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Marco Marzocchi

An eclectic, versatile artist, Marco Marzocchi was born in Rome and since he was very young he has pursued intense concert activity favourably greeted by audiences and critics. He brilliantly graduated in piano at the “L. Refice” Conservatoire in Frosinone and furthered his studies with distinguished teachers (among them: Michele Marvulli, Arnaldo Cohen, Konstantin Bogino, Tamás Vásáry); His artistic curiosity incentivized him to graduate with honours in harpsichord at the St. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome. As the winner in 1987 of a special award for contemporary music at the Béla Bartók Competition in Rome, he also attended the Zene Akademia in Budapest.

His career as a soloist ranges from Couperin, Bach, Rameau and Mozart right through the Nineteenth Century to Skriabin, Ravel, Prokofiev and contemporary composers. He performs in prestigious concert seasons as weel as national and international festivals (including the Festival di Nuova Consonanza, the Associazione Romana’s Piano Festival and the “Associazione Musicale Euterpe” series in Rome, the “Istituto Musica e Teatro” at the University of Bologna; the Liszt Museum in Budapest; the International Frederic Chopin Society in Warsaw; the Théatre Chateaubriand in Saint-Malo; the Italian Institutes of Culture in Budapest, Szèged, Pècs and Marseilles; the Manuel de Falla Hall in the Real Conservatorio Maria Cristina in Malaga etc.)

Meeting Cristina Biagini gave rise to the formation of a piano duo which has performed in important national and international concert engagements (including Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the International A. Benedetti Michelangeli Festival of Bergamo and Brescia, I Concerti del Quirinale, the Chicago Piano Duo Festival, the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Centre in Taipei, Taiwan, the Italian Cultural Institutes in Moscow, Barcelona, Marseilles and Nairobi and the Summer Arts Festival in Malta).

The Duo collaborates regularly with the “Ars Ludi” percussion ensemble with which they tackle the most important modern and contemporary composers. In this capacity they gave the first performance in Malta (2006) of Bartok's Sonata for two pianos and percussion, a performance of Saint-Saens Carnival of Animals and Bruno Maderna's Concerto for two pianos and instruments (Rome 2007), their recording the second CD of the complete works of Giacinto Scelsi including several first ever performances such as Rotativa for two pianos and percussion ensemble (Stradivarius 2008) and Orff's Carmina Burana at the Sala Sinopoli in “Parco della Musica” (Rome 2012). Contemporarily Marco Marzocchi gives concerts in various chamber music formations.

Not only an interpreter, Marco Marzocchi is widely appreciated as a valid teacher and he holds seminars and master classes at various international music institutions (in Spain, Hungary, Taiwan, Mongolia, Campus Internazionale delle Arti di Sangemini, U.S.A.). He is a professor of piano at the “O. Respighi” Conservatoire in Latina.

His collaboration with the mezzosoprano Anna Bonitatibus deserves special mention for their recording of a CD of “Ariette and Canzoni” entirely dedicated to Rossini (Un Rendez-vous, SONY-RCA Red Seal 2010). The program, highly acclaimed by critics and audiences internationally, has been performed and will continue being performed in concert in Europe. It has created in Marco Marzocchi an authentic passion for the piano pages of the “Cigno di Pesaro”: following this line he records Rossini Mon petit caprice for the German label and national and foreign magazines has positively reviewed it. Musica magazine has been the last one that has assigned him 5 stars stressing his interpretation as one of the most interesting of last years.

Noteworthy performances: the recitals as soloist and accompanist with Anna Bonitatibus in Rome (IUC - Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti), in Naples (Teatro di San Carlo), in Bilbao (Arriaga Theater), and participation in the Concert Season International “Incontri in terra di Siena 2013” in which he featured in a Rossini recital broadcast on Musica da EuroNews in 160 countries.