An Italian/Brazilian organist who has lived in Portugal since 2007, Marco Brescia began his musical studies with the piano. He went on to win first place in the 10th National Arnaldo Estrella Piano Competition and the prize for ‘best accompanist’ at the 8th Pro-Música National String Competition (BRA). In 2000, he received a scholarship to the prestigious summer course of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia (ESP). The following year, Brescia took part in the International Early Music Course, in Daroca (ESP), under the guidance of José Luis González Uriol and became increasingly interested in the world of the Iberian organ. Besides that, Brescia is especially interested in the historically informed performance of the Italian organ repertoire (16th - 19th century) as well as the French 19th century organ repertoire (particularly César Franck and Saint-Säens).
In 2013, Marco Brescia completed his Master’s degree in Early Music/Historic Organ Performance at the Escola Superior de Música da Catalunya / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona under the guidance of Javier Artigas and awarding the prestigious 'matrícula de honor'. In that same year he concluded his joint PhD studies in organology at the Université Sorbonne – Paris IV and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. His thesis was awarded the maximum grade, ‘très honorable à l’unanimité’.
As a performer, Brescia is regularly invited to perform at renowned organ and early music international festivals like Euro-Via / Festival Internazionale di Venezia, Festival Organistico Internazionale Città di Treviso e della marca trevigiana, Stagione Internazionale di concerti sugli organi storici della provincia di Alessandria, Settimana Organistica Internazionale di Piacenza (ITA), Landsberger Orgel Sommer (DEU), Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de Daroca, Festival Espazos Sonoros de Galicia (ESP), Festival de Órgão da Madeira, Festival de Estoril / Lisboa (PRT), Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga de Juiz de Fora (BRA), etc.. Since 2006, he has been part of an acclaimed duo with soprano Rosana Orsini. With Orsini, Brescia recorded the album 'Angels and Mermaids: Religious Music in Oporto and Santiago de Compostela (18th / 19th century)' (Arkhé Music, 2016).
Brescia was the technical coordinator on the critical restoration of the historic organ Almeida e Silva of Diamantina (built in 1787), the oldest remaining organ built entirely in Brazil. The project was supported by Brazil’s Ministry of Culture and financed by the National Bank for Social and Economic Development. Brescia is also a member of the committee for the Historical Organs of the Regional Government of the Azores and the scientific committee for the restoration of the historic organ of the National Palace of Queluz, both in Portugal. Since 2019, Brescia is a member of the jury for the National Organ Competition ‘Francisco Salinas’, in Burgos, Spain. For his work on the protection and restoration of organ heritage in Brazil, he was awarded the Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Medal, granted by the Government of the State of Minas Gerais.
Brescia is currently the artistic director of the International Organ Festival of Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso (PRT). He also serves as an integrated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.