Luca Manghi was born in Parma, Italy. In 1991 he won first prize, with all jury honours, at the Arrigo Boito National Music Conservatory. Three years later he was awarded the highest distinction by the Biella International Superior Music Academy "L. Perosi" for his work with Peter Lukas Graf. Luca attended flute master classes led by Sir James Galway, Roberto Fabiano, Maxence Larrieu, and studied in Rome with Sir William Bennett and in Paris with Jean Ferrandis for five years until 2000. While in Paris he taught music at Conservatoire de Levallois, and played in chamber music groups, orchestras and theatre. Winner of several soloist international competitions (UFAM Paris Competition, City of Genova Competition, “Cimarosa” Competition in Aversa) Luca has performed as principal flautist for Orchestra Filarmonica di Parma (1991 to 1996), Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana (1992 to 1998), Orchestre Symphonique Français (1996 and 1997), Orchestra da camera di Mantova (from 2002), Nova Amadeus and Mozart Sinfonietta Orchestras (both from 2004), touring internationally with most of them. In 2005 Luca moved to New Zealand to establish a freelance career. He is regularly invited to play as principal flute with the Southern Sinfonia, and to play flute and piccolo with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 he has taught flute and chamber music at Auckland University, and from 2009 at Otago University and Waikato University. He has also been Language Coach for New Zealand Opera since 2007, working on Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, Xerxes, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Carmen. In 2011 and 2015 Luca was invited to be guest recitalist at the Australian Flute Festival and in 2012, accompanied by David Kelly he performed recitals in Italy for the New Zealand Government and as part of the Southbank Sinfonia Anghiari Festival. Since then, the Duo Manghi-Kelly, has been often invited to perform in Europe and Asia. Their CD Quays has been released on Atoll Records.