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“A young guitarist about whom I’m sure we’ll hear a great deal more.”

Artistic Director - Young European Guitar Stars - Festival Corde d'Autunno

Performer, Composer and Researcher - RCS contemporary Guitar project -

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Marco Ramelli is a guitarist, composer and artistic director from Milano, Italy that has been awarded various first Prizes in international competitions in Italy, Spain, UK, France and Serbia

Marco has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters Degree of Performance (APEL) with Distinction under the supervision of Prof. Allan Neave and Prof. Rory Boyle in composition. Marco began studying the guitar with Prof. Andrea Dieci and 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 cum laude) at the Luca Marenzio Conservatoire of Music in Darfo Boario Terme (Italy). Marco obtained further postgraduate diploma in "Chamber Music" with full marks; all in addition to a bachelor's degree in Computer science.

Since October 2015 he has been teaching chamber music with guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and he is  assistant to Prof. Neave. Marco regularly teaches in courses and masterclasses and he is the principal teacher of  the ‘‘YEGS guitar master course” in Milano.

As from September 2017 he will teach at the DIT conservatory of music and drama in Dublin.

Marco’s current research: ‘RCS Contemporary Guitar research project’ is involving composers, guitar makers and institutions from all over the world with the aim of widening the guitar repertoire and find new possible developments in the technique and the construction of this beautiful instrument.

During his career he has been awarded various First Prizes in international competitions all over Europe, including the inaugural "Scottish International Guitar Competition" at the Glasgow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the "Governors' Prize for Strings", the "Blas Sanchez" competition in Spain, the "Città di Seveso" competition, the "Rocco Peruggini" competition, the Riviera Etrusca competition. In addition, he won the second prize in the renowned International Seville Guitar Competition (Spain) and in the "Concours guitare espagnol" in Albi (France). He was finalist of the Gredo San Diego competition in Madrid (Spain).

Marco regularly performs in Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK and made his USA debut in Los Angeles. He is a regular guest at many of the world leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians and composers. His concertistic career also includes performances at several international music festivals, including the "Stagione Internazionale della Chitarra di Lodi", the "Big Guitar Weekend" in Glasgow, “Usher Hall series” in Edinburgh, “Leeds International Concert Season”, “Aberdeen International Youth Festival”, the "Guitar Master" in Brighton, "Concerti al Castello Sforzesco" in Milano, Festival Internazionale di Lagonegro, the "Edinburgh Fringe Festival" and “Ullapool Guitar Festival".

As a composer, Marco won the prestigious "World Guitar Composition Competition" and his music is performed worldwide by internationally acclaimed soloist including Sean Shibe, Alberto Mesirca, Andrea Dieci, Marta Dolzadelli, Duo Ricci-Colonna, Sasha Savaloni, and Juliane Bergemann.

His debut album "Energico" was released by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and 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". 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 - for instance the increasingly important Young European Guitar Stars and Festival Corde d'Autunno in Milan in collaboration with the Sistema Italia - as well as a very enthusiastic guitar teacher. From 2004 to 2016 he inspired the creation of more than 80 events that have helped a lot of young artists emerge.



"Marco compares himself to the maximum levels with a sundry and of noteworthy repertoire showing a safety and an expressive maturity that indeed leave the sign."
Chitarra e dintorni