Jazz Pianist & Composer
“Marco Marconi is an accomplished, classically-trained Jazz pianist who grew up in Umbria in Italy, and who made a life changing decision to move permanently to the UK in 2012 to pursue his musical career. He made the right choice. His skill as a composer so naturally distinctive and seemingly effortless, he’s earned a reputation as a class act on the British festival circuit, the Fazioli Concert Hall in Venice and the buzzing London Jazz Club scene. Marco Marconi and his trio’s debut album NORDIK recorded in Venice in 2013, was a collection of eclectic genius and garnered rave reviews.”
Anthea Redmond, Founder JazzBitesRadio.com March 2016
Classical beginnings Born in Umbertide, Italy in 1975, Marco began his musical career as a classical pianist. Studying privately Marco gained his diploma at 22 in classical piano from the Conservatory of Music in Perugia, achieving full marks (100%) with honours.
Marco went on to win several piano competitions throughout Italy and in 1998 was a finalist in the annual competition at “La Fenice”, Venice, open only to the top graduates from Italian music colleges. Later, Marco continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Perugia and with Riccardo Risaliti, professor at the Conservatory G. Verdi in Milan.
Doctor of Jazz Having gained his first diploma in piano, Marco moved on to discover the world of jazz. Using his phenomenal technique and talent, he swiftly became a jazz appassionato, gaining a second diploma in 2005, this time in jazz, again achieving maximum votes (110/110).
Throughout this time Marco also deepened his knowledge of jazz under the guidance of Ramberto Ciammarughi, an exceptional pianist and composer on the European jazz scene. Discovering his own personal sense of style and self-expression, Marco completed his post graduate studies in jazz in 2008 winning maximum votes (110/110) and honours.
Record label In August 2013, Marco was signed up by the prestigious Candid Records Jazz label and released his piano solo CD, Mosaico, under this label in spring 2014. In summer 2015, Marco changed label to the renowned 33 Jazz Label and released Nordik, an album recorded with his UK Trio. In March 2017, the trio released Trialogue to rave reviews, again with 33 Jazz.
Composing and performing As a composer, Marco spends much of his time writing jazz, which he performs live in concert. In 2009 Marco made his UK debut at the Cheltenham Jazz Fringe Festival performing his own songs and jazz standards, returning to the UK in the autumn of 2011, headlining at the Lancaster Music Festival (UK) in piano solo. Since moving to the UK in 2012, Marco has toured the UK with his trio and performed in some of the top UK jazz clubs including Pizza Express, Ronnie Scotts, 606 Club, The Vortex, The Stables and the Mill Hill Jazz Club. Marco has performed at Umbria Jazz, Umbria Film Festival, Monterchi Festival, Arezzo Jazz, Festival of Nations, Gubbio No Borders Jazz Festival, Valmarecchia Festival and the Festival dei Saraceni in Italy.
Marco Marconi Trio Marco originally composed many of his pieces for piano solo but re-arranged them for trio and in 2007 formed the Marco Marconi Trio playing jazz standards and original compositions. Moving to the UK in 2012, Marco reformed his Trio with two outstanding UK artists, Andrea Di Biase on double bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums, touring the UK in Oct 2013 to high critical acclaim and releasing Nordik together on the 33 Jazz label.
The Trio reformed in 2015 with Emiliano Caroselli on drums and Tom Farmer on double bass and have recently released a new album, Trialogue, with 33 Jazz which has received rave reviews.
His music See Marco performing live in videoclips on his YouTube Channel or listen to some tracks from Mosaico, Nordik and Trialgoue and the Trio at Soundcloud.
Discography The Day Before (Piano solo) Self published Aug 2006
Keep the Way Clear (Marco Marconi Trio) Self published Feb 2010
Mosaico (Piano solo) Candid Records May 2014
Nordik (Marco Marconi Trio) 33Jazz June 2015
Trialogue (Marco Marconi Trio) 33Jazz Mar 2017
What they say “Marco Marconi is a pianist whose music expresses influences and deliberate nods to many genres, from classical to jazz to pop with many in between categories known only to Marco and this, from the start gains him points because the appeal of this extraordinary player is broad.” Sammy Stein – Jazz in Europe
“Pianist Marco Marconi is a remarkable musician possessed of rare talent. He has superb touch, with a highly refined sense of dynamics which he applies skilfully to suit the varying moods of the repertoire he is performing, whether solo or in Trio.” Alan Bates, Owner, Candid Records
“An exceptional talent” John Priestly, Owner, Sirocco Music
“Marco Marconi and his band were a joy to witness here in Ashburton. Beautiful solo and ensemble playing, perfectly judged for the acoustics in our 750 year old building. Can’t wait to see them again” Andy Williamson, Ashburton Live
“An inspirational feast of stylish contemporary jazz, this remarkable trio had the audience spellbound from the onset with Marco’s original compositions interspersed with jazz standards”. Roy Stevens, Stratford Jazz
Website : marcomarconi.com
Twitter : @marconijazz
YouTube : marconijazz