Conductor, organist, and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon is one of the most renowned musicians and specialists for early music. He was born in Treviso and received a diploma in Early Music from Basel’s Schola Cantorum Basiliensis for his organ and harpsichord studies with Jean-Claude Zehnder and conducting with Hans Martin Linde. He won first prize in the organ competition at Innsbruck in 1986 and, in 1991, first prize for harpsichord at Bologna. Today Andrea Marcon is internationally recognized as a leading interpreter for music of the Classic and Early Romantic periods, professor of harpsichord, organ and interpretation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
In 1997, he founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra (VBO), today one of the leading baroque ensembles in the world. In 2009 he also became the music director of the La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and he was appointed artistic director of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada from the season 2013/2014.
Andrea Marcon is a regular guest conductor at the Frankfurt Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and he has been invited by the Berlin Philharmonic, BR, WDR, HR, NDR and RSB radio orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Danish National Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Luzern Sinfonie Orchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Camerata Salzburg and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He has been heralded for his performances of Marcello’s Il trionfo della Musica e della Poesia; Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso, Atenaide, Tito Manlio, Gloria, Magnificat, Juditha Triumphans; Cavalli’s Calisto and Giasone; Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Vespers; Handel’s Messiah, Ariodante and Alcina; and Bach’s cantatas and Mass in B minor. His repertoire also spans Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert symphonies, early Rossini operas and symphonies by Brahms and Mahler.
Mr. Marcon recorded more than 70 CDs. For his recordings as organist and harpsichordist he was awarded four times with the Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik prize. Mr. Marcon’s recordings as conductor also received several accolades, including the Diapason D’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Vivaldi Award of the Cini Foundation, Germany’s Echo Klassik Award, the Edison Prize and two Grammy nominations.
In 2021, Andrea Marcon will receive the Händel-Preis, the award of the City of Halle will be presented to him during the Handel Festival.