Born in Milan (Italy), Marco is a guitarist, composer and artistic director from Milano lecturer at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music.
He has been invited to perform worldwide at major concert halls, his concertistic career also includes performances at several international music festivals, including the “Festival Paganini” in Parma, the “Edinburgh Fringe Festival”, “Stagione Internazionale della Chitarra di Lodi”, the “Big Guitar Weekend” in Glasgow, “Aberdeen International Festival”, the “Guitar Master” in Brighton, “Concerti al Castello Sforzesco” in Milano, “Festival Internazionale di Lagonegro” and National Concert Hall international guitar serie in Dublin.
During his career he has been awarded various first Prizes in important international competitions in Italy, Spain, UK, France and Serbia.
As a composer, Marco won the prestigious “World Guitar Composition Competition” and his music is performed by internationally acclaimed soloist including Lorenzo Micheli, Sean Shibe, Andrea Dieci and Andrea De Vitis.
Marco has given lecture-recitals at different institutions and festivals, including Hong Kong guitar Symposium, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, DIT conservatory, RNCM Manchester, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Rinaldo Franci” and Instituto “Luigi Boccherini” Lucca.
His debut album “Energico” was released by Nimbus Alliance in 2013 with music by Paganini, Llobet, Boyle and Takemitsu. Classical Guitar Magazine wrote about the recording: “A major step towards international recognition from a young guitarists with much to offer”. In 2018 he released an album with Brilliant Classics with the complete solo music by Federico Mompou and Roberto Gerhard. He has also made recordings for Naxos, Dynamic records and Radio of Las Palmas.
But his dedication to music is not only confined to his performances: Marco is also Artistic Director of some music festivals in Italy and Ireland – for instance the increasingly important Festival Corde d’Autunno in Milan and TouchTheSound Project -as well as a very enthusiastic guitar teacher. From 2004 to 2018 he inspired the creation of more that one hundred events.
Marco obtained a doctorate in performing arts from the University of St Andrews (UK) with a porfolio entitled ‘The Composer and the Performer: An Intertwined Relationship’, includes studio performances, a portfolio of compositions, and several editions of existing music, together with a development project exploring the collaborative process with a luthier.
Marco has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters Degree of Performance (APEL) with Distinction nder the supervision of Prof. Allan Neave and Prof. Rory Boyle in composition.
Marco began studying guitar with Prof. Andrea Dieci. In just seven years he graduated as a private candidate from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire of Music in Milan and obtained a second level postgraduate diploma (with full marks and magna com laude) at the Luca Marenzio Conservatoire of Music in Darfo Boario Terme (Italy). Marco obtained a further postgraduate diploma in “Chamber Music” with full marks; all in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Computer science. He has participated in masterclasses throughout Europe with world-renowned guitarists such as Pavel Steidl, Oscar Ghiglia and the Japanese harpist Naoko Yoshino