Marco Testori Baroque cello

Artist

Marco Testori began his piano studies at a very early age, and later he took up organ and cello. At the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire of Music in Milan, he earned a diploma in organ and organ composition in 1991, then a diploma in cello in 1993. After attending some courses taught by J. Goritzky, M. Flaksmann and E. Bronzi, he began to study early music in depth at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis under C. Coin.

He has collaborated with numerous ensembles including I Barocchisti, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Complesso Barocco, Accordone, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Dolce e Tempesta, Il Cardellino, Ensemble Musica Alchemica, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, La Divina Armonia, Il Suonar Parlante, Ensemble 1700, and L’Accademia Gioiosa. With them, he has recorded for various labels including Decca, Opus 111, Naxos, Sony, Amadeus and Fuga Libera.

From 1994 to 2004 he was the principal cellist of the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, with which he has appeared at the world’s most important music festivals. With Il Giardino Armonico he has recorded for Teldec. He is the principal cellist of the ensemble Atalanta Fugiens, with which he has recorded for Sony.

He has recorded concertos for cello and strings by Nicola Fiorenza with the ensemble Dolce & Tempesta. For the Passacaille label, he has recorded concertos and sonatas by the virtuoso Carlo Graziani, and he has made a CD of sonatas by cellists of the Mannheim School. On his latest CD on the Brilliant Classic label, he joined with the fortepianist Costantino Mastroprimiano in sonatas by Moscheles, Ries and Hummel.

Under his direction, the women’s choir Convivia Musica has won many national competitions. Some of the compositions and arrangements he has written for this choir have won special recognition at choir competitions.

Since October 2013, he has been the professor of baroque cello at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He gives master classes and summer courses on baroque cello and classical chamber music.