Luciano Tristaino studied in Italy (Perugia, Conservatorio “F.Morlacchi”,1981-1988), Switzerland (Conservatorio di Lugano,1992-93) with Mario Ancillotti and in Holland (Den Haag, Koninklijk Conservatorium,1994-96) with Rien de Reede. He has performed with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, and he was a finalist at the audition by the Karajan Academy for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994. Apart from a busy concert schedule in Italy, Tristaino has also made regular appearances in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Romania, Hungary, Australia, Sweden and the United States, both as a soloist and chamber performer.
He has worked with a diverse range of musicians such as Ancillotti, Berio, Chiarappa, Dantone, Fedi, Schaap, Vismara. He has made recordings for RAI, ABC (Australia), Bayerischer Rundfunk, RTSO, Koch-Schwan and Arts. His interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with composers such as Visser, Stockmeier, Reiner, Saunders, Hazeldine, Colombo-Taccani, Nicoli, Bellotti and Anichini (Concert for flute and orchestra). Tristaino is currently engaged with the Ensemble Nuovo Contrappunto, having recently worked with such renown figures as Ivan Fedele, Luca Lombardi, Azio Corghi, Fabio Vacchi, Marco Stroppa, Giacomo Manzoni, Luciano Berio, but also exponents of the younger generation of composers, Roberta Vacca, Massimo Lauricella, Giovanni Sollima to name but a few.
He has recorded CDs with music by Petrassi and Sciarrino, as well as a recent double-CD with eleven first performances (Ars Publica). Tristaino taught at the Conservatories at Cagliari, Cosenza, Rovigo and Trento. In 2010 has been invited to hold a masterclass at the Monash University of Melbourne as well as professor in residence at the Hobart University (Tasmania). He is currently Professor at the Conservatory “R.Franci” of Siena.