Born: Treviso, Italy
The Italian conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and scholar, Andrea Marcon, is a leading specialist and performer of early music. He studied with Vanni Ussardi, gaining diplomas in organ and harpsichord. He continued his studies at the Basel Music Academy's Schola Cantorum Basiliensis from 1983 to 1987 under Jean-Claude Zehnder, Jesper Christensen and Jordi Savall, amongst others, and graduated in Early Music, Organ and Harpsichord. At this time he also began specializing in Italian music with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini. Other influential teachers included Hans van Nieuwkoop, Harald Vogel and Ton Koopman.
Highly active as a concert performer, Andrea Marcon has played in the most prestigious festivals and musical centres of Europe - as organist, harpsichordist, and with the instrumental ensemble the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca &045 recording as well for various television and radio networks. His CD The heritage of Frescobaldi & Nacchini Organ, 1750 on Divox Antiqua) was awarded in 1996 with the renowned Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and The Antonio Vivaldi International Disc Award for Early Italian Music as the best artistic production of 1996 & Instrumental music sector. The following CD Sonatas for Organ by Domenico Scarlatti (Divox) won in 1997 as well the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Andrea Marcon is professor of harpsichord, organ and interpretation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basle, Switzerland), and served as visiting professor at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He has held master-classes and summer courses at Pistoia, Roskilde, Goteburg, Muri, Alkmaar, Nuremburg, Stade and Bielefeld, Les Andeleys, Daroca, and for the Music Academies of Toulouse, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Karlsruhe, as well as for the North German Organ Academy directed by Harald Vogel. He has been invited to take part in the jury of the International Pachelbel Competition of Nuremburg, the Schnitger Competition of Alkmaar/Amsterdam, and the Callido Competition of Borca di Cadore.