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Marco Mencoboni

Marco Mencoboni – curator B-Classic festival 2016!

Marco Mencoboni: harpsichordist and organist, was born in 1961 in Macerata. He studied with Umberto Pineschi, Ton Koopman, Jesper Christensen and Gustav Leonhardt with whom he graduated at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam in 1989 (UM degree). He has dedicated many years to the rediscovery and performance of ancient musical repertoire of Baroque and Renaissance. Thanks to his tireless dedication, many jewels of a forgotten music have been brought back to life including works by Ignazio Donati, Pietro Pace, Costanzo Porta, Bartolomeo Barbarino, Luigi Battiferri. Today, as soloist and director of the Cantar Lontano ensemble, he is in demand by many important festivals of early music internationally as Ambronay, Utrecht, Trigonale, Pontoise, Haut Jurà, Ravenna Festival, Rossini Opera Festival and many others. Since 1999 he is the artistic director of the Cantar Lontano festival, happening held every year in Ancona province, in the Marche. He rediscovered and enhanced the “Cantar Lontano” practice, an extraordinary vocal technique of Marche early ‘600. This incredible forgotten praxis is realized placing the singers strategically in the Church space, for the imitation of many choruses , to create a spectacular widespread effect sound. This research has led to the need to transform the unexpected places in real theatres for music, element that characterized his work in recent years, leading him to perform pieces of the Renaissance mixing natural voices to the horns of seven ships in the port of Ancona. In 2010 he began working with the Pier Luigi Pizzi around the work of Monteverdi. His latest creation is Canalgrande Adriatic baroque orchestra, an orchestra composed of musicians born and raised near the Adriatic Sea, an international project that unites musicians Italians, Croats, Slovenes, Albanians and Greeks. Since 2015 he is vice president of REMA, the European network for early music.


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