Born in Seravezza, Marco Balderi completed his studies in piano at the L.Boccherini Musical Institute of Lucca, before entering the L.Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, where he obtained the diplomas of choir conductor, harpsichord and organ. He then entered the S.Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, where he completed studies of orchestra conductor, and obtained the degree with honors.
Between 1984 and 1989, Balderi worked as an assistant to many distinguished conductors, such as C. Abbado, R. Chailly, C.M. Giulini, J. Levine, Z. Mehta, R. Muti, G. Patanè, W. Sawallisch, in theatres such as the Teatro alla Scala or the Salsburg Festival. From 1992 to 1996, Marco Balderi conducted the choir of the Florence Opera House, which gave him the opportunity to collaborate with Z. Mehta and S. Bychkov in numerous productions. He also gained a deep knowledge of the opera vocality.
Marco Balderi began his career as orchestra conductor after winning the International Competitions of Salzburg and Alessandria. He toured Austria, China, Corea, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and Switzerland, conducting the following orchestras : the Radio France Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Rai Symphonic Orchestras of Milan, Roma and Turin, the Radiotelevision Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Tokyo, the Orchestras of the Cagliari, Bologna, Rome and Verona Theatres, the Symphonic Radiotelevision Orchestra of Moscow, the European Orchestra of Vienna, the Radiotelevision Orchestra of Bucarest, the Academia S. Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the Padova Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Orchestra of Berlin, the St. Gallen Symphonic Orchestra.
Marco Balderi was the artistic director of the Ongakoyoku Festival of Nijgata in Japan for twelve seasons, and of the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago for two years. Among his recent engagements, the most important are his acclaimed conducting of Madama Butterfly at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and at the Opera Bastille in Paris, with the direction of Bob Wilson (January 2006).
Marco Balderi has an incredible energy and passion for music, he has studied a wide repertoire including all of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Schumann symphonies, and 200 operas (out of which he already has conducted more than 40). He has dedicated special attention to modern and contemporary music.
Role: Classical Artist