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Di Marco, Marco

Born in Bologna, Italy, pianist and composer Marco Di Marco studied classical music in his youth with Enrichetta Sansilvestri, and in his late teens he studied harmony and composition with the eminent maestro Giordano Noferini. In June 1966 he graduated in Economics and Commerce at the University of Bologna.

In November 1970 he recorded his first album in Paris, “Un Autunno a Parigi”, with Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums. His second LP “At the Living Room” was recorded three years later, also in Paris, in trio with Samson and Saudrais.

During those years his fame spread rapidly throughout Europe; Di Marco performed on French and Italian radio and television stations, and participated in many important international jazz festivals.

In 1974 he recorded, again in Paris, a new album called “Together in Paris” in sextet with the celebrated American alto sax and flute player Chris Woods. His piano solo live recording “In Concert” followed in 1976:

Di Marco has recorded numerous records both as a solo artist and together with many renowned musicians, all of which have been received entusiastically by journalists and critics.

Throughout 1977 and 1978 Marco Di Marco performed on Italian and French television, sometimes solo but also with French pianist Martial Solal, and as part of a trio or quartet together with Chris Woods.

In 1979, during an Italian tour with American pianist and composer Jack Reilly, he recorded the live album “Marco Di Marco/Jack Reilly”.

In 1981, Marco Di Marco made his debut in the United States.

He performed in New York at the Jazz Forum on Broadway, at Cami Hall, at Gulliver’s Club, and he also played an unforgettable solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall. “Marco Di Marco quartet in New York” was recorded during that same period in New York in collaboration with Dave Tofani, Jack Six and Ronnie Bedford.

In 1983 Marco Di Marco performed at many concerts (which were aired on Italian Television) in trio with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Philip Catherine. In 1985 he took part in a duo with American pianist Mike Melillo.

Also in 1985 his music was recorded for a Fonit Cetra production and compiled an LP called “Lucio Dalla/Marco Di Marco”, a collaboration in quartet with Lucio Dalla, Jacky Samson and Charles Saudrais.

This success lead to another Fonit Cetra production the following year. For which he recorded the album “Suite Parisienne” in Paris in trio with Jacky Samson and Charles Saudrais. This work contains Di Marco’s compositions as well as a large part of his recordings.

In March 1989 he recorded live in concert with the pianist George Arvanitas and Mike Melillo the compact disc “One Night for 3 pianos”.

In October 1993, following a tour in the Usa, Di Marco recorded his tenth album in New York “Marco Di Marco trio in New York / SEMPRE” ; featuring Harvie Swartz on bass and Ron Vincent on drums, the record turned out to be a landmark in Di Marco’s career: during that same period he received the “1993 Award of Excellence” for his outstanding contribution to society through his compositions and performances.

The album “Best & Unreleased” containing his biggest hits, was produced immediately afterwards, featuring Chris Woods.

In November 1998, Marco Di Marco recorded his twelfth album, once again in New York, which he entitled “Marco Di Marco in New York /MY POETRY” (quartet & quintet). This time the album was recorded together with his American musician friends Harvie Swartz, Ron Vincent, Adam Kolker and Memo Acevedo.

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In September 2003 Marco Di Marco performed at some concerts in Paris and a month later, in October 2003, he recorded his new album in London, produced by Arision Recordings Ltd, titled: “Marco Di Marco / My London friends” (quartet & quintet) with his international group featuring the tenor & soprano sax, flute player Nathan Haines, and with Andy Hamill and Robin Mullarkey, bass, Eduardo Marquez, drums, Pete Eckford, percussion.

The great worldwide success of the album Marco Di Marco “My London Friends”, (produced on CD and 2 LP by Arision Recordings Ltd) has led to him to an exciting concert at the “Jazz Café” in London, with his quintet, broadcasted in Italy by RAI Radio 2 on Christmas Eve 2005, and a special interview by Fuji, the Japanese National Television.

During the last year, Arision Recordings Ltd released in CD the previous Di Marco's albums

"Un Autunno a Parigi", "At the Living Room" and "Together in Paris".

In November 2006, after several European concerts, Marco Di Marco featured again at London "Jazz Cafè", in Colchester and at London Jazz Festival.

In December his new live piano solo album came out: "EVENT Marco Di Marco in concert at the Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City" In June 2007 Di Marco received the high award of "Knight for Merit of the Italian Republic" from the Republic President Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, in honour of his worlwide outstanding artistic activity.

In December the major Canadian broadcasting stations in Toronto consecrated two whole transmission, one hour each one, to Marco Di Marco, featuring a long English-speaked interview of him and broadcasting his biggest hits (105.5 FM and Jazz Fm 91).

In May 2008 he performed a piano solo concert in Washington in a marvellous setting of the Italian Embassy Auditorium on the occasion of the celebration week of the European Culture.


1) “Un Autunno A Parigi” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0087/1970 Arision Recordings Ltd - Ari-019CD/2005 LP CD Paris 1970

Recorded in trio together with Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums

2) “At the Living Room” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0098/1973 Arision Recordings Ltd - Ari-014CD/2005 LP CD Paris 1973

Recorded in trio together with Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums

3) “Together in Paris” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0104/1974 Arision Recordings Ltd - Ari-013CD/2005 LP CD Paris 1974

Recorded in sextet with American reedman Chris Woods, Yaffa Seydou and Keno Speller on percussion, Samson, bass, Saudrais, drums

4) “In Concert ” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0236/1976 LP Paris 1976

Recorded solo piano in concert

5) “Marco Di Marco/Jack Reilly” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0300/1979 LP Italy 1979

Two pianos with the celebrated American pianist and composer Jack Reilly, live in Concert

6) “Marco Di Marco Quartet in New York” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0410/1981 LP New York 1981

Recorded together Dave Tofani, alto sax and flute, Jack Six on bass and Ronnie Bedford on drums

7) “Marco Di Marco/Lucio Dalla” Fonit Cetra-CDP-2008/1986 CD Italy 1986

Recorded live with Lucio Dalla, clarinet-vocalist, Jacky Samson, bass, Charles Saudrais, drums

8) “Suite Parisienne” Fonit Cetra-CDP-008-1987 CD Paris 1987

Recorded in trio with Samson & Saudrais

9) “One Night for Three Pianos” Nothing Like Music-NLM-2009/1989 CD Italy 1989

Recoded three pianos in concert, featuring Georges Arvanitas and Mike Melillo

10) “Marco Di Marco trio in New York/ SEMPRE” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0510/1993 Pastels-CD 20.1680 CD CD New York 1993

Recorded together with Harvie Swartz on bass and Ron Vincent on drums

11) “Best & Unreleased” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0500/1994 Pastels-CD 20.1681 CD CD Italy 1994

The best of Marco Di Marco plus an unreleased concert at Sala Europa(Italy) 7 October 1980, featuring Chris Woods, alto sax and flute, Jacky Samson, bass, Charles Saudrais, drums

12) “Marco Di Marco in New York/ MY POETRY Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0555/1999 Pastels-220276-215/2002 CD CD New York 1999

Recorded together with Adam Kolker, tenor & soprano sax, Harvie Swartz, bass, Ron Vincent, drums and Memo Acevedo, percussion

13) “Marco Di Marco/ My London friends” Arision Recordings Ltd –Ari 0012 London CD 2LP London 2004

Recorded with Nathan Haines, tenor & soprano sax,flute, Robin Mullarkey, bass, Andy Hamill, bass, Eduardo Marquez , drums, Pete Eckford, percussion

14) “Event Marco Di Marco at the Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City” Modern Jazz Record-MJC-0606/2006 CD New York 2006

Recorded solo piano in concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Contact information:

e-mail:  marco.di.marco@virgilio.it

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