Markus Placci, violin
Praised for having “a magnificent personality, a superb energy, a total command and an extremely convincing taste” (La Libre Belgique), young Italian violinist Markus Placci is enjoying a growing international reputation that has already brought him solo appearences throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the United States in 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, Sanders Theater in Boston, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.
Winner of the prestigious “XXVI Vittorio Veneto Competition” on a unanimous vote of the Jury presided by Maestro Bruno Giuranna, Mr. Placci is also the recipient of numerous other international awards and prizes such as the “Brahms Preis” and “Baden-Baden Philarmonie Foundation-Carl Flesch Preis” in Germany, and the “Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize” at Tanglewood. He was also a top prize winner at the “Washington International Competition 2006”.
Since his solo debut at age of 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Mr. Placci has appeared in solo performances with major symphony orchestras like the Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain (RTVE), the Baden-Baden Philarmonie, the Annapolis Symphony, the Bologna Symphony, Milan's Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, the Padova e del Veneto Orchestra, among others.
In September 2005, collaborating with conductor Uwe Mund and the RTVE Orchestra, Mr. 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 him his “Tre Pensieri” for violin and piano, and Mr. Placci also premiered and was the dedicatee of the “9 Capricci - Human Profiles” in 2018.
Mr. Placci is also an avid chamber musician with collaborations with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Robert Levin, and has performed in prominent concert seasons such as Musica Insieme and Accademia Filarmonica Mozart in Bologna, Societa' del Quartetto of Vicenza, Asolo Musica, Steinway Hall Boston.
He is as a founding member of the Fortuna Piano Trio with K. Lee and M. Carbonara, which won the “Emanuel Ax-Villecroze Academy Award 2007” in France, and toured South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay).
Throughout the years Mr. Placci has been broadcast live on prominent radio stations such as the BBC Radio, the RTVE-Spain, the Bartok Radio-Hungary, WGBH Boston and RaiRadio in Italy.
In 2007 Mr. Placci has been appointed as Violin Faculty at The Boston Conservatory, being the youngest professor ever to have been honoured with that position.
In 2016 he was presented both with “The Boston Conservatory Outstanding Faulty of the Year”, and with the MA ASTA (American Strings Teachers Association) “Best Studio Teacher of 2016” awards.
Markus Placci makes his home between Bologna, Italy and Boston, is the Artistic Director of the Chamber Series in Boston, and plays on a 1871 J.B. Vuillaume violin, copy of the “Alard” Stradivari.