Oboist Marco Cera studied at the Padua Conservatory of Music (Italy) and at the Musikhochschule der Stadt Basel (Switzerland). In 1996 he was chosen as first oboe for the European Union Baroque Orchestra, with which he performed in Denmark, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa. He regularly collaborates as a soloist with the leading baroque orchestras in Italy and Europe, including Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Italiano, I Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Accademia Bizantina, Cappella della Pieta’ de’ Turchini, Ensemble Zefiro, Europa Galante, I Barocchisti, Les Talens Lyriques, and Academia Montis Regalis, and has worked with conductors Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Robert King, Jesper Christensen, Jaap ter Linden, and Barthold Kuijken. His wide discography includes works for Teldec, Opus 111, Chandos, Dynamic, Tactus. Marco moved from Italy to Toronto to play with Tafelmusik from 2000-2002, and rejoined the orchestra in January 2007. In 2010 Marco co-founded the Vesuvius Ensemble, a band dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional folk music from Naples and Southern Italy. As a multi-instrumentalist, Marco is member of Canada's premier Artic Fusion band, Ensemble Polaris.
Since COVID-19 hit, Marco created a YouTube channel where he shares videos of unusual repertoire on the baroque oboe: arranging, video recording, and editing everything by himself.
Photo credit: Sian Richards