Andrea Marcon was born in Treviso, Italy. He studied at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Jean-Claude Zehnder as well as with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Hans van Nieuwkoop, Jesper Christensen, Harald Vogel, and Ton Koopman. In 1986, he won 1st Prize at the Paul Hofhaimer Organ Competiton in Innsbruck, in 1991 1st Prize at the at the Bologna Harpsichord Competition. In addition, he was a prize-winner at the 1985 Bach-Händel Competition in Bruges.
Andrea Marcon has been the artistic director of La Cetra Barockorchester since 2009 but his long-standing ties with the orchestra date back to the very first concert in 1999. Early projects included productions in the Theater Basel with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso. Since then he has been closely associated with the Theatre where he has lead numerous productions with La Cetra, from Cavalli’s La Calisto to Charpentier’s Médée with Magdalena Kožená in the title role to Mozart’s Idomeneo and most recently Händel’s Alcina, as well as ballet productions of Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Ballett Basel.
Today Andrea Marcon is recognized one of the world’s preeminent conductors of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Wellknown soloists with whom he regularly works include Magdalena Kožená, Anna Prohaska, Cecilia Bartoli, Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky, Nicola Benedetti, Giuliano Carmignola, Viktoria Mullova, and Katia and Marielle Labèque. He has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall (Proms) and the Barbican in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elisée and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, at the Festival d’Aix-en- Provence, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Lincoln Center und Carnegie Hall in New York, Los Angeles’s Disney Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Opera City Hall und Kyoi Hall in Tokyo, to name a few.
In addition to his commitment to La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon is regularly invited to conduct major symphony orchestras, among them the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Danish National Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2015 he returned to the Aix-en-Provence Festival for a production of Händel’s Alcina.
Andrea Marcon has over 50 recordings to his name, whether as a soloist or as musical director, many of which have been awarded prizes (Edison Award, ECHO-Klassik, Diapason d’Or) or have received special recognition (two Grammy nominations).
Andrea Marcon has taught as guest professor at conservatories and universities in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Göteborg, Lyon, Hamburg, Salzburg, London, Seoul, and Tokyo, and is Professor for harpsichord and organ at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.


photo by Marco Borggreve


Parnasso in festa

Andrea Marcon


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