ARTISTIC PATH

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Italian/Brazilian pianist, organist and harpsichordist, Marco Brescia began his piano studies with his mother, Denise Orsini, pursuing them with Sergio Magnani and Vera Nardelli. He went on to win the first prize in the 10th National Arnaldo Estrella Piano Competition and the prize for ‘best accompanist’ at the 8th Pro-Música National String Competition, both in Brazil. In 2000, he received a scholarship to the renowned international piano course of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, in Santander,  given by Russel Sherman. The following year, Brescia took part in the International Early Music Course, in Daroca, also in Spain, under the guidance of José Luis González Uriol, and became increasingly interested in early keyboard instruments and repertoire.

In 2013, 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 Musicology / 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 invited to perform in the most distinguished venues, international festivals and concert series in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Brazil, Peru and Panama. Since 2006, he has been part of an acclaimed duo with soprano Rosana Orsini, with whom he recorded the album 'Angels and Mermaids: religious Music in Oporto and Santiago de Compostela (18th / 19th century)' (Arkhé Music, Portugal, 2016), besides the CD 'Sacred Belcanto' (Castelpor, Portugal, 2020), with Rosana Orsini and tenor Luciano Botelho. His album 'Zipoli in Diamantina: complete organ works' (Paraty, France, 2020) has been largely praised by international specialised critics.

Brescia was the technical coordinator on the critical restoration of the historic organ Almeida e Silva of Diamantina (1787), the oldest remaining church organ entirely built in Brazil. For this work he was awarded the Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Medal of Honour.

Brescia is currently the artistic director of the International Organ Festival of Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso, in Portugal, and also serves as an integrated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Since 2019, he has been a member of the jury for the National Organ Competition ‘Francisco Salinas’, in Burgos, Spain.