One of Italy’s leading concert saxophonist, Marco Albonetti is engaged in performing and teaching around the world. He has appeared at numerous international venues such as the Wiener Saal of Salzburg, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, the Wits Great Hall of Johannesburg, the Palau de la Musica Catalana of Barcelona, the Teatro Espanol of Madrid, the Palau de la Musica of Valencia. His concert tours have taken place in Italy, France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, South Africa, Canada, China and the United States.
He regularly performs as soloist with Italian and international orchestras and takes part in many important international music festivals. He has been awarded first prize at several international music competitions and has recorded for RAI, SABC, PIK1, CBS, LTV Lumier, Cypriot Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Marco holds diplomas from the Rossini Conservatory (Pesaro, Italy) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Saltzburg, Austria, as well as a Master of Music degree (summa cum laude) from Bowling Green State University as student of Dr. John Sampen, and Doctor of Musical Arts (summa cum laude, Dean’s Award of Excellence) at Michigan State University, where he studied classical saxophone performance under James Forger and Joseph Lulloff and jazz saxophone performance with Andrew Speight and Brandford Marsalis.
He is the Artistic Director of the Faenza International Saxophone Festival, Italy, holds a tenured position as Professor of Saxophone at the Conservatory of Music “N. Piccinni” in Bari, Italy and was named external examiner for Doctoral Studies at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.