Conductor, organist, and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon was born in Treviso, Italy. He received a diploma in Early Music from Basel's Schola Cantorum Basiliensis for his studies of organ and harpsichord with Jean-Claude Zehnder, and conducting with Hans Martin Linde. His subsequent studies were with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Hans van Nieuwkoop, Jesper Christensen, Harald Vogel, and Ton Koopman. In 1986 he won first prize in the organ competition at Innsbruck, and in 1991 first prize for harpsichord at Bologna.
Mr. Marcon founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 1997 and has led the group to international acclaim on four continents. Today he is widely recognized as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical periods. Mr. Marcon is a regular guest conductor at the Frankfurt Opera and Theater Basel and has conducted several of the principal European symphony orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a specialist of Baroque opera he has conducted numerous productions including works by Charpentier, Handel, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, Cimarosa, Boccherini, Galuppi, Vivaldi, and Mozart. In 2012 Mr. Marcon was appointed the artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra of Granada, Spain, with whom he performs Romantic repertoire. He is also the artistic director of La Cetra Baroque Orchestra in Basel.
Highlights of recent seasons included his conducting debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (Ariodante in 2014 followed by Alcina in 2016); performances at the Amsterdam Opera House, the Salzburg Festival and Granada Festival; and tours with Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, and Philippe Jaroussky. Additionally, Mr. Marcon has worked with Cecilia Bartoli, Anne Sophie von Otter, Andreas Scholl, the Labčque sisters, Viktoria Mullova, and for almost two decades with the violinist Giuliano Carmignola.
Mr. Marcon has recorded more than 50 albums for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Erato/Warner. He is professor of harpsichord, organ and Baroque interpretation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 1982 he was founding harpsichordist and organist for the Treviso-based ensemble, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca. He also founded and served as artistic director of the International Organ Festival “Cittŕ di Treviso,” where he helped facilitate the restoration of the city's historic organs.