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Markus Placci

Violin; Chamber Music Faculty

Markus Placci earned his B.M. from the Bologna Conservatory and his Graduate Performance Diploma and an Arist Diploma from The Boston Conservatory. Placci has studied extensively with Zakhar Bron (Lubeck, Germany) and Mela Tenenbaum (New York). Placci's awards include 1st Prize at the XXVI Biannual Vittorio Veneto Competition (Italy), the Brahms Preis (Germany), the Carl Flesch Akademie Preis (Germany), the Baden-Baden Philarmonie Foundation Preis (Germany), the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize (Tanglewood Music Festival, where he has also appeared as Concertmaster of TMCO) and the Villecroze Academy Award–Emanuel Ax with the Fortuna Piano Trio (France), and he was a top prize winner at the Washington International Competition.

Placci's solo engagements include performances in world renowned venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall (Shostakovich Hall) and the Glinka Philarmonic Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Kursaal in Baden-Baden, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Teatro Comunale and Mozart Hall in Bologna, the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton. Since his debut at the age of 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Placci has appeared as soloist with major symphony orchestras such as the Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain (RTVE), the Baden-Baden Philarmonie, the Bologna Symphony, Milan's Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the St. Petersburg State Orchestra and the Padova e del Veneto Orchestra, among others. In September 2005, collaborating with conductor Uwe Mund and the RTVE Orchestra (Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Spain), Placci world-premiered with great acclaim the Violin Concerto written by Catalan composer Jordi Cervello’. The concert was broadcasted live from Teatro Monumental in Madrid, both on the radio and the national television (Tve2). In 2007, Cervello composed and dedicated to Placci his Tre Pensieri for violin and piano.

Placci is also an avid chamber musician, with performances in prominent concert seasons such as Musica Insieme and Accademia Filarmonica Mozart in Bologna, Societa' del Quartetto of Vicenza, Asolo Musica and live appearances on RadioTre Suite (Rome, Italy) and WGBH (Boston). He is a founding member of the Fortuna Piano Trio with K. Lee and M. Carbonara, which performed in France, Italy, and toured South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay).

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