Paolo Marzocchi

Paolo Marzocchi, pianist and composer, was born in Pesaro (Italy) in 1971, where he completed his music studies. Although classically trained, he has always had a natural approach to music, without worrying about language barriers. He devoted his career to theater, film, radio and experimented with other languages and with ‘pure’ composition.

As a composer, he has collaborated with numerous internationally renowned artists and commissioned piano, chamber and orchestral compositions in collaboration with prestigious institutions such as the Lucerne Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Fenice Theater in Venice, Pomeriggi Musicali and Orchestra Verdi in Milan, the Opera Theater in Rome, the Venice Biennale, Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica sull’Acqua Festival, Leonore Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro Multiplicidade Festival and the Borderline Moving Images festival in Beijing.

Among his most recent works is the opening of “Fantasia dell’Assenza”, his new piece for piano, orchestra and glass harp, performed by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, the musical director of Guido Barbieri’s experimental project “Le Nuove vie dei Canti” in Lampedusa, performed by local children of the island and his collaboration with the tenor Juan Diego Florez for the recording of the album “Italia”.

His new composition “O pazzo desire!” was premiered by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and directed by Diego Matheuz. Also worth mentioning are his opera “Il viaggio di Roberto” with libretto by Guido Barbieri, which received high praise from director Riccardo Muti and which Marzocchi conducted in Florence in early 2017 with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, and the experimental concerto for string quartet, double bass saxophone trumpet and electronics, with jazz trumpeter Paolo Fresu (Bologna, MAST, November 2017).

He is artistic director of the WunderKammer Orchestra ensemble.