Massimo Marchese was born in Savonam Italy, in 1965. He studied the lute with Jakob Lindbeg and took his Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London, later graduating with a Master in lute studies from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musical “Franco Vittadini” in Pavia, Italy. He also attended masterclasses with renowed lutenist Paul O’Dette.
Since 1980 he has had an active performing career both as a soloist in continuo player, collaborating with musicians such as Jakob Lindberg, Nigel Rogers, Danilo Costantini, Gaetano Nasillo, Patrizia Pace, Pietro Spanogoli, Enrico Gatti, Lorenzo Girodo and Flavio Emilio Scogna. He has also played with the Dodekachordon-Orchesta of lutes ensemble, directed by Jakob Lindberg.
He has given concerts throught Italy – in Milan, turin, Bologna, Parma, Genoa, Syracuse and Cagliari, among others – as well as internationally, in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, South America and China. He has been invited to perform in major festivals including
OudeMuziek in Utrecht, MITO SettembreMusica, Piemonte in Musica, Festival internazionale delle Arti Barocche in Genoa, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Festival de Mùsica Sacra in Tenerife, and the Music Weeks in Sofia.
He has recorded for the Italian broadcaster Rai (Radio 2, Radio3’s Piazza Verdi and Suite – La Stanza della Musica) and the National Radio of Bulgaria, as well as the record labels RCA, Bongiovanni, Stradivarius, Tactus, Solstice, Concerto, Brilliant Classics, Calliope and Centaur Records.
An enthusiastic teacher, Marchese has devoted himself to the study of various musical teaching methods such as those of Orff and Goitre, and part of his work involves training school music teachers. From 1993 to 2000 he was president of Alessandria’s Società Italiana per l’EducazioneMusicale, and it was in this role that in 1997 he participated in the Landeskongress Schulmusik, a conference dedicated to the teaching of music in schools in Stuttgart.
Marchese is also a musicologist and has been the keynote speaker at many conferences. He has served as artistic director of various early music festivals in Savona, Vigevano and Alessandria, and has taught lute at summer courses in Prato and Ravello, also assisting Ottavio Dantone in his ensemble music class at the international courses held in Pamparato. From 1993 to 1996 he both directed and taugh at the Accademia di Musica Antica in San Giovannino, based in Alessandri; more recently he has taugh lute at the “A. Vivaldi” Conservatoire in Alessadria and at the “Lorenzo Perosi” Conservatoire in Campobasso.
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