Nato a Roma nel 1963, si è diplomato in pianoforte, direzione d’orchestra, composition e ha conseguito il diploma accademico di II° livello in Composizione dal ‘900 ad oggi. Fondamentale per la sua formazione artistica ed umana è stata la profonda amicizia con Goffredo Petrassi. Ha seguito poi corsi di perfezionamento in composizione con autori come Karlheinz Stockausen, Salvatore Sciarrino, George Hurst prima di iniziare un’attività come pianista, tastierista e programmatore di sintetizzatori elettronici con Ennio Morricone, con il quale ha collaborato per più di dieci anni.
He is still working actively both as a composer and conductor and as a pianist. He has conducted important national and European orchestras, his compositions are regularly performed in important venues in Italy and abroad (for example Carnegie Hall in New York, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and many others). He is the author of many musical scores for cinema, documentaries and television productions.
The study, the work and his witty taste have led Gianluca Podio towards a variety of styles and musical expressions ranging from great classics to pop. He wrote numerous songs, many of which were performed by singers such as Renato Zero, Mina and Fiorella Mannoia while with Pino Daniele, with whom he collaborated from 1997 until his untimely death, he composed songs, made arrangements, as well as accompanying him as a pianist in the concerts that the singer-songwriter held all over the world.
He is head of the Department of Composition at Saint Louis College of Music.
In 2013 and 2014 he also orchestrated and conducted the great symphony orchestra for Pino Daniele's concerts, performed in prestigious theaters such as the concert held in September 2014 at the Arena di Verona.
Since 2015 he has held numerous concerts as a jazz pianist (for example Italian Jazz Festival in Berlin November 2018) also as conductor and arranger (Concert for the Universiade 2019, Homage to Mogol for the Music Festival in the presence of the author and many other concerts. In December 2019 he conducted, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, a great symphonic concert of film music with his original arrangements and orchestrations.