Conductor, organist, and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon was born in Treviso, Italy. He
received a diploma in early music from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland,
where he studied organ and harpsichord with Jean-Claude Zehnder and conducting with
Hans-Martin Linde. His subsequent teachers include Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Hans van
Nieuwkoop, Jesper Christensen, Harald Vogel, and Ton Koopman. He has won first prize for
organ performance at competitions in Innsbruck and Bologna.
Mr. Marcon founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 1997 and has led the group to
international acclaim on four continents. Today he is widely recognized as a leading
interpreter of music from the Baroque and Classical periods. Mr. Marcon is a regular guest
conductor at the Oper Frankfurt and Theater Basel, and has conducted several of the
principal European symphony orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Bavarian
Radio Symphony Orchestra. A specialist in Baroque opera, he has conducted numerous
productions that include works by Charpentier, Handel, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell,
Cimarosa, Boccherini, Galuppi, Vivaldi, and Mozart. In 2012, Mr. Marcon was appointed
artistic director of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain, with whom he performs
Romantic repertoire. He is also the artistic director of La Cetra in Basel.
Highlights of recent seasons included his conducting debut at the Aix-en-Provence
Festival; performances at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Salzburg Festival, and
Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada; and tours with Magdalena Kožená,
Patricia Petibon, and Philippe Jaroussky. In addition, Mr. Marcon has worked with Cecilia
Bartoli, Anne Sofie von Otter, Andreas Scholl, the Labèque sisters, Viktoria Mullova, and
(for almost two decades) Giuliano Carmignola.
Mr. Marcon has recorded more than 50 albums for labels that include Deutsche Grammophon,
Sony, and Erato/Warner. He is a professor of harpsichord, organ, and Baroque interpretation
at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 1982, he was a founding harpsichordist and organist
for the Treviso-based ensemble Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca. He also founded and served as
artistic director of the International Organ Festival "Città di Treviso," where he helped
facilitate the restoration of the city's historic organs.
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque
Orchestra (VBO) is recognized as one of the finest period instrument ensembles. The
orchestra has received critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout
North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in more cities across the
United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.
Committed to rediscovering 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces under Mr. Marcon's
leadership, the VBO has given the modern premieres of Francesco Cavalli's
L'Orione, Vivaldi's L'Atenaide and Andromeda liberata; Benedetto
Marcello's La morte d'Adone and Il trionfo della poesia, e della
musica; and Boccherini's La Clementina. With Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the
orchestra has staged Cimarosa's L'Olimpiade; Handel's Siroe, which was
reprised at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and Galuppi's L'Olimpiade.
Accomplishing an unusual feet for a Baroque ensemble, the VBO also premiered Philip Glass's
The American Four Seasons.
Not only celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Venice premiere of Vivaldi's Juditha
triumphans with performances at London's Barbican Centre, Brussels's Palais des
Beaux-Arts, and Carnegie Hall, the ensemble also performs this season with violinist
Viktoria Mullova at Vienna's Musikverein; violinist Nicola Benedetti on tour across the US;
and mandolinist Avi Avital in Japan.
The VBO has toured Europe, the United States, and Asia with countertenor Philippe
Jaroussky; performed concerts in France and Belgium with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux;
given concerts in Italy, Croatia, Germany, Spain, France, Mexico, the US, and Canada with
mandolinist Avi Avital; appeared at the Dresden Music Festival with soprano Karina Gauvin;
and played at the Istanbul Festival and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg with
mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená.
The orchestra's latest recording was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2015. Previous
releases received a Grammy nomination, a Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Diapason d'Or, an
ECHO Award, and an Edison Award. Along with several television specials broadcast
worldwide, the ensemble is the subject of three recent video recordings, and its
performances were featured in Richard Dindo's documentary Vivaldi in Venice.
The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.