Stefano Marcocchi: Viola

 
Italian violist Stefano Marcocchi is the newest core member of Tafelmusik, moving to Toronto to join the orchestra in September 2014. A native of Parma, he studied at the Conservatorio A. Boito, graduating cum laude. There he developed an interest in early music and playing on historic instruments. 
 
Stefano joined the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra when he was still a student in Italy, and by the age of only 22 he was the youngest ever principal violist of the Italian National Radio-Television (RAI) Symphony Orchestra.
 
From 1998–2004 he was a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, serving also as leader of the viola section under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Christopher Hogwood, Kurt Masur, Mark Minkowski, Trevor Pinnock, Mihail Pletnjev and Andras Schiff. He was also invited by Claudio Abbado to join the Orchestra Mozart and the celebrated Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
 
Stefano has been a member and principal violist of Europa Galante since 2001, playing extensively also as a soloist in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, and taking part in over twenty recording projects. He has been invited regularly as principal violist by other prominent period-instrument ensembles in Italy and Europe, including Les Talens Lyriques, Il Complesso Barocco, Zefiro, EnsembleAurora, I Barocchisti, Accademia Bizantina, Ensemble Concerto and Il Pomo d'Oro.Stefano is a founding member of AleaEnsemble, a period-instrument string quartet that specializes in the classical and early romantic repertoire. Their debut recording of the complete String Quartets, Op.2 of Luigi Boccherini was awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique,and Diapason magazine has described them as “le quatuor bocchérinien de notre temps.”
 
Stefano is in great demand as a chamber musician, and fellow eminent artists include Stanley Ritchie, Fabio Biondi, Giuliano Carmignola, Stefano Montanari, Hélène Schmitt, Alfredo and Cecilia Bernardini, Alberto and Paolo Grazzi, Gaetano Nasillo, Patxi Montero, Marcello Gatti, and Maurice Steger, to name a few.
 
Together with violinist Isabella Bison he has formed “Concertante,” a duo specializing in lesser known works composed by great Italian virtuosi such as A.B. Bruni, F. Giardini, and N. Mestrino. Stefano has featured as soloist in two recordings of Telemann's Viola Concerto: the first with Ensemble Cordia (Brilliant Classics), and the second with Europa Galante (Label Agogique) for which Diapason magazine praised his “jeu suave.”
 
In 2011 he was invited to play the 1774 “Berta-Salabue II” viola at the exhibition in Parma marking G.B.Guadagnini's 300th anniversary, and in 2014 he participated at the publication of the book "The Girolamo Amati viola in the Galleria Estense," recording pieces by D.Gabrielli and A.Rolla on this rare instrument.
 
In spring 2015 he acted as concertmaster of Les Talens Lyriques under the direction of Christophe Rousset at the performance and world-première recording of E.N.Méhul's Uthal, an opera composed in 1806 in which the violas take the place of the violins as upper instruments in the strings section.
 
Since 2006 Stefano has taught baroque and classical viola at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bruneck (Südtirol).