquin as the guitarist.

On August 2011, Turilli and Staropoli proceeded to a friendly split. Alex agreed to go on as Rhapsody of Fire, while Luca decided to move on as Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, adding his name on top of the logo because of trademark reasons and old legal settlements and stopping definitely the Luca Turilli band.

From November 2016 to March 2018, Turilli with his former bandmates Fabio Lione and Alex Holzwarth after their departures from Rhapsody of Fire, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Rhapsody's Symphony of Enchanted Lands album for the 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour.

In December 2018, it was announced that Turilli, Lione and former members of Rhapsody of Fire would be re-joining to record new material under the name "Turilli / Lione Rhapsody".[5]


Luca Turilli's custom guitar in Blue.

Turilli uses custom "Luca Turilli" electric guitars made by the French luthier Christophe Capelli. He has four of them (black, white, blue and red) being part of the first series (Neoclassical Revelation Series) and three of them (black, white and red) being part of the new "Neoclassical revelation 2.0" Series.

Specifications: His new signature guitars feature a DiMarzio Tone Zone pickup in the bridge position and DiMarzio Air Norton in the neck position. They also feature maple necks, 22 fret ebony fingerboards with a custom "Tree of Life" inlays and Ibanez Lo-Pro Edge tremolo systems. The wood used for the body is alder.

He has been known to use Mesa Boogie amplifiers, Line 6 HD147 amplifiers (used for the recording of Triumph or Agony) and Marshall cabs. During his tour in 2011 he has been seeing playing through an ENGL Powerball II. He currently uses ENGL Invader for live performances (seen during the Prometheus tour).


Turilli playing with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody in November 2012.

Turilli was born in Trieste, Venezia Giulia. Due to the influence of his father, he became interested in classical music and learned to play piano and guitar.

In 1993, Turilli survived cancer at age 21.[6] The same year, he founded the band Thundercross, which was renamed Rhapsody after releasing the first demo,[7] and renamed once again to Rhapsody of Fire for trademark reasons in 2006.

In interviews, he has said that Manowar, Blind Guardian, Helloween, and Crimson Glory are influences on him and the rest of Rhapsody of Fire.

Playing style

Luca Turilli is influenced by guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Jason Becker with his neo-classical structuring and phrasing. His lead playing often includes extensive use of sweep picked arpeggios, tremolo picking, classically influenced phrases, and scales such as aeolian, harmonic minor, phrygian mode, locrian, and melodic minor. In his latest albums he introduced new ethnic elements too (Hirajoshi and Pentatonic scales).


Luca Turilli

Luca Turilli's Dreamquest

Rhapsody of Fire

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody

Turilli / Lione Rhapsody

Guest appearances

  • KamelotEpica (Guitar solo on "Descent of the Archangel")
  • Dyslesia – Who Dares Wins (Guitar solo on "Unknown Fighter")


  1. ^ a b c "Luca Turilli". Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Luca Turilli". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
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  4. ^ "Neoclassical Guitar Lessons". Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione re-unite for TURILLI / LIONE RHAPSODY, launch crowdfunding campaign".
  6. ^ Retrieved 17 March 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Rhapsody – Biografias". Retrieved 5 January 2010.
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